As the NHL season got underway this past week, I started to think of all the things that happen in any given year. Like snowflakes, no two seasons are alike; but that doesn't mean there won't be a considerable amount of vaguely familiar circumstances game in, game out. With this in mind, let's take a look at a few hockey happenings that are sure to grace us with their presence at some point throughout the next few months.
The Top Ten Things You Will Most Likely See/Hear/Experience in the 2010-2011 Season:
10. After a bad game, the coaching staff of the losing team will decline to comment on the officiating, while still managing to intimate that bad calls had something to do with the loss.
9. The Detroit Red Wings will manage to mesmerize the Toronto War Room into thinking a clear no-goal is actually a goal. Oh, wait...they've already done this? Yeah, then just expect it to continue.
8. NBC and Versus will continue their love affair with Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, talking ad nauseum about both players' elite skills.
7. Brian Engblom's Hair
6. Someone will propose to their significant other on the Jumbotron, prompting everyone in the arena to answer for them, with an emphatic "NO!".
5. Commissioner Gary Bettman will be met with resounding "boos" no matter which NHL arena he visits.
4. At least one article a month will appear in a Canadian paper, decrying Southern hockey markets and picking apart each franchise's attendance and financial numbers.
3. ESPN's Sportscenter will rarely, if ever, feature a newsworthy hockey clip. If a hockey clip does make the cut, however, the sportscaster will most definitely get either the player's name/team/city wrong.
2. A hockey player will find himself in a bit of a pickle after a late night out. Oh, that's already happened too?
1. No matter how well the Predators do, they will continue to slip under the radar of the national media.
I am sure there are plenty of other commonly seen/heard/done NHL happenings that could be included, but this is just a top ten and I am only one person. If you've got your own to add, feel free to leave them in the comments.