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Saving the Stanley Cup Final from Obscurity

By May 24, 2011

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Philadelphia Fans

We're in the final days of May, and in a perfect world it would also be the final days of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

But the end of the hockey season isn't in sight.

The Conference Finals schedule could stretch into next weekend.

Which means the Stanley Cup Final will be played in June, as it has every year since 1992.

Last year's final series continued until June 9. This year's will probably go at least that long.

And plenty of folks won't bother too watch, because early summer is too late for the NHL's crowning showcase.

As the sun warms and the days lengthen, casual fans (and potential new fans) find it all too easy to ignore hockey in June.

A more sensible schedule would see the Stanley Cup handed out by the last day of May, at the latest.

It could be done. Easily. But the obvious fix likely won't appeal to NHL owners.

Photo: Tailgating fans enjoy the sun in Philadelphia during the 2010 Stanley Cup Final (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images).


May 25, 2011 at 8:30 am
(1) Gabrielle says:

Since this isn’t completely off topic, have you seen this? Over in the UK our team (Sheffield Steelers) are getting pretty bored during the off-season, check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhCx2ZgKRfs&feature=player_profilepage

May 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm
(2) Kathy says:

I have always thought that the season is too long. Too many teams make the playoffs so the playoffs drag on into the late spring. Shorten the playoff season by changing the format. Only the top team in each division makes the playoffs. That won’t happen because the owners make the money in the playoffs. At least that’s what the NHL claims. Players don’t get paid a salary during the playoffs but they do receive a bonus for each round so I doubt the players want this to change. The more rounds you play the bigger the bonus. I’ll continue to watch as long as my team is in the playoffs.

May 31, 2011 at 5:43 pm
(3) Jerry says:

The easiest way to fix it is to:

Start the season earlier!!!

Do you complain about extending one week or two?
Starting the season one week or two earlier will ALWAYS make the Stanley Cup finals be played in May.
How about that?

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