NHL players usually have a short off-season, with hardly enough time to get out of their skates before training camp starts again.
But last fall, negotiations over the NHL's collective bargaining agreement led to a four-month lockout that cost each team 34 regular-season games. Now we might need reminders about the league, which opens play Saturday with a new 10-year CBA.
In honor of the schedule that's been shortened to 48 games, we've put together 48 Things You Might Not Remember About the NHL, in no particular order.
Don't look for Gary Bettman or Donald Fehr on this list. We've heard the names of the commissioner and the players' union boss enough in the past few months to last until the NHL's next labor stoppage.
1. Steve Ott is no longer with the Stars: The longtime fan favorite and opponent agitator was traded to Buffalo in the off-season deal that brought center Derek Roy to Dallas.
2. The Los Angeles Kings hold the Stanley Cup: Dallas' Pacific Division rival entered the postseason as the eighth seed but claimed its first championship.
3. Ken Hitchcock coaches a defending division champ: The coach who led the Stars to their only championship led the St. Louis Blues to the top of the Central Division above Detroit and Chicago.