Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold are allegedly set to make their NHL debuts tonight in the Calgary Flames’ season finale against the Vancouver Canucks.
Things can change so quickly in hockey. In college football or basketball, a player can go pro, but it won’t be until next season that you see them. College hockey, by virtue of the fact that it wraps up before the NHL season, can give you a situation like this, where Gaudreau and Arnold were playing for their college team just three days ago, and are going to be skating for an NHL team today. We recently saw this with Chris Kreider, who won a national championship with the Eagles in 2012, then soon thereafter was scoring big goals in the playoffs for the New York Rangers.
Needless to say, some of you are going to want to watch this Calgary game.
Gametime is 9pm Eastern, but you can catch it on television if you happen to be in, say, western Canada. It will be on three SportsNet regional stations: Calgary, Pacific, and West.
This is where having NHL Gamecenter comes in handy. If you do, or have the NHL Center Ice package on your cable gizmo, you’ll be able to watch. For those with NHL Center Ice on DirecTV, the game will be on Channel 782.
If they play, good luck to our boys.