This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs had it all. If only hockey fans had watched it

The anemic television ratings for this year’s compelling NHL post-season raise an important question: why don’t hockey fans like hockey?

The 2016 NHL playoffs are over, and perhaps not a moment too soon for broadcasters. We will wait to see how ratings for Game 6 – the season’s finale – which featured the Pittsburgh Penguins claiming their fourth Stanley Cup, seven years to the day since they won their last one, in 2009. Yet, chances are the numbers are not good. And it might seem besides the point to bring this up now, but perhaps we might waver on these stats, rather than those from ice level, for a little while, because it’s through them we might start asking more interesting questions.

For instance: why don’t hockey fans like hockey?

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