I must say that you actually surprised me. You really did! Congratulations!!! You actually printed the standings for not only the NHL (National Hockey League), but the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) as well.
What prompted you to do this? Was it the fact that a lot of people contacted your newspaper and complained that you don't cover hockey enough? I sincerely hope that was the reason. Because if that was the reason, then it proves that I was right in informing you that there are many more HOCKEY fans in this area than you believe there is.
But you know what, I don't think that's how it happened. Let me tell you how it happened. There wasn't enough local sports, soccer news, NBA news, MLB news or NFL news to fill up your sports section, so you thought, we might as well fill up the blank areas with hockey standings from both leagues that have teams in Northern California.
Well thank you for thinking of that as a last resort. It truly lets me know how you feel about the SAN JOSE SHARKS, the STOCKTON THUNDER, and ICE HOCKEY in general. As I have stated in the past when e-mailing you or calling your newspaper, you print all the box scores for MLB, the NBA and the NFL, never the NHL or ECHL. You only print the box score for the SAN JOSE SHARKS, and no other scores, even if it's a full schedule that particular night. And you only print the ECHL standings and the STOCKTON THUNDER box score when it's a blue moon. I truly thank you for the surprise. Now just do it more often. Like maybe, say, EVERY DAY!!!!!!!!!!
Oh, and by all means print this in your Sunday edition. I'd love to see it! And if you do print it, here's something for the silent fans out there ... TELL THE MODESTO BEE TO YOUR HEART'S CONTENT THAT YOU WANT MORE HOCKEY COVERAGE!! Have a nice day.