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Why is hockey so violent?

If you’re a hockey fan, and you’ve ever entered into a conversation with someone who knows little or nothing about the sport – I’ll bet you’ve been asked the question; why is hockey so violent?

It’s understandable why this is so perplexing to the outside world. After all, other sports which are well-known for their fights on the pitch such as American football, both types of rugby, Gaelic and Aussie Rules etc., are more obviously physical in the sense that the aim of the sport is to grapple – at least a little or a lot in some sports.

Next week is critical for many teams who may be looking to upgrade

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NHL Expansion Talk

Opening Night Games – Jan 19

Things certainly start with a bang Jan. 19.

The defending champion Los Angeles Kings, who defeated the New Jersey Devils in a six-game Final last June, raise their banner before a matinee game (3 p.m. ET) against the Chicago Blackhawks that will be carried by NBC in the U.S. and CBC in Canada. Both networks will cover the pregame ceremony.

A riveting playoff rematch is the other matinee TV game that Saturday: The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Philadelphia Flyers to renew acquaintances in the battle for Keystone State bragging rights. NBC will carry that game regionally after the Kings’ banner raising.

That night, NHL Network viewers in the United States will see the first of its 78 live games this season when the New York Rangers, and new star Rick Nash, visit the Boston Bruins.

Canadian fans will enjoy a CBC triple-header on Opening Night. In the afternoon, the Ottawa Senators visit the Winnipeg Jets. Then, at 7 p.m. ET, the Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Montreal Canadiens to renew their passionate Original Six rivalry. Finally, the Anaheim Ducks close out the night with a game against the Vancouver Canucks at 10 p.m. ET.

Three nights later, Canada’s TSN kicks off its national coverage with a doubleheader: Winnipeg at the Washington Capitals (7 p.m. ET), and the San Jose Sharks at the new-look Edmonton Oilers (9:30 p.m. ET).