By Brigitte from One Girl, One Puck
So first off I’ll introduce myself. My name is Brigitte and I run the blog One Girl, One Puck, and I’m a die hard LA Kings fan. I’ve been a fan since I was a kid when my parents took me to my first game in the 1999-2000 season. The Kings had just moved into Staples Center and my dad’s company decided to get season tickets. I was going through that phase where I hated everything my parents liked, but I reluctantly went. It was a wise choice because ever since that day I have lived and breathed hockey. I’ve been through my fair share of dark times with the Kings, so finally having a few seasons in a row of prosperity has been great.
During those dark times though it’s hard to be positive watching hockey, so I developed a little thing I’ve coined the “Hockey Fling”. It’s basically where you pick a team, either before the season or during at some point, and you root for them. You have to invest all your emotion though and stick with them, even if they fail. I know that bandwagon fandom is stupid, but when your team misses the playoffs eight seasons straight you have to get through it somehow. The teams I picked were usually the opposite of the Kings. For instance, I rooted for the Penguins during the 2008-2009 season and it was a wise choice.
This season I decided to pick the Florida Panthers. I’ve always liked them but I just didn’t have the emotional strength to root for another terrible team. This year though the Panthers were a huge question mark coming into the season. I was intrigued, so I decided to throw my support their way. So far this year I haven’t been disappointed, with the only exception being the David Booth trade. Which leads me to my serious hockey confession.
I’m a closet Vancouver Canucks fan. *GASP* I know it’s sinful. The most hated team in the league has really won my heart over. It may be because of the David Booth trade, but somehow I know it started earlier than that.
You see my best friend/roommate’s boyfriend puts up sets for movies down here in LA, but he often gets work up in Vancouver. For those who aren’t aware, Vancouver is pretty much Hollywood north. Almost every movie you see these days was filmed up there. So occasionally when he’s working up there we go visit, and often we go see hockey games. Last season we went up and saw a playoff game and it was easily one of the greatest game I’ve ever seen. Not only were the fans amazing, but the whole city just buzzed. It was hockey Mecca.
Even though I wasn’t overly excited about watching the Canucks, just the idea of seeing a playoff game in Canada was overwhelmingly amazing. It was simply an experience I couldn’t turn down. This is where my dilemma started: I can’t root for the Canucks, I hate them. Yet there I was rooting for the team I’ve called my most hated for years. I even bought a jersey. I bought one of their awesome alternate third throwbacks. It was the most money I’ve ever spent on a jersey, but I love it. I wish I bought the 40th anniversary one however, but I’m sure I’ll get one when I go up this summer (unless someone has one they would like to donate to me lol).
I’ve kept this secret for so long, but I finally gave in after the Booth trade. I can’t hide my feelings anymore, I love these guys. I love Booth and Kesler and Higgins. I love Jannik Hansen and his weird little voice. I love the wizardous Sedins, and the magic they create. I even love crazy Luongo and LaPierre and Burrows. It’s sinful, it’s wrong, and I love it. It feels good to say it finally. I know I’m going to get some serious heat for this, but I don’t care. I’ll defend the Canucks until the cows come home, unless they play the Kings, then they’re on their own.
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