What can you do on a night without Stanley Cup playoffs? Here are seven ideas

Rory Boylen
Val d-Or

It’s not often the NHL takes a night off during the Stanley Cup playoffs, but the two conference finals are on a break Tuesday. What can you do to fill your evening? We have a few suggestions for the hardcore fan.

Mini Sticks
Remember the days of mini-stick tournaments? Tonight is a night to bring those back, so call up your friends: grown-up mini stick tourneys are the most fiercely contested mini-stick tourneys. No equipment allowed.


We know your knees can’t take it like they used to, and your back may get sore. If that’s your excuse, we have these words of wisdom: Suck it up. #becauseitstheministickcup

NHL 14
Admit it, you haven’t been very active in your GM Connected league since the playoffs started. Or if that isn’t your cup of tea, your buddy is still rubbing it in that he beat you the last time you played 1v1…more than a month ago.

Since there’s no live NHL action tonight, it’s a good opportunity to catch up on your virtual game. And if your actual NHL team has already been eliminated from the playoffs, perhaps a Tiger Woods game is more up your alley.

NHL 94
I defy anyone who says it’s not a good idea to reach back at this gem.

Whether you have the original and a Sega, an emulator, or a modern NHL game where it’s an option, an NHL off-night is a good time for a little fun nostalgia.

Memorial Cup
In London, Ont., we have the final tournament of the major junior season, with the Guelph Storm, Val-d’Or Foreurs, Edmonton Oil Kings and London Knights competing. Tonight, the Foreurs and Oil Kings face off and the winner will clinch a spot in the semifinal game.

On Val-d’Or, one player to watch is Red Wings prospect Anthony Mantha, who THN’s Ryan Kennedy wrote about Tuesday. On Edmonton, you’ll see Isles prospect defenseman Griffin Reinhart and Ottawa first-rounder Curtis Lazar, among many others.

Major junior hockey is some of the best and the Memorial Cup is its championship event. If you’re not going to check it out when the Stanley Cup playoffs are on, check it out tonight. It’ll be over this week.

Get some fresh air, bring a hockey stick
If you’ve been lodged in your couch each night for the past month, you may have forgotten: hockey season doesn’t mean winter season. It’s actually nice out in the evening, finally, and a good time to stretch your legs with a stroll.

Wherever you go, bring your stick though. The nice weather means ball hockey games will start popping up. You’ll want to leave the house prepared.

Table Top Hockey
And you thought NHL ’94 was going to be the oldest activity on this list. Let’s go all the way back to the table top game. You have one, or someone you know has one. Somewhere. It’s probably in the basement behind the Hungry, Hungry Hippos and the Lite-Brite.


Blow off the dust and bring it upstairs. Hopefully all the pieces are still there.

Ice Breaker NHL Card Game
It’s actually pretty fun for a while. Especially if you can do a tournament. I like being the Trail Smoke Eaters. Fighting optional.


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