This NHL fan’s lockout solution, start seeking hockey elsewhere…

Milwaukee Admirals

As Red from the movie Shawshank Redemption says, “Get busy livin’ or get busy dying,” rings true when you consider the potential NHL lockout.  Ever have someone tell you they will call you to go do something and then never do?  And of course during that time you’ve cleared your schedule or put other things aside to remain available?  However at some point you get sick of waiting.  You tire of waiting for those plans to come into fruition and you move forward because you don’t want to kill your cherished free time doing nothing.  If that person then calls and is annoyed, I have to admit I don’t spend a lot of time worrying whether they’re irritated because they obvious didn’t care too much that they left me waiting in the lurch.  So what should you do NHL fans?  My suggestion…

College Hockey

Go find other hockey to watch and listen to.  There is plenty of it around, especially if you live in a traditional hockey market.  Even if you live in a place that does not have a lot of hockey, it can still be found and you may just ask yourself, “why didn’t I do this sooner.”  Speaking for myself, I didn’t wait long this time.  I canceled my subscription to NHL Center Ice and put that money to work by purchasing a 10-game Flex pack to the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals.  NHL hockey is terrific, but any hockey fan should be able to appreciate it at the other levels whether it be the minor leagues, major junior, college or high school hockey.  We at The State of Hockey News are going to do our best to help you find that hockey near your area. 

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Hey, it never hurts to hedge your bets.  If the NHL / NHLPA return to reality and realize they’re only hurting themselves you can always go back to them.  But I wouldn’t wait another second longer before formulating a ‘Plan B’ to satisfy your hockey craving.  I realize there is nothing revolutionary about this idea, but the goal of this article is to make it a one-stop shop for all the hockey any fan could want at a variety of different levels and leagues.  I hope this becomes a useful tool for you, especially if the NHL decides to go on a permanent hiatus for 2012-13. 

American Hockey League 

Perhaps no league benefits more from an NHL lockout than the American Hockey League.  The teams will be saturated with young talent and the result is a league that features 30 teams with near-NHL like skill level at a fraction of the cost of going to an NHL game.  Its a big reason why I didn’t hesitate to buy a 10-game flex plan.  Its a chance to watch those promising young players take their first steps into the professional game.  You don’t live near an AHL market so this isn’t an option?  No problem, here are the links for all of the AHL’s 30 teams so you can listen to the games via your computer from the comforts of your office or home.  The American Hockey League also offers an AHL Live subscription that is a bit pricey but you can watch every AHL game from your computer for about $350.  Yet the streaming audio broadcasts are free

* – Denotes teams that have Wild prospects playing for them.

Abbotsford Heat   Abbotsford Heat  (Calgary Flames)

Adirondack Phantoms   Adirondack Phantoms  (Philadelphia Flyers)

Albany Devils   Albany Devils  (New Jersey Devils)

Binghamton Senators  Binghamton Senators  (Ottawa Senators)

Bridgeport Sound Tigers  Bridgeport Sound Tigers  (New York Islanders)

Charlotte Checkers  Charlotte Checkers  (Carolina Hurricanes)

Chicago Wolves  Chicago Wolves  (Vancouver Canucks)

Connecticut Whale  Connecticut Whale  (New York Rangers)

Grand Rapids Griffins  Grand Rapids Griffins  (Detroit Red Wings)

Hamilton Bulldogs  Hamilton Bulldogs  (Montreal Canadiens)

Hershey Bears  Hershey Bears  (Washington Capitals)

Houston Aeros  Houston Aeros  (Minnesota Wild)*

Lake Erie Monsters  Lake Erie Monsters  (Colorado Avalanche)

Manchester Monarchs  Manchester Monarchs  (Los Angeles Kings)

Milwaukee Admirals  Milwaukee Admirals  (Nashville Predators)

Norfolk Admirals  Norfolk Admirals  (Anaheim Ducks)

Oklahoma City Oil Barons  Oklahoma City Oil Barons  (Edmonton Oilers)

Peoria Rivermen  Peoria Rivermen  (St. Louis Blues)

Portland Pirates  Portland Pirates  (Phoenix Coyotes)

Providence Bruins  Providence Bruins  (Boston Bruins)

Rochster Americans  Rochester Americans  (Buffalo Sabres)

Rockford Ice Hogs  Rockford Ice Hogs  (Chicago Blackhawks)

