Pussies need not apply. Hockey players take catastrophic hits (like in football, except the guy is speeding at you twice as fast on skates), are expected to throw their bodies in front of 130km/h slap shots, regularly have bloody fist fights, and players have been known to break a bone on shift and yet stay on the ice only to score a goal...in other sports (HRM soccer HRM) they get pushed on the grass and they grab their chins in 'agony'. Unlike soccer, matches usually end with more than a single goal and four shots on net, and unlike basketball they don't have a hundred points only to have the game decided by a single one... if every basketball game is going to end 90-89 why not let them play for one minute and decide the winner from that. Hockey is the best mixture of both - its fast enough with enough goals and chances to make it exciting when one happens, and there isn't SO many goals that it becomes a non-event when one happens.
"Ya man, I watched the soccer match... it ended nil-nil and pretty much was them kicking the ball around in the center of the field."
"Yaaaaa well I watched basketball. They scored so many goals that I just stopped caring.
"I watched baseball dude. At least, that was before I slipped into the coma."
"Well I watched FOOOOTBAAAALLL RAWWRRRRRR...Rrrrrrr....rrrr...."
"I watched hockey...it was an exciting game all the way through..with 5 goals in total it made each one exciting and game changing without being so few that it becomes pointless to watch the game instead of the highlights...oh and did you see Crosby beat the shit out of Ovechkin?"