Following the Capitals’ 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL Stadium Series game in Annapolis, Md., on Saturday, RMNB crasher Lindsey shared her reflections on the community she’s found in hockey fandom. Her post is reprinted here with permission.
When people ask me why I like ice hockey, coming from Ireland, as I do, I can only shrug my shoulders.
About four and a half years ago, one of my best friends took me to my first NHL game. It was the New York Rangers against the Boston Bruins, in Madison Square Garden and it was pretty life-altering.
By the end of this month, I will have been to five more NHL arenas (as well as the Navy Memorial Stadium in Annapolis) and I will have seen nine more teams play. I’ve found it hard to explain why I love ice hockey so much. Some of it might be down to the fact I played field hockey for about twenty years, and ice hockey is similar, but with players wearing knives on their feet, shooting a disc of vulcanized rubber about at high speeds, and occasionally fighting each other.
But another important part of hockey, for me, has been the sense of community.