Thursday, June 05, 2008

Hockey history

My name is Alyson. I am from Hockeytown.

In case you didn’t watch SportsCenter this morning: my Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup last night.

I feel all warm and fuzzy and sentimental.

You have to understand – and I don’t think that I have ever really chronicled it here – that I went through a phase in middle school/early high school that Red Wings hockey was right up there with soccer. My true passion in life. It was All Hockey, All The Time in my brain. I watched hockey and I learned hockey and I knew the players and I could tell you where they were from and the exact location of their picture on the collage on my wall.

I also set the hook in a friend, Dee. She was at my house when they won the Stanley Cup in 1998. In 1999, she decided that it wasn’t cool to like hockey. Or to be my friend. Which turned out to be perfectly fine because she didn’t have any personality besides Biggest Suck Up Ever.

I fell in love with hockey because of my dad. He is a very wise man. We only had one television in the house. He wanted to watch hockey. So he taught us how to watch hockey. And love hockey. And be the daughters who could recite, on command, the year Steve Yzerman was drafted by the Red Wings.

Once, I was babysitting for the neighbors on a Saturday night. When they came home, I was watching Hockey Night in Canada on CBC. “You’re going to make a man very happy one day,” the dad said when he saw me, all of 14 years old, engrossed in a hockey game.

I’m still waiting for his prediction to come true.

In the meantime, I’m still loving hockey. I don’t watch it like I used to. I don’t have the time or the energy to put in the love. I won’t go to the parade tomorrow and I probably won’t buy a championship hat.

And I’ll still consider myself a fan.


Stace said...

That's a true love, sometimes i wish i had that but for something other than hockey b/c that sport does NOT get my attention at all, maybe it's b/c I've never played it as a sport either. Who knows but yeah for your team. :)

Plantation said...

Congrats. I was rooting for them.

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