Zero hour. The last shred of hope has come and gone. A chill runs up your spine because...
THE LOCKOUT HAS BEGUN!
Both sides will argue "we didn't want this to happen!", numerous fingers will be pointed while Gary Bettman and Bill Daly allegedly fore-go their multi-million dollar salaries in a show of... solidarity with the players? Appeasement to the fans? I'm not sure, but I don't think it'll help his already tarnished image anyway.
Regardless of which side you are on (I, myself, am on the side of "pissed off season ticket holder"), the cold reality is NHL hockey will not be played for some time.
But all is not lost, for despite the NHL being on the long term injury reserve, there is still hockey that remains to be watched and enjoyed.
The St. John's IceCaps are the Winnipeg Jets' farm team and begin their regular season on October 13, so you can still watch the likes of Alexander Burmistrov with them. Top prospect Mark Scheifele starts his OHL season with the Barrie Colts on September 20. Almost-but-not-quite Top Prospect Jacob Trouba begins play for the Michigan Wolverines of NCAA fame on October 11.
There are far too many prospects to give all of them their own little sentence on when their season starts, but stay tuned to Arctic Ice Hockey as we will be providing coverage and analysis of the progress of Jets prospects all season long!
Because there is nothing better to do.
But hey... at least Evander Kane re-signed!