In 2004, a young man (well, if you count 26 as young) got to live a dream of a lifetime and go to a Stanley Cup Finals Game. That young man was me, and being from Newfoundland where the closest NHL team is Boston (it could be Toronto, but I can't stand the Leafs) I never even got close to a pre-season game in my first 25 years of life.
That year, I experienced the greatest sports feeling in the world. Being a part of 19,000+ fans who are dedicated to one hockey team. Last year I was part of a season-ticket for the Flames and experienced games 1 & 7 of Round 1 against the Ducks. I didn't think it would compare at all to my first ever playoff experience. I was wrong. The atmosphere is created by those 19,000+ fans each and every playoff game.
This year I was lucky enough to get a ticket to last night's Game 3 against the Wings. The chills I experienced the night of the Stanley Cup Finals 3 years ago returned when the power ring in the middle of the Pengrowth Saddledome turned red - all red. The crowd drowned out anything audible, all you could hear was cheering broken up by "Go Flames Go!" every once and a while.
So to all NHL fans, especially those in historic hockey towns in the US like New York or Detroit, I ask you: What is it that doesn't make you want to cheer like the fans in Canada do? I watched both games from Detroit and even read the blogger from Detroit on here who could get 10 tickets from game 1. I don't care how long you've had regular season success, no excuse in the world could make me understand how all fans in all NHL cities couldn't be like the ones I celebrated with last night in the Saddledome.
With all that said, the next chant I want to hear is "FLAMES IN SIX! FLAMES IN SIX!"