A new sea­son brings new hope

The Compass - - SPORTS - Ni­cholas Mercer

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 nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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