|Me and my brother Joe at St. Louis Blues game|
A reader recently asked me to cover something outside of my comfort zone.....HOCKEY.
Ummm.....hockey, I wrote back. Really? REALLY, he responded. I know nothing about hockey. Don't know what a power play is, what icing is, etc.
I reached out to my friend, Dale Wiley, who loves all things sports related. HELP, I wrote in an email. He told me to stop by and he would give me the heads up on the sport. "You're gonna love it," he wrote. I thought yeah, right....this girl, whose sport is shopping, ain't gonna even like it.
As life happens, when I stopped by for my lesson Dale was out of town. Shoot, still didn't know what a power play or icing was, but I went with my brother (full disclosure- he does know what the calls mean) to St. Louis to watch them play the Colorado Avalanche.
I had this vision of what I THOUGHT a hockey fan was......Man, my perception was wrong!
No brawling in the stands, just lots of people from 3 - 80 something having loads of family friendly FUN.
However, there was lots of brawling on the ice between the players. I mean real fights on skates with thin blades. Heck, I can't even walk a straight line in a pair of heels anymore so the players earned my respect.
Every time a goal was scored (there were 7 for the Blues in this game) a fan in the stands riled the crowd to a frenzy by shouting out the number of goals and throwing a t-shirt into the stands. The crowd responded by shouting back the number and grappling for the shirt.
Cool, now I want one of those t-shirts he threw out. I will be back to collect one of them soon. Wonder if the team would teach me to skate?
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