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Don't quit spreading the gospel of hockey

Updated: July 19, 2005, 1:06 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

In April, while on a book-promotion trip made possible because Gary Bettman and Bob Goodenow had twiddled their thumbs and thumbed their noses at NHL fans, I detoured from media and bookstore appearances to speak to a fifth- and sixth-grade class at Blessed Sacrament School in Madison, Wis.

When Father Pat Norris opened the floor to questions, they came in quick succession. And were they about books or writing? Nope. First question: "When's the NHL coming back?"

And then, all from ...

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