When Ice Hockey is life
Regarding the fandom, ice hockey fans are among the most passionate on the planet. And with fans of celebrities such as Rod Stewart getting into action British ice hockey might be about to take advantage of a purple base growth patch. fans. Fingers crossed, right?
But for those of us who already live, eat and breathe ice hockey, how far would we be ready to carry our love of hockey? Although we don't have as many products available here in the UK, our cousins on the other side of the pond in North America are spoiled for choice. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at what the average day of a super ice hockey fan might look like if he or she went out of their way.
Yep, it starts from the moment you are woken up by your flagship alarm clock. You remove your team brand duvet, jump out of bed and draw your NHL curtains. Grab your favorite jersey, put on your NHL sneakers and go downstairs for breakfast. Oh and don’t forget to turn off your NHL bedside lamp – energy conservation and all that.
At the table, you go into a bowl of Ovi-Os with honey nuts (cereals from Alex Ovechkin) before enjoying a cup of steaming coffee in your team mug. It's a weekend and there's a game tonight, so you're not going anywhere yet.
You spend the rest of the morning sorting out your collectible cards and choosing your fantastic team before the start of the first games of the weekend. It's a tough job as there are potential returns in perspective, but you stick with your proven team selection for the 3rd consecutive week.
You're nervous about the game tonight and can't eat more than a bite for lunch, so you jump online to try to distract yourself from your team's current injury list. And so you open your video slot machine on the theme of ice hockey "Ice Hockey Hero". Look, you're trying to distract yourself from the game tonight, but you're just human, right?
You can play this particular game at most of the biggest online slots providers, so it's not too hard to find. And luckily for you, there are many websites that offer free spins without you having to spend any money. Bonus!
Once you've released your nervousness enough to think about the game, it's time to watch an accumulation of pre-games on NHL TV. You of course have a season pass. You watch the interviews, correct the anchor wrong assumption that a certain player will not be playing well tonight and realize that it is time to move to the stadium.
Caption – Heaven is a place on Earth
You live a stone's throw from the stadium (of course), so you're here to watch the team arrive and maybe take a few autographs to add to your collection. You are fully dressed in your scarf, hat, jersey, team jacket and carry a bag of mini-training kit for all your little pieces.
You buy your program 497 e and you go to the match. We all know what's going on in the games so there is no point in describing what we all understand too well. The match ends with a victory for your team and you are obviously delighted. So it's time to celebrate like a real hockey fan.
It’s now a day in the life of a great North American fan, so no matter where you are, there is bound to be at least one ice hockey themed bar or restaurant. In the region. If you're in Toronto, you'll head to Gretzky. In Seattle, it's the Angry Beaver, Calgary at Flames Central, while in New York you have The Flying Puck.
You order the meal which is skillfully named after a legend from the local team – something like the Bossy Burger or Pizza Potvin, and finish with a trifle Trottier. We don't know if these meals exist, but if they don't have them, they really should. Then it's time to go back.
You recorded the game and watched a replay while enjoying a cold movie in the glass that you bought at the stadium gift shop. Satisfied that you haven't missed anything, it's time to sit back and enjoy one of your favorite movies. You have all the hockey-related movies you can imagine on Blu-ray of all those shady movies Mighty Ducks to the classic Slap Shot . You decide to Goon because you only watched it 32 times.
Soon it's time to go to bed and brush your teeth with your Slap Shot hockey stick toothbrush. You transform into an adult NHL-themed suit and set your light alarm before laying your head on your Stanley Cup pillow to dream of what the rest of the season could bring.
We know, this is more like the perfect day in the life of a super fan and if we are honest, that is sort of what it is. Unfortunately, we don't have it so well here in the UK. But that's precisely why we need to do more to help our teams promote themselves.
Ice hockey has the potential to become a huge sport here in the UK, and as fans we can make it happen. So, if you like the idea that ice hockey has a prominent place in British sport, then you know what to do. Whenever you go to a game, make it your mission to bring with you a friend or family member who has never been to a game before.
Maybe we will never really reach the super fandom levels that our friends in North America enjoy; after all, football will always be the number one sport here. But at the very least we can help our teams create a better atmosphere for their home games. So buy your team's merch whenever you get the chance, give it to your loved ones at Christmas and bring your friends to every home game you can. The future of ice hockey in the UK is in the hands of the fans. So let's not drop the league.