||[May. 22nd, 2011|06:37 pm]
Other than my brief mentions of the Lightning lately, I don't think you guys have any idea that I've been into hockey since I was in middle school.|
The reason I got into hockey in the first place is because when I was 12 I had a subscription to YM magazine (which is embarrassing enough of its own accord) and one issue they had a 50 hottest men section. One of the men was a young hockey star on the Philadelphia Flyers, a certain 23-year-old Eric Lindros. Like before he had eleventy concussions and lost all his teeth and whatever. And little 12 year old me thought this dude was fiiiine, lol. So one day I was on some trip with my parents and we were in the hotel flipping channels and I saw a Philadelphia Flyers hockey game. (It was the playoffs, and they were playing the Washington Capitals. Criminy, Alex Ovechkin was like 10-11 when this was happening, lmao.) And I was like THAT IS THE HOT GUY IN THE MAGAZINE. I MUST WATCH THIS GAME. And that is what got me started.
GOD THAT IS SO EMBARRASSING I MEAN OF ALL PEOPLE EW.
Anyway, the 1996 playoffs is when the Red Wings/Avalanche rivalry really came to fruition and the moment Slava Kozlov did whatever he did to Adam Foote's face, I was officially on Colorado's side, not to mention in love with Adam Foote. I really enjoyed watching Colorado win the cup that year. (And pissing off Detroit fans by making a Yahoo screen name of "no3peat4u" in 1999, which I still have lol. I got booted from so many game tables by Detroit fans for the next couple years, haha.)
EDIT 4/3/12: I am aware that "whatever Slava Kozlov did to Adam Foote's face" was largely in retaliation for what Claude Lemieux did to Kris Draper's face. But that didn't occur to me at the time, and also I missed the original incident. Had I not been a doofy boy-crazy 12 year old, things may have turned out much differently, but this is what happened so deal. =P /edit
I grew up in CT, so who do I get to root for? Well there's really a few choices... I actually liked all three of the NYC area teams (Rangers, Islanders, Devils) which probably makes me a lame sports fan, but of course the "home team" was the Hartford Whalers. I don't know how into them I was, but I was really excited at 13 when I got to go to a Whalers vs. Avalanche game. The Avs won, which made me happy; but it was a shutout, which made me sad because I wanted to hear the horn go off and everyone cheer and all that good stuff. The very next day, Whalers owner Peter Karmanos announced that the Whalers team would be moving to North Carolina. I freakin' criiiiied, lol. (Sometime around the end of 1997 I went to a Rangers vs. Avalanche game, I don't remember who won, but the Rangers scored some goals and MSG is a hell of an arena to be in when the home team scores a goal!)
Once I got to college, and especially after the lockout, I stopped really paying attention to hockey. Although I did go to a couple of Lightning games with frankieshrader in 2009 and those were lots of fun! Except when Toronto won that one time. SO MANY SNOWBIRDS AT THAT GAME. And didn't we blow a lead too? I think we blew the lead and then they won in a shootout. So lame. But this year, I don't know what happened to get me back into things, I think just seeing so many of my friends getting into it made it easier, but dealing with all the depression I've been going through lately, having something to BE INTO really helped. So I'm really grateful for the 2011 playoffs, even if the Lightning don't end up winning (and if they do, I'll probably be in Costa Rica during the winning game anyway lol) at least I finally got back into hockey, and I hope to continue to follow it once the next season starts :)
P.S. God help me if Marty Brodeur ever retires... he's amazing!
EDIT AGAIN 4/3/12: Since this is now in my userinfo, I figure I should mention that the 2011 playoffs also made me a very mild Sharks fan. I don't pay much attention to them but they have a lot of good players and I was pulling for them in the playoffs last year. I also developed a bit of a crush on Jamie McGinn thanks to his mad acrobatic skillz here, but he's no longer a Shark, haha.