Don't let NHL overshadow local teams

Times-Herald Editorial Staff
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On Sunday, hockey fans across Canada and the United States received some good news: the NHL lockout is over.

Unsurprisingly, many people took to social media to proclaim their love of the game, their need to see some NHL action after an extended drought, and the importance of hockey in their lives.

But fans of the NHL must not disregard the fact that, even in lieu of the big league’s season, there has been some astounding on-ice action over the past several months.

The IIHF World Junior Championship may have ended disappointingly for Canadians, but it’s tough to deny that there was some good hockey for people to watch throughout the tournament.

But for Moose Javians, some great hockey can be seen right at home at Mosaic Place.

The Warriors put on some strong hockey, even in their losses, and have a number of notable NHL players amongst their alumni, including Theoren Fleury, Pavel Kubina, Mike Keane and Ryan Smyth.

For the past two seasons, hockey fans have been treated to the sight of future Toronto Maple Leaf Morgan Rielly on Moose Jaw ice. 

Hockey fans ought not forget about the quality of amateur or minor league teams with the return of the NHL. 

Squads like the Moose Jaw Warriors are capable of putting on phenomenal games, and the level of competition in the WHL is relatively high.

Further, many future NHL stars are defining themselves on WHL rinks right now.

So next time, instead of blowing a few hundred dollars on a trip and tickets to an NHL game, perhaps consider hitting your local arena and catching the Warriors in action.

If nothing else, it will be easier on your wallet.

All editorials are written by the Times-Herald editorial staff.

Organizations: NHL, Toronto Maple Leaf Morgan Rielly on Moose Jaw, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Canada, United States

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