Hockey fans have been longing for an NHL championship game since the end of the last season. The wait is almost over, with the Stanley Cup Finals set to begin this Saturday. It’s the ultimate sports event that will draw huge audiences from around the world. It should be said that the hockey season is pretty impressive, with games usually spanning from October to April. That’s a lot of hockey! It’s always great when a sport finally gets some love from the mainstream media. Whether it’s Tiger Woods in golf or Ronda Rousey in MMA, there’s always a big curiosity factor when a new or emerging sport is covered by the media. That’s usually a good thing, as it means there’s a market for the product being sold. That definitely applies to hockey.
Why Are Fans So Excited For The Stanley Cup Finals To Start
Aside from the fact that it’s the final four as we’ve come to know it in pro sports, this year’s Stanley Cup Finals have a little something extra. The NHL is doing its best to make this year’s championship game the biggest and the best yet. The league has worked hard to make sure that Saturday’s game is just another chapter in the ongoing story of the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings. The NHL has put a lot of effort in planning the final series, and they want to make sure that all of their fans are hyped for the games. They’ve done a great job of selling this year’s finals as the culmination of an eight-year winning streak for the Blackhawks and the start of a new period of dominance for the Kings. This year’s finals represents the best of both teams, with the Blackhawks boasting the best offense and the Kings being the best defense in the NHL. The hype is definitely warranted.
What Will Be Different This Year?
Aside from the usual hype and attention surrounding the Stanley Cup Finals, this year is going to be different. There are a few key differences that you need to know about. First of all, this year’s league-wide attention has given birth to a brand new trophy, the Larry Sanders Cup. The trophy was designed by a member of the Reddit community who goes by the name of /u/jdorny. The name is a play on words, as ‘Larry’ is short for ‘Laurence’ and ‘Sanders’ is a jab at Carolina Hurricanes star and president of the NHL Players‘ Association, Eric ‘Larry’ Sanders. The Larry Sanders trophy will be presented to the Stanley Cup-winning team during the trophy ceremony at the end of the finals. Second, for the first time in a long time, fans can look forward to a complete hockey season. That means twenty-two games instead of the usual twenty. Third, this year’s NHL awards are going to be handed out over a series of presentations. We’ll see the most prestigious awards given out, including the Conn Smythe Trophy and the Hart Trophy. Finally, the NHL is also promising a new experience for season ticket holders. There will be a limited number of gold tickets available, which will give the holders access to all 22 games. That should make for an exciting hockey season ahead.
How Is The NHL Preparing For The Finals?
Aside from hyping up the fans, the NHL is doing their best to make sure that the finals are going to be a memorable event. They’ve released a series of trailers showcasing the players and the city of Los Angeles. The league is also doing its best to provide as much content as possible for its fans. Aside from the usual TV coverage, the NHL has expanded its digital presence this year by establishing a digital studio, which will provide more content for its fans. The hashtag #StanleyCupFestival will be used to bring together fans from all over the world for an online chat about the finals. Finally, the NHL is also hosting a watch party for Game 3 on Thursday, June 6th in Chicago, with all the other games being streamed live on Twitter.
Is This Year’s Stanley Cup Finals More Exciting Than The Last Two?
One of the most important questions around these days is: is this year’s Stanley Cup Finals more exciting than the last two? The short answer is yes. The last two Stanley Cup Finals were absolutely incredible, with dominant performances by both goaltenders and some amazing comebacks. That’s not the case this year. The Los Angeles Kings are the heavy favorites, with many outlets predicting a sweep by the Blackhawks. At the very least, the Kings are going to push the defending champions to the brink. There’s not a game this year that is even remotely close, with the Blackhawks winning the first two games in a row. The Kings need one win in the next two games to take the series victory. The hype is definitely there, and it’s more than justified.
An incredible amount of work goes into to making the Stanley Cup Finals memorable. The excitement is warranted. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a hockey season this exciting, with many brands working hard to make sure that this year’s Stanley Cup Finals are going to be remembered as one of the best. Make sure to tune into this year’s championship game, as the final match-up will definitely be one for the books. This year’s Stanley Cup Finals are going to be a memorable event, and that’s largely thanks to the NHL, which has worked hard to make sure that this year is the best one yet. The games are going to be great, and the experience is going to be one that fans will cherish forever. It’s going to be an incredible hockey season, and the final four games of the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals are going to be an unforgettable event.