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Friday, September 18, 2021

This is new to me: TSN is tagging the National Hockey League games currently being played as “NHL-X”, like like in this headline.

That “X” stands for “exhibition”, of course, given that regular season doesn’t start until October (as usual). I suppose they could have gone for “NHL-PRE”, to signify the preseason (that sounds more French, which should have been apropos). I don’t know what’s preferred in Canada, but I recall a long-ago debate at the Sports Desk I used to work at over the correct terminology for games that don’t count, in any team sport. Personally, I prefer “preseason”, although not strongly so; I guess it gives the glorified intersquad scrimmages a veneer of organized legitimacy. “Exhibition”, to me, sounds more like some kind of showcased skills competition, less sport than spectacle.

Along with its compactness for easier headline-writing, I wouldn’t be surprised if the “X” was chosen as an echo of all things “extreme”, including the X-Games. Which would make the labeling even more laughable. But if it perks up interest in the upcoming season that much more, then game on…

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 09/18/2009 08:24:28 PM
Category: Hockey, Media
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