The NHL isn't airing on NBC this year, but they wanted to make sure to show that they could still provide on ice entertainment, so with more eyes on them, perhaps at any other time this fall, they made sure to go to the rink outside of Rockefeller Center.
The electoral map during the election was displayed on the rink, in what was decidedly a thumbing of the nose at hockey fans. "Oh, we can get people to watch ice rinks WITHOUT the NHL. We don't need the lockout to end! And by the way, that's the AMERICAN election. We have nothing for you, Canada! Up yours! Screw you AND your Prime Minister!"