Good morning Toronto Maple Leafs fans!
It's a random Tuesday in October but ESPN has decided it's the perfect day to have all 32 teams play at the same time!
Starting at 3PM
Eastern today, team after team after team will play and it sounds great except for one thing.
Why on a Tuesday?
The Leafs game is 3pm? [No, it isn't, unless you're in California] Okay I get not everyone has a Monday to Friday, nine to five, but why not save it for a Saturday or holiday? We just had Thanksgiving / Indigenous Peoples' Day, that would have been an amazing way to kick off the season. Or save it for Family / Presidents day, or a weekend.
But, it's the NHL and we all know their motto:
"There must be a harder way"
Okay, that's not their motto, it's my employers, but it fits
So, if you get off work a noon like me, or just aren't working today, you can enjoy the full slate of games and be driven mad by the decisions you have to make over your fantasy teams (I'm just going to lose anyway)
Remember. Leafs play at 3PM – except they actually play at 6 pm Eastern. Still annoying in that way that makes me ask, "Who makes your dinner, you who thought this up?"
CLARIFICATION Every team plays today on staggered starts 15 min apart beginning at 6 pm Toronto Time with the Leafs game. The final game, the Flyers at Vegas begins at 11 pm Eastern or 8 pm local time in Vegas. Let that be a lesson to you, if you publish a schedule to the public, maybe put the time zone on it.
Here's some other news.
It would be nice if he just came out of nowhere to steal the starter role and became our Carey Price.
The Jets* coach has taken time off to be with his wife. All the best to the Bowness'
Morgan Rielly is proud of his former teammate. Maybe join him?
On that topic the Canadian Hockey League will keep on having it's theme nights to raise money for charities, refusing to join in the NHLs narrow-mindedness.
The NHL has launched a new advanced stats site using their puck tracking technology.
It's always nice to be record setting. At least that way you get remembered.
Good news for all you stamp collectors.
Finally, I was at my local rink this weekend and caught the Brock Badgers vs Queens game and don't sleep on university hockey here. It's a great game, and very affordable. Passionate fans mixed with well refreshed students makes for a good crowd. I got to see my local team beat up the visitors 6-0 and it was a great time.
Check it out if you have a chance.
Have a great day everyone!