Dave, I'm originally from a good 200 miles north of Texas, so I'm much more cold-resistant than your average native Texan.
(Actually, I hate cold weather. Long underwear it is.)
Wendy, I appreciate the advice. Strangely, the Single Minded site was not working (at least for me) yesterday afternoon, but it appears to be working now. I'll check it out. I'm not as into AHL hockey as I am NHL and the juniors - although that was not the case during the work stoppage! Neither the AHL (minors) nor the OHL (juniors) have released their schedules yet, but if the Toronto St. Michael Majors (OHL) are playing that week I'll probably go. It's always fun to watch the younger players.
Frodo, sorry to hear about ticket prices. It's not unique to Toronto, but it's not widespread. It's really only the hotbeds of hockey in large cities; Detroit, New York (Rangers only! nobody goes to Islander games!), etc. Last time I went to Calgary, I sat five rows off the ice for $45 CDN, which is absurdly cheap by my measure.
For me it will be a one-time event, so it would have to be a pretty steep cost to prevent me from going. On a more regular basis, well, I'm glad I live in Dallas. Ticket prices are cheap enough, and my time is scarce enough, that whenever I do get the time to go I just go. The days of season tickets ended when I had a daughter a few years back. Now I usually buy a 10-game pack for the season and go just to those plus a couple on the spur of the moment. Hopefully that will enable me to get All-Star tickets in Dallas this year... otherwise it's a ticket broker. Talk about expensive.
Thanks to all. I'm not sure what a blether is, but if Frodo's up for it I suppose it can't kill me... right?