The puck drops here

The puck drop for the 2002-2003 NHL season is just a few weeks away, and I for one can’t wait. So many questions to be answered.

Like, will Cujo finally win the Stanley Cup with Detroit? Will Steve Yzerman be able to play again after his knee surgery? What if the Red Wings have to play in Toronto in the Stanley Cup and the Leafs win for the first time since 1967? What happens to Cujo then?

Can Theo Fleury out-wrestle his personal demons and find lasting happiness, as well as the back of the net, in Chicago?

Will the Habs return to their former glory with Captain Saku Koivu back in the lineup after winning his battle with cancer?

Will Jarome Iginla put Calgary back in the playoffs, or was last year’s breakout MVP season a fluke?

Can Mario Lemieux make yet another successful comeback?

Will plucky little Steve Kariya finally make the Vancouver Canucks team this season, joining his brother in the NHL, or will he be sent back to dominate the minors once again? Will the Sedin twins finally play up to their potential? Has Todd Bertuzzi finally realized that he’s better off on the ice than in the penalty box?

Like a soap opera, every season of hockey ends in another cliffhanger. It can take years for the plot lines that exist in the sport to work themselves out, but it never gets boring because in the meantime we get to watch some excellent hockey.

If you’re one of those unfortunate people who can’t enjoy a sport without having some kind of personal stake on who wins or loses, such as myself, you can make the season a lot more thrilling by joining one of the many online fantasy hockey pools. Some of these are free and some cost money to join – although chances are if it costs money, you can win money and prizes in return. If you really know your hockey, maybe you could look at it as an investment.

This is the official site of the National Hockey League and is of particular interest to hockey fans at this time of year as it contains full reports on every team in the league, including off-season trades, evaluations of forwards, defence and goaltending, and a look at post-season prospects. Riveting stuff for fans who get out of the loop over the summer.

During the season, this site contains players statistics, game reports, video highlights and news coverage of teams, players and the league in general.

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