The MP3 revolution began in North American on January 20, 1995, when the Detroit Red Wings played the Chicago Blackhawks. That game was the first NHL contest to be broadcast back to radio studios using this new compression technology. The audio was so good that the entire league adopted the format, becoming the first major customer for the technology. Up until the NHL signed on, MP3s had been a commercial failure and it looked like its funders, the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany was going to kill the entire project. But because of the NHL’s faith in the technology, the engineering team was given more time to sell their invention to other people. It was the lifeline they needed and by the end of 1995, MP3s were becoming the preferred choice for shrinking music files for fast transmission over the Internet. Had it not been for hockey and the NHL, none of us would be using MP3s today.