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Some Things You May Not Know About Hockey

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You may be saying to yourself, “I'm from Los An-ga-lese, bub. I care not for, nor do I understand, this hockey of which you speak.”

And, well, fair enough.

However, there may be some things about hockey that you don't realize. Things that could potentially get you to open your minds and hearts to the sport. And that is why I am here. As a Canadian, I can be your guide into the weird and wonderful world of hockey. (I can also teach you how to train your ears so that they can't detect Celine Dion's voice at all. But, that one is going to cost you.)

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During the upcoming season, I'll be bringing you periodic updates on both the L.A. Kings and the Anaheim (no longer mighty) Ducks. But, before we get to that point, I thought that I might come with a little intro to the game for non-fans. A hockey primer, if you will. And I think you will.

I know that many of you probably view hockey as a violent game where toothless Canadians and Eastern Europeans with permed mullets – and far more consonants than vowels in their names – wail on each other for sixty minutes.

That could not be further from the truth.

Some Americans play too.