Fan Attention Shifts To College and Minor Leagues As NHL Strike Continues
For most fans of the NHL, times like these can be rough. With the league strike already forcing the league to cancel games through November, some have already begun to assume the worst: no season at all. After having 25% of games cancelled, true fans will be forced to watch hockey at the college and minor league levels.
Here at HydroWorx, we are right down the road from minor league affiliate of the Washington Capitals; the Hershey Bears (also one of our many valued customers). Many of the game’s top prospects come through the AHL every season, providing fans a glimpse of the young talent that will be featured in the NHL for years to come. With the strike looming, many teams have sent players that would normally be playing in the NHL, to minors. The most notable among Bears players is Capitals goalie Braden Holtby,who had a sensational playoff run last year year for the Capitals.
Other notable players joining the league will be Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle of the Oilers for Oklahoma City Barons; Adam Henrique and Adam Larsson of the Devils will be playing in Albany; and Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier of the Flyers will play for the Adirondack Phantoms.
The AHL sees this opportunity as a great chance to improve their popularity and image. When you are able to put top prospects up against NHL players, it really gives the fans something special to watch.
With NCAA hockey also starting, another option for hockey fans is at the collegiate level. Our customers at Boston College look to defend their Division One title as they are currently ranked first. The men have been an official sport of the NCAA since 1948, with a long history of tradition.
Women, on the other hand, also offer great competition despite only being an NCAA sport since 2001. The Minnesota Gophers look to defend their title on the women’s side.
Although many future players come from the leagues of other countries, NCAA hockey also continues to produce a large amount of NHL draftees. Because of this, you can expect to see your future NHL stars on the ice early in their careers!
MCL injuries are common in hockey, unfortunately. Thankfully though, products like the HydroWorx underwater treadmill help athletes recover quicker than ever before. In this video on our video library , head athletic trainer, Mark Poolman of University of North Dakota discusses how a collegiate hockey player used the HydroWorx therapy pool to rehab his 2nd degree MCL injury. Poolman emphasizes the importance of maintaining the athlete’s range of motion, which is why the hockey star was in the HydroWorx pool the day after his injury! Poolman had him begin his warm water therapy program with the basics, walking and jogging on the underwater treadmill and then progressed with more sport specific movements. After two full weeks of aquatic therapy, this college hockey star moved from the fluid warm water to solid ice in what seemed like no time. Click here to watch the full video from our video library.
We wish all players at every level a safe and successful season!