It's called the Olympic women's ice hockey tournament. You should really check it out. It's going to be great.There's also a men's hockey tournament, which arrives with much less fanfare than usual, since the National Hockey League, having grown tired of shutting down its season for little return on investment from the International Olympic Committee, restricted any player under contract from competing in the 2018 Winter Games. (Well, that and to NHL Coins use the Olympics as a collective bargaining chip against the players, which is a shame.)


For weeks, I had been able to trick my mind into being psyched to watch the men's tournament. It's Olympic hockey! And I'm old enough to remember what an NHL-less Olympics looked like, and remember they weren't all that terrible. Well, I mean, the Americans were, outside of 1980 and 1992, when the U.S. finished fourth (thank you, Ray LeBlanc).But lately, I've been in the Sunken Place on Olympic hockey, looking around for Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid and the collective of stars filling out national team rosters but just seeing darkness instead.