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Chicago Blackhawks And Hockey: 5 Reasons To Love The Game

By Gail Kauchak
Apr 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (right) is congratulated for scoring by right wing Patrick Kane (left) and center Jonathan Toews (center) during the third period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Chicago won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (right) is congratulated for scoring by right wing Patrick Kane (left) and center Jonathan Toews (center) during the third period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Chicago won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Hockey Is One Of The Best Sports Around, And Here Are 5 Reasons Why

I was at a graduation party over the weekend, and had a chance to catch up with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. He wanted to talk hockey. So we discussed the current playoff situation for a bit, and then reminisced about the old Chicago Stadium and legends Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull. But it was one statement my friend made that really hit me. “Hockey is so great!” he said. “Is there any other sport where you can substitute players without stopping the game?”  Well, I’m hard pressed to think of one.

Hockey is unique and exciting in many different ways. Here are five reasons I think hockey is the best sport around. And since this is a Chicago Blackhawks blog, I added a bonus round at the end with a few reasons the Chicago Blackhawks are my favorite team.

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1. The Pace

As I mentioned above, players can hop over the boards and rotate in and out without any stoppage of play. Who the heck needs a whistle to substitute players?! Why, that would mess up the flow of the game. It certainly does help lend to the almost non-stop action. Hockey has a rhythm that involves constant movement and constant change.

When I watch a football game, I can go clean out the dishwasher in between plays. Notice I said “in between plays,” not even “during the commercial.” There’s a lot of standing around in football. This is certainly not the case in hockey. It’s hard enough to keep up with everything when you’re paying total attention. If you got up and walked away for a few minutes during a hockey game, you would most certainly miss something.

Speaking of commercials, there really aren’t that many during a hockey game. The nature of the sport simply doesn’t allow for a whole lot of time in between the action. There might be short breaks during a period in which the networks can sneak in a few advertisements. But for the most part, they have to save the commercials for the breaks at the end of each period. This makes for very pleasurable viewing by fans (unless you REALLY need to clean out the dishwasher).

Next: More Reasons To Love The Game

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