Groundhog’s Day

I don’t quite understand why, but it seems like just about every summer the Times runs a piece on the difficulties of minority players in the NHL.
It’s pretty typical Times-y naval gazing stuff. They under-sell the difficulties of minority players, making it seem like something as easy to overcome as a weak shot.
But at least it signals that the start of the season is close. The “race in the NHL” article in the Times is like the groundhog peeking his head out. It means hockey is near.