Being from Maine, you can’t help but grow up to love hockey. It’s ingrained in you. Even though back when I was a kid, the NHL ranked a distant third behind the NFL, and college football. But once we got cable TV in the 8th grade and I could watch games it was over. As there is no intensity like a playoff hockey game that goes into OT. Doesn’t matter what league, NHL, Minors, college, when a game is in OT, it’s insane.
When I was in the Army in upstate NY a bunch of us would go see St. Lawrence play Clarkson. It was like being at high school basketball game in the movie Hoosiers. Just intense. I think the arena may have even been made of wood or something. It was a blast.
Then I even went to see the Utica Devils play, I think they may have even played my team the Maine Mariners, if memory serves. You know who the goalie was??? Marty Brodeur!!!
When we had a bit more cash flow I’d take the entire family to see the Bruins play. We went to Nashville, Raleigh and Tampa Bay. I even took my oldest to see the Bruins in the Winter Classic vs. the hated Canadiens in Boston in 2016. Such a good time.
We thought about taking the whole family again, to see this years Winter Classic at Notre Dame, Boston vs Chicago, a rematch of the 2013 Stanley Cup, which is almost as painful to me as the Patriots losing to the Giants in 2008. But we’re going to skip it. Just a bit more than our budget.
However, we’ll definitely watch on TV. Can’t. Flippin’. Wait!
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