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It's not the NHL, but it will do

Updated: September 17, 2004, 7:04 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

TORONTO -- It's not all that far removed from the last-minute pick-up hockey game going on down at the local rink. No one knows who's going to show up and what the hockey will be like or who's going to be playing with whom. And all anyone is really hoping for is two goalies.

But it's hockey. And in these first, tentative days of what most are expecting will be a long, brutal lockout of National Hockey League players by the owners, that simply can't be overstated.

Friday night in Barrie, ...

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