Why do I want to see a game in every NHL arena?
You see, I’m a huge hockey fan. As far as I can remember, I’ve watched hockey. I have very faint memories of the Philadelphia Flyers winning the Stanley Cup; considering that the last time they got their hands on the hallowed trophy was on the very day of my 4th birthday, you can see I took to the game early.
I grew up a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, but living in Quebec City, I switched allegiance when the Nordiques entered the NHL. Sadly, I managed to attend only one NHL game growing up (although I saw a few games while the team played in the WHA, including seeing Gordie Howe play on a line with his 2 sons!), and always dreamed of owning season tickets. When the team was moved to Colorado, I was crushed, and stopped watching hockey altogether (except for the end of the playoffs).
And then at the end of 2000, I moved to Montreal. I was back in a hockey town, but the town of the enemy. I started attending a few games a year, and my passion for hockey started to come back. And yes, over time I started to root for the home team. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!
The post 2005 lockout rule changes really made a difference for me; it brought back a lot of the excitement in the game. And as I was progressing in my career, I felt ready to fulfill my childhood dream: season tickets! But by the time I made the decision, there was a waiting list for Habs season tickets. A big one. I’ve kept a spreadsheet of the progress I’ve made so far, and I estimate my name will come up in 2032. No joke! What could I do?
And then one day I got an idea: while I patiently wait for my name to come up in my home town, I will attend a game in every arena in the NHL. Easy, isn’t it?
There’s no time limit. Just an excuse to travel a little, and enjoy the sport I love with other people sharing a passion for this beautiful game. Many people I’ve shared my plan with have told me to keep a journal. This is it, this is why you are here. If you’d like, follow me around the NHL. I’ve already been to Boston and Ottawa, so those will be written about in the past tense. Or in the present when I visit again. That leaves 27 teams to go… (Maybe 29 if the NHL has an expansion in the next few years…)
And if you like what I write here, and like music, you might like my other blog Diary of a Music Addict.