San Antonio Rampage  San Antonio Rampage  (Florida Panthers)

Springfield Falcons  Springfield Falcons  (Columbus Blue Jackets)

St. John's IceCaps  St. John’s IceCaps  (Winnipeg Jets)

Syracuse Crunch  Syracuse Crunch  (Tampa Bay Lightning)

Texas Stars  Texas Stars  (Dallas Stars)

Toronto Marlies  Toronto Marlies  (Toronto Maple Leafs)

Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins  Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins  (Pittsburgh Penguins)

Worcester Sharks  Worcester Sharks  (San Jose Sharks)

But why stop there?  If you want to listen to the younger players plying their trade in major junior and Jr.A you can listen to most of those games as well.  As is the case with the AHL, junior teams typically play most of their games in and around the weekends which may make it easier for you to set aside time to listen to a game or two.  If possible, I’d highly recommend taking a road trip to one of these games.  Junior games have kind of an interesting vibe that is a mix between high school and college sports.  So here are the streaming links by team for their respective league.  I have only included links that I know can be used for free but most of these leagues offer programs where you can pay to have on-demand audio or video of their games. 

Western Hockey League  Western Hockey League streaming radio links

Brandon Wheat Kings   Brandon Wheat Kings

Calgary Hitmen  Calgary Hitmen

Edmonton Oil Kings  Edmonton Oil Kings

Everett Silvertips  Everett Silvertips

Kamloops Blazers  Kamloops Blazers

Kelowna Rockets  Kelowna Rockets

Kootenay Ice  Kootenay Ice

Lethbridge Hurricanes  Lethbridge Hurricanes

Medicine Hat Tigers  Medicine Hat Tigers

Moose Jaw Warriors  Moose Jaw Warriors

Portland Winterhawks  Portland Winterhawks

Prince Albert Raiders  Prince Albert Raiders

Prince George Cougars  Prince George Cougars

Red Deer Rebels  Red Deer Rebels*

Regina Pats  Regina Pats *

Saskatoon Blades  Saskatoon Blades

Seattle Thunderbirds    Seattle Thunderbirds

Spokane Chiefs  Spokane Chiefs

Swift Current Broncos  Swift Current Broncos

Tri City Americans  Tri City Americans

Vancouver Giants  Vancouver Giants

Victoria Royals  Victoria Royals

Ontario Hockey League  Ontario Hockey League streaming audio links

**Note to Readers:  I have most of the links for the OHL, but not all because either no station was listed or the link seemed to be dead.  If you find the link for any of the teams I’m currently missing, just post it in the comments and I will include it with the rest of the article!  Thanks!**

Belleville Bulls  Belleville Bulls

Erie Otters  Erie Otters

Guelph Storm  Guelph Storm

Kingston Frontenacs  Kingston Frontenacs

Kitchener Rangers  Kitchener Rangers

London Knights  London Knights

Mississauga St. Michael's Majors  Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors

Niagara Ice Dogs  Niagara Ice Dogs

Ottawa 67's  Ottawa 67’s*

Owen Sound Attack   Owen Sound Attack

Peterborough Petes  Peterborough Petes

Plymouth Whalers  Plymouth Whalers

Saginaw Spirit  Saginaw Spirit

Sarnia Sting  Sarnia Sting

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds  Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Sudbury Wolves  Sudbury Wolves

Windsor Spitfires  Windsor Spitfires

Quebec Major Junior Hockey LeagueQuebec Major Junior Hockey League streaming audio links

**Note to readers:  As was the case with the OHL, I obviously do not have the entire league listed and some of that is due to the fact I am unsure which station broadcasts the games.  If you can find the link just let me know in the comments below and I will include it!  Thanks!**

Baie-Comeau Drakkar  Baie-Comeau Drakkar*

Chicoutimi Sagueneens  Chicoutimi Sagueneens

Drummondville Voltigeurs  Drummondville Voltigeurs

Halifax Mooseheads  Halifax Mooseheads

Quebec Remparts  Quebec Remparts

Rimouski Oceanic  Rimouski Oceanic

Shawinigan Cataractes  Shawinigan Cataractes

Sherbrooke Phoenix  Sherbrooke Phoenix

Victoriaville Tigres  Victoriaville Tigres

USHL  USHL Streaming Audio links

**Note to readers:  As was the case with the OHL, & QMJHL I obviously do not have the entire league listed and some of that is due to the fact I am unsure which station broadcasts the games.  If you can find the link just let me know in the comments below and I will include it!  Thanks!**

