It seems like every off-season takes forever to pass before a new NHL campaign begins. But from the moment the Boston Bruins won their first Stanley Cup in 39 years on June 15 to the final night before 2011-12 NHL season begins, time has certainly flown by.
Of course, the hockey summer was sullied with the deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien, Wade Belak and then the tragic plane crash in Russia with Yaroslav Lokomotiv last month.
But as a hockey family, we move on; and the memories of those lost will be on the minds of fans and players as the NHL begins its 95th season on Thursday night.
Coming up, 11 questions that will be answered once the Stanley Cup is raised again in June.
1. Which one of the four teams participating in NHL Premiere will win the Stanley Cup?
Since the 2008 NHL Premiere Series, one team that has gone overseas has wound up winning the Cup that season. The Pittsburgh Penguins (Sweden, 2008), Chicago Blackhawks (Finland, 2009) and Boston Bruins (Czech Republic...