A offer made to players by NHL management Tuesday could bring an end to the hockey league's fourth lockout in 20 years. The six-year deal would give the players and owners a 50-50 split of the approximately $3.3 billion in revenue (the previous deal gave the players 57 percent). If the players approve, the season would begin November 2nd with a full 82-game schedule.
We'll keep our fingers crossed for a quick resoultion. In the meantime, what can avid hockey fans do to whet their appetite for the sport?
The American Hockey League (the hockey minor leagues) just opened their season over the weekend. Locally, the Chicago Wolves and the Rockford IceHogs just played head-to-head twice over the weekend. Rockford is an affiliate of the Blackhawks and half their roster has several players that have played for the parent club and were placed with the minor league team prior to the lockout.