Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend's events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it. For a lot of hockey fans, it's going to be a rough couple of months. The lockout is all but guaranteed, and will begin in less than two weeks. That means no training camp, no preseason, no regular season. For at least a few months. There will now be nothing to fill out October and November nights. No filtering through three east coast games on a Tuesday night, no scoring last-minute tickets to a game on Thursday, no staying in all Saturday and watching four games in a row. Let's be honest: You're not going to fill the void with basketball. Football is only on a handful of nights a week. So how are you supposed to fill your time? By throwing yourself into other hockey, that's how. Here in North America, or at least many parts of it, where hockey fans are already concentrated, you have a wealth of options available to you when it comes to consuming this sport. Nope, you're not going to have the NHL. But there's high school, junior, college, and minor league hockey just waiting for you to go enjoy it. And the best part is, it's dirt cheap. While millionaires and billionaires stomp their feet and hold their breath over amounts of money we can barely imagine, there's bargain-basement hockey within a relatively short drive, available for relatively little. Everyone talks about how it costs a few hundred dollars to bring a family of four to an NHL rink, and that's if your seats aren't very good. If they are, between tickets, parking, food, beers and souvenirs, among other expenses, you might end up spending even more than that. It's legitimately crazy. I was still in college during the last lockout and as you might imagine, wasn't exactly putting away big money. Yet, that year, I saw probably 60 college hockey games in person and caught a few dozen AHL games. I had never even been that big of an AHL fan despite having a team in my hometown for most of my teenage years, but I figured some hockey was better than none, and found myself very pleasantly surprised with the quality of the product. The best part was that it all cost me very little, except probably the AHL playoff tickets. But that's not something you'll have to worry about this time around, since the NHL will have long since come back by then.