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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I Hear Halloween In Switzerland Is Wild, Right Chris Kelly?

I hate to bring this up since Halloween is truly my favorite holiday of the year so I'll keep it brief: Bruins center Chris Kelly is going to Switzerland to play for HC Red Ice. He joins teammates Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron who are also playing their trade in the land of chocolate, Swiss watches and Roger Federer.

If you're keeping score at home, he is the 10th Bruin to take their talents overseas-an NHL high (loads gun). Even better, when the Winter Classic is officially cancelled any day now, expect more B's to hop on the next flight. Kelly's deal is monthly with an out clause if the NHL lockout ends.

After having already missed all the October games with no November games set to occur, the NHL lockout is in full effect and shows no signs of ending anytime soon. Much like the NBA lockout last year or the NFL lockout (why can't we have an MLB lockout too?), I have become immune to the few brief daily news to come out of this debacle. Every day that goes by with no positive movement, I become more convinced that we won't have a 2012-13 NHL season.

The fact that the NBA regular season started last night-hello Celtics-only further hurts the NHL since casual fans will forget about hockey soon enough. If you need a hockey fix, I would recommend paying closer attention to NCAA hockey. We are lucky to have the best conference in our backyard-Hockey East-with plenty of nationally ranked teams in New England: Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, UNH, Northeastern, etc.

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