Besides the friendly games of hockey and holiday parties we have a lot to get excited about with some marquee events starting up:
Starting December 14th, the first episode of 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic will be aired. The hit series will give fans a behind the scenes look at the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings as they get ready for the Winter Classic on January 1st at the Big House. The four part documentary series will reveal such things as their family lives, daily routines, and who swears the most in the dressing room. In addition, it's hard not to be excited for those epic scenes of the players in slow motion with a hipster song playing along. I have never looked forward to being hungover, but when the pucks drops on New Year's Day at 1pm I will be comfortably located on my couch in sweatpants and a cold pop in my hand.
The holiday tradition of the World Junior Hockey Championships will be something that all hockey fans will want to watch. This year the tournament will be held in Malmo, Sweden meaning Canadian and American fans will be setting their alarm clocks for an early morning wake up to watch the games. This tournament displays the best hockey players in the world under the age of 20 and gives NHL scouts and GM's an opportunity to get a closer look at the next fleet of talent for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Every year a select few junior hockey player's get the chance to make a name for themselves and play the role of hero for their country with bone crushing hits, dirty dangles, and clutch goals. Get ready for the 4th Annual Dirty Dangle WJHC Pool!
The holidays fly by, but be sure to slow down with friends and family to watch some hockey or even settle those year-long disputes on the outdoor rink with a nice hipcheck into a snowbank. Cheers.