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Dallas Stars and NHL Hope to Begin 2021-2022 Season with Full Arenas
After the bubble last season and this condensed 56-game 2021 season, everybody surrounding the sport is looking to return to full normalcy in October.
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As we head towards what look to be brighter days in this pandemic, we continue to hope that by the time the 2021-2022 season begins, it does so in full arenas, with normal divisions, and in the form of 82-game schedules with full travel.
It has been far too long since an NHL arena was rocking with a full crowd. The NHL has done an excellent job finding ways to finish the season in 2020 and structure a strange 2021 season. It was imperative that amidst all of this craziness, the NHL awarded a Stanley Cup champion. While they did a great job, games in empty arenas, a bubble, new division alignments, and so much more took away from the intensity of the sport. Whether you are a player, announcer, writer, or an employee of the team, this pandemic changed the day-to-day for everyone in the sport.
There is absolutely no guarantee that things will be back to normal and it will take some time no matter what to do so. However, the NHL has already started to plan for next season and they believe that they can do so with more normalcy.
This will be a huge storyline across the NHL as we finish out the 2021 playoffs and head into hopefully the first full season in two years. Dallas Stars’ fans can hold onto hope that the American Airlines Center will be full of victory green come October, 2021.