The NHL Canceled Games Through Dec. 30, So Here Are Some Swedish Hockey Fireworks

12.11.12 5 years ago 9 Comments

Hey, remember hockey?

The NHL eliminated 16 more days from the regular-season schedule Monday, and if a deal with the players’ association isn’t reached soon the whole season could be lost.

The league wiped out all games through Dec. 30 in its latest round of cancellations. (via

That’s … basically the saddest thing, and no amount of me editorializing on it can make it better. I’m not Barry Melrose over here, the best I can muster is, “enghhhhh give me hockey back you stupid assholes.” It’s looking more and more like the 2012-13 NHL season won’t exist, so I might as well get comfortable reporting about the Swedish Winter Classic, wherein somebody made international hockey better by adding a bunch of fire to it.

Via Greg at Puck Father:

This year marked the 100th birthday for [Swedish Elitserien hockey team] Brynäs [IF], and the franchise celebrated the moment with Canadiens-esque hyperbolic grandeur: An outdoor game in front of 15,000 fans at Glaveboken Arena vs. Timrå IK, in minus-12 degrees weather — so cold that the players’ water bottles kept freezing during the match.

To deal with the cold, they played some techno music and LIT EVERYTHING ON FIRE.

I think the narrator speaks for everyone when he says, “OOH HO HO OYOYOYOYOYOY.”

New plan: either bring back the NHL, or set everyone keeping us from having it on fire.

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