SEVEN AGES OF THE FAN
On the other hand there are people like us who were converted to the sport, and can remember what life was like in those far-off times BH (before hockey). Having been through the transition ourselves, and converted a couple of others, we ve noticed that it seems to progress in definite stages.
Do you recognise them?
Stage 1 Someone talks you into going to a match and at the end of it you say "It was very exciting!" Secretly you were a bit confused by all the action and didnt really understand all the rules, but you wouldnt mind going again if youre invited.
Stage 2 You go again, and actually feel disappointed when the home side lose. You cheer if they score and go mad when they win. If theyre playing away you check the results on Teletex. You drop hints that youd like to be invited along again. Youve stopped thinking its a handball when a player catches the puck.
Stage 3 You find yourself shouting while the play is on. You cheer when a home player wins a fight. You regularly buy the local paper to see if theres any team news in it. You can now quote the numbers of the ice hockey pages on Teletext. You have a favourite player and know his number. You dont wait to be invited you ask to be taken again. You can now explain what Icing is.
Stage 4 The temptation to buy a baseball cap or a fleece is irresistible. You dont resist it. You start rearranging your free time to fit the games in. You now know the names and numbers of all the players in the squad. You also know the names of all the other teams in the League. If no-one takes you it doesnt matter, you go anyway. Youve begun to understand how offside works.
Stage 5 You find yourself saying to people, "Sorry. Im busy this weekend. Im going to an ice hockey match." You defend the sport when people say something stupid about it. At the match you groan desperately if you see a certain ref on the ice, and shout at him every time he misses a holding penalty. You now hate one of the other teams in the League.
Stage 6 You start going to midweek matches as well, and feel at a loose end if theres a weekend without a match. Teletex isnt enough any more and on away match nights you regularly leave the room to check on the scores on Iceweb. You now hate at least one member of every other team in the League. You spot too many men on the ice before the ref does.
Stage 7 Your whole weekend revolves around ice hockey. DIY, family, shopping all take second place to the match. You start telling people how good ice hockey is and inviting them to their first match. Theyre surprised by your knowledge of the rules. The season ends and you realise how empty and meaningless life will be until the next one starts.
it. Youre a true fan, and theres no hope of a cure. Welcome to