So August 1st is almost here which means the NHL restart is almost upon us. There'll finally be hockey on TV and it'll almost be a March Madness type format with games staggered throughout the day. Even though my team was one of the seven eliminated from the return to play I'm still pumped to watch hockey. Just wondering what everyone else is drinking or what they prefer to drink while watching a game and who you're cheering for. My Hefe won't be ready by the first games but I picked up a 30 rack of Labbatt Blue. I've spent a lot of money on beer lately so figured I'd get something cheaper to appease my wife but Labbatt has always been closely associated with hockey in my mind. Maybe cause it's Canadian, maybe because I'm from Buffalo (basically Canada according to other Americans) and we grow up drinking Labbatt like the rest of the country drinks Budweiser. Either way it's boring but that's what I'll be drinking for the play-in round. My proxy team for the play-in will be the Blue Jackets because I lived in Ohio for several years and I typically cheer for anyone that plays against the Leafs. I included NBA because I know the NHL is more niche. I'm a Lakers fan because I grew up watching Kobe but I won't be watching closely with so much hockey on.