Des Moines Buccaneers  Des Moines Buccaneers

Dubuque Fighting Saints  Dubuque Fighting Saints

Green Bay Gamblers  Green Bay Gamblers

Lincoln Stars  Lincoln Stars

Omaha Lancers  Omaha Lancers

Sioux City Musketeers  Sioux City Musketeers

Tri City Storm  Tri City Storm

Waterloo Blackhawks  Waterloo Blackhawks

Youngstown Phantoms  Youngstown Phantoms

NAHL  NAHL Streaming Audio links

Aberdeen Wings  Aberdeen Wings

Amarillo Bulls  Amarillo Bulls

Bismarck Bobcats  Bismarck Bobcats

Corpus Christi IceRays  Corpus Christi IceRays (Home)  (Away)

Coulee Region Chill  Coulee Region Chill

Janesville Jets  Janesville Jets

Michigan Warriors  Michigan Warriors

Odessa Jackalopes  Odessa Jackalopes

Port Huron Fighting Falcons  Port Huron Fighting Falcons

Soo Eagles  Soo Eagles

Texas Tornado  Texas Tornado

Topeka Roadrunners  Topeka Roadrunners

NCAA

Junior and minor league hockey not your thing?  Why not college hockey?  Especially as a Wild fan, where they are now selecting more college bound players this may be something you want to get into if you haven’t already. 

WCHA WCHA Streaming Audio links

Colorado College  Colorado College

Denver  Denver

North Dakota  North Dakota

Bemidji State  Bemidji State

Nebraska-Omaha  Nebraska-Omaha*

Minnesota State   Minnesota State

Minnesota-Duluth  Minnesota-Duluth

St. Cloud State  St. Cloud State

Wisconsin  Wisconsin

Minnesota  Minnesota*

Michigan Tech  Michigan Tech

Alaska-Anchorage  Alaska-Anchorage

CCHA 
Ferris State  Ferris State

Lake Superior State  Lake Superior State

Miami Redhawks  Miami (OH)

Bowling Green  Bowling Green

Alaska-Fairbanks  Alaska

Ohio State  Ohio State

Western Michigan  Western Michigan

Northern Michigan  Northern Michigan

Notre Dame  Notre Dame*

Michigan  Michigan

Michigan State  Michigan State*

Hockey East  Hockey East Streaming Audio links
Northeastern  Northeastern

Merrimack  Merrimack

Maine  Maine

New Hampshire  New Hampshire

Boston U.  Boston University

UMass  Massachusetts

UMass-Lowell  UMass-Lowell

Vermont  Vermont

Providence   Providence

Boston College  Boston College

ECAC

Brown  Brown

St. Lawrence  St. Lawrence

Union College  Union

Clarkson  Clarkson

Princeton  Princeton

RPI  Renssalaer

Colgate  Colgate

Cornell  Cornell

Yale  Yale

Dartmouth  Dartmouth

Quinnipiac  Quinnipiac

Harvard  Harvard *

Atlantic Hockey Atlantic Hockey audio links

**Please note, that all but Air Force and RIT are pay to listen links.  I am not sure why they would want this, other than hoping to fund their broadcasts in this fashion.**

Bentley  Bentley

American International   American International

Army  Army

Air Force  Air Force

Canisius   Canisius

Holy Cross  Holy Cross

UConn Connecticut

Mercyhurst  Mercyhurst

Niagara   Niagara

Sacred Heart  Sacred Heart

RIT  RIT

Independent

Alabama Huntsville  Alabama-Huntsville

About Derek Felska

I am a lifelong hockey fan from Minnesota who loves and appreciates the game at all levels. I have been blogging about the Minnesota Wild since 2005. I cover just about every aspect of the organization from the team itself, its coaches, its management, its broadcast as well as its AHL affiliate the Iowa Wild and the club's pool of prospects. In addition to the NHL I occasionally take the time to cover college and high school hockey as well. We are the State of Hockey and I want to make this blog informative and objective from the eyes of a fan. I am a fan of the Minnesota Wild, but I am no homer. I hope what you read reflects this approach!

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