I like hockey

Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin.

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I like hockey.  I don’t love it, but I do like it — especially when I can see it in person.  There’s something very intimate about hockey that I don’t feel with other sports, even when you are sitting in a huge arena.  Sometimes I think it’s the intensity of the fans, other times I think it’s the physicality of the game.  Maybe it’s just me.

Sadly, I don’t get to many hockey games.  My local franchise is very popular and very expensive (and just far enough away to be very much a pain).  And I’m not enough of a sports fan for my desire to see a game to motivate me to overcome those obstacles.   I can count on one hand the number of hockey games I’ve attended.

Does that make me a hockey tourist rather than a hockey fan?

I also  love Rich Cohen.  His way of looking at the world speaks to me, and his writing is engaging — I particularly like the way he uses repetition for emphasis, which really comes through in the audio book versions of his work.  In fact, having listened to one of his books and read the others, I’d pick the audio book versions in the future.  But I digress.  Wasn’t this about hockey?  This short interview with Sidney Crosby by Rich Cohen for Vanity Fair definitely caught my attention.  And it’s  made me crave a hockey game. This bit in particular:

Did you find it stressful to enter junior hockey as a teenager, knowing that you were entering a league where fighting was a real thing?

Right so, once you get to junior hockey, you’re not given a misconduct or suspended for fighting—it becomes a five-minute major penalty. Guys that age are considered ready to handle it, and I wasn’t too worried. Of course, it is the first time you’re seeing your friends get in fights. And they’re not always winning them. But once you kind of get past those first couple, you just get used to it. It’s part of the game.

Most people think I’m so genteel.  But a good hockey fight?  Oh yeah.

Posted on January 3rd, 2011 by Katxena