aNewDomain — Like a rugby enthusiast, the true ice hockey die-hard isn’t your typical sports fan. Ice hockey, to many people, is a weirdly strange sport. Guys skate instead of run. A team may take 40 shots and not score one goal. Players carry around big sticks the entire game. There’s a “puck” instead of a ball. A “point” means what, exactly? Also, why are they playing a Winter sport in May and June?
To see if you’re a true ice-blue hockey fan, count off the list below. If it describes you at all, you can be sure you’re part of that unique hockey club — and if it describes your friend, your partner or anyone close to you, now you know them a whole lot better.
Signs You are an Ice Hockey Fan
- You never blame the refs for costing your team the game.
- You find the refs’ calls to be correct 99.5 percent of the time.
- You don’t like boxing or MMA, but you can’t wait for your team’s guy to beat up the other team’s guy during a hockey game. You also go nuts for awesome body checks.
- One of your conversation starters is “So, can anyone explain why Wisconsin doesn’t have an NHL team?”
- You actually understand what a “shot on goal” is, and understand the difference between that and a “scoring chance.”
- You can always follow the puck without any problem at all.
- You always hope that your favorite team and its opponent are tied at the end of regulation and the overtime period (during the regular season) so you can witness a shootout.
- You’re an American and you have no qualms about cheering for Canadians or Russians.
- You wish ice hockey players were paid more money.
- You will readily argue about whether or not Geordie Howe was better than The Great One.
- You will readily argue about whether or not Mario Lemieux was better than The Great One.
- You let nothing get in your way of watching the Winter Classic every January.
- You watch the movie version of “Miracle on Ice” every February.
- You’re an American and you don’t start watching major league baseball games until the NHL playoffs are finished.
- If you met someone online or through a mutual friend and wanted to date them, met them in person and discovered they love a hockey team that you despise, you would immediately break everything off.
- You think it’s perfectly logical and reasonable that less than half of NHL teams are eliminated from the playoffs during the regular season.
- You know, before the announcers announce it, that a player has committed a penalty that results in a penalty shot for the opposing team.
- You never get confused between a player’s individual points and a team’s points, an individual player’s goals and assists and his points, a team’s points and a team’s goals, or a team’s points and win-loss-loss record. (You also never get confused as to how a team can have a win-loss-loss record.)
- When a player gets thrown out of the face-off circle, you understand why.
- You’re disturbed that the Stanley Cup may be getting too big — as in the actual Stanley Cup trophy is literally becoming too big and unwieldy for players to lift.
So … does that sound like you?
For aNewDomain, I’m Brant David.
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