August 8th, 2013, 11:35 AM #1
Your first hockey thought
As I sit here eating my Cheetos while reading about the Gretzky ripple trade to the kings article on THN, I get taken back to 1991 when I saw my first hockey game between the Longs and a bunch of ****, I later found out they were the Canadiens. Before hockey I was a huge basketball fan, growing up watching the Bird vs Magic rivalry, but the speed and intensity of hockey hooked me right off the bat.
I was t even looking for hockey mind you, I was looking for cartoons, my dad who had control of the controller turned it to some channel and the game was on while he went to the bathroom. Intrigued by the game, I stole the remote and hid it so he couldn't change the channel after he went wee wee.
He sat down, looked around, looked at me, looked at the tv, looked at me again, thought of 68 ways to kill me, thought about calling me a little ****, then decided to just sit and watch.
Of course me being the cute little troll tyke I was/am, I asked questions about the game. My dad knew little of thesport other than "Gretzky is the best", which he later, after think about choking me with a lava lamp, told me. Later on, the question I asked my father after he told me about Gretzky was "Does he lead the league in steals?" And he said "Um...yes"
For the longest time after I learned about hockey, I called myself a blithering idiot, now along with the question about, I called myself a blithering idiot who knows Richard about hockey. Then after more research, beer, stuff, I know know about takeaways and giveaways.
What's one of your first hockey memories?
August 8th, 2013, 11:58 AM #2
August 8th, 2013, 12:02 PM #3
2012 champs of the AHL (Autocorrect