Friday, May 28, 2010

Ways to Sound Like A Hockey Fan

It's official. The Chicago Blackhawks are going to the Stanley Cup finals. This means, of course, that the whole town will be hockey crazy for a little while longer. As a life long hockey fan (We could ice skate before we could ride bikes.), here are a few things to say to sound like you know and love the game.

  • "Hey, stay away from our goalie." No matter what the other team does -- skate too closely, push the goalie, spray ice on him -- defend your goalie. Even if the act isn't really worthy of a penalty, teams take the job of protecting their goalies very seriously. For bonus points, say, "Antii Niemi is amazing. Is he really a rookie?" Our goalie has been amazing in the playoffs.
  • "The Stanley Cup is the coolest trophy ever." This is true and not because it means your team is the best in the league for that year. It's the coolest because every player and coach gets it for a day. Yes, tradition says that if your team wins the Stanley Cup trophy, then you get it for a day. A few years ago, the winning coach put it in his backyard and invited fans to take a photo with him and the trophy. It is the most traveled trophy of any sport, having gone around the world and appeared in numerous television shows.
  • "I love when an Original Six team makes the Stanley Cup finals." The Original Six are essentially the founding teams of our modern NHL. For bonus points, know that the Original Six are the Chicago Blackhawks, the Detroit Red Wings, the Boston Bruins, the New York Rangers, the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Most people cannot name all six, even if they are lifelong hockey fans.
One piece of musical trivia about the Chicago Blackhawks. The team plays the same song every time they score. This has become their signature sound. In an interview last season, the band The Fratellis (Chelsea Dagger) said they hadn't heard of the Chicago Blackhawks until someone told them the team was using their song. Other teams hate, hate, hate it. One opposing player said something to the effect of "All we want is to not hear that song when we play the Blackhawks at home." I'm not sure if that's the exact quote, but it's close. I started laughing when he was saying it because to a Blackhawks fan, it's the sweetest sound in the world.

Now, go forth and cheer for the Blackhawks. Just remember, it's a sweater, not a jersey and no shaving your facial hair until after we win the series.

This was originally posted on the Chicago Moms Blog post. 

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