A new season brings new hope
There are a couple of things you can count on when the calendar turns the page from summer to fall.
The leaves will slowly begin to change colour and the National Hockey League will return.
The first thing started a few weeks past, but hockey got started last night (Oct. 8). Among the participants, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens renewed their storied rivalry on Sportsnet’s new platform, while across the country the defending Stanley Cup champions began their latest reign.
Let’s talk about the new hockey platform for a minute. One first glance, it appears to be the be-all-end-all of puck coverage in this country.
Gone are the days of regional blackouts when all we could hope for in this neck of the woods were the Ottawa Senators. There are now hosts — we’re looking at you George Stroumboulopoulos — new segments and a whole new presentation.
Sportsnet has a referee helmet camera (which is really cool), a floating camera and even bench cameras. I’m not sure why a viewer wants to see what a player looks like on the bench, but to each their own I guess.
Of course TSN is still bringing you its exceptional coverage, but now there is a new player in town.
This new presentation means new beginnings for the rapid hockey fan. It means watching on your iPad and through the cam- era lens what you want to see.
As coverage begins again with new additions, teams march out their new-look rosters too.
There are new pieces all over the league. Teams, themselves, are beginning with a new slate. They might have a new goaltender or marching out their prized draft pick.
For them, they are filled with overt optimism that this season will be different.
Every new season is like this. As the opening faceoff is finished, hope springs anew. Washed away are the sins of last season. The record is set to 0-0, although by the time you read this teams will have a mark in either the win or loss column.
Every team is equal. It really doesn’t matter your team finished last season on a 10game slide and was out of the playoffs for a third straight season.
These new beginnings mean you get to start again. You get to hope again.
Before the season becomes a murky cesspool of losses and missed opportunities, that sliver of optimism is eternal.
Like the glimmer of a new day in the eyes of a child, such is a new season to a diehard fan.
There is no disappointment at the beginning of a new season. There is only hope. Fans live on it. — Nicholas Mercer is a reporter/photographer with the Compass. He lives in Bay Roberts and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org