I'm similar to you davethehammer in the sense that I'm generally a sports fan but I don't understand the nuances. I really started getting into hockey this past season because my chiropractor works with a lot of the Kings' players. I started looking up rules etc. and I think I'll enjoy next season even more.
And by the way, that's awesome that you found the game you went to as a kid! Did you keep the tickets, or just good memory?
probably lost them in a move years ago. Still have a retail puck around somewhere.