Last pre-season I was introduced to the fabulous world of hockey by my boyfriend. He's originally from the bay area and has been following the Sharks franchise since they started years ago. He took me to the Rookie Exhinition game between the Sharks and the Ducks at the Anahiem Ice training facility. Being in such an intimate environment really sparked something in me, and since then I've attended about 10 NHL games this past season, and have put down a deposit for season tickets for next. Also, his passion and love for the game has rubbed off on me quite a bit, and have began to consider myself quite the die-hard hockey fan.
Now, hockey consumes my life to an extent. I talk about it everywhere I go, work, school, the local dive bar...you get the idea. I even got one of my girlfriends into it by making her watch a game with me one night. She was so impressed by my enthusiasm for the game, that it got her excited about it too. This got me thinking about who else I could convert into a hockey fan. So I already have plans for getting a large group of people together to take with me to a game next season. They may think I'm crazy by the time it's over (I get kind of loud), but I hope by the end of the game, they'll love the sport a little bit more, and continue to go to games, which brings me to my point.
I have a vision....
As passionate as hockey fans are about the game, I think we can use this to our advantage. If every hockey fan out there is able to convert at least one person into a die-hard like I've become, and have been able to do with my friend, then the fan base will grow. The chain reaction will start, and maybe the NHL will get the recognition it deserves in the U.S..
HOCKEY FANS UNITE!!!