(How I Became a [Female] Hockey Fan)!
I really just LOVE how everyone's story is so unique (no one has said anywhere near the same thing since we started this!)! But the one common thread running through them all is a love / passion / intense fandom of hockey -- GREAT story, Kim - THANKS (what were the outcomes of those games back in November?)!!
How did I become a hockey fan?
All my life I have be around hockey in some way. When I was younger my parents would take me to see a local minor league (the Hershey Bears) play. I fell in love with the sport the first time I went to a game. My dad is also a NY Rangers fan, so I was exposed to NHL hockey as well.
Although I liked watching the Hershey Bears and the NY Rangers...I never became a huge fan of either team. It wasn't until the Penguins game outside that I fell in love with a team. I am probably going to sound like a puck bunny when I say this, but Sidney Crosby's gorgeous eyes attracted me to the Penguins team instantly. But to my defense, I already liked hockey in general and could follow the game and tell you technical things that most puck bunnies could not.
After that game I was hooked. I do not think I have missed watching a game since. As I watched the Penguins the rest of that season, I learned so much about each player and realized that I no longer watched the games for Sidney....I watched the games for my team.
Since last year's playoffs I have become a huge Vancouver Canucks fan as well. I remember being bored and flipping through channels on the tv and finding a Canucks game. I wasn't really familiar with any of the western teams and automatically became entranced by the Canucks and how they play hockey. Tonight will be the first Canucks game since then that I will miss .....I am going to see my minor league team play tonight [11/06/2009]....and no its not the Hershey Bears. Although the Bears were my team when I was little, they are now my enemies, as I am a Wilkes Barre Penguins fan!
Today, my life revolves around hockey. I literally plan my life around hockey. I am in college now and refuse to take Wednesday night classes since the WBS Penguins play on some Wednesdays. I cannot hold a conversation with anyone without mentioning something about hockey. My roommate now knows the names of most of the Penguins, WBS Penguins, and some of the Canucks. She also realized that most nights I am useless company since I am sitting in front of the computer watching hockey. What can I say......its now my life!
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I also want to let you know I LOVE these stories (and so do alot of our readers) - I've always found it interesting no matter who the fan, so I'm enjoying ALL OF THIS IMMENSELY!! KEEP THEM COMING, but I ask that you email them please - THANKS!!!
Also, I ask that you please BE PATIENT as I've been receiving TONS of stories in addition to the ones that are already posted in some of the "comments" sections here that I'm hoping to re-post. If you sent in a story, it will eventually be on the blog - I promise!! ; ) JUST BE SURE TO KEEP THEM COMING (the more the better!)!!