The National Hockey League lockout, however long it might last, will separate the true hockey fans from the NHL fans.
Someone who is a connoisseur of a sport can appreciate it at any level. That's not to say there's anything wrong with preferring one incarnation of game over another. Didn't Lou Reed's Coney Island Baby ("just remember different people have peculiar tastes") make the world safe to prefer college basketball to the NBA, or like the CFL more than NFL? Conversely, there's nothing wrong with wanting to see a sport played by the most highly skilled and highly compensated practitioners in the world, even it means putting up with lockouts, media saturation, Stanley Cup final games in June and Gary Bettman.
The absence of big-league hockey for the next few weeks, perhaps months, might cause a scramble for a shinny fix. The NHL is more accessible than junior hockey. It is easier to find on TV. It is easier to find out who are the good and bad guys. But it's not here right now. To help with the coping, Buzzing The Net is glad to offer a guide to some major junior teams one ought to considering supporting in the interim.Read More »from NHL lockout: 10 junior hockey bandwagons to board until the big leaguers come back