- "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.
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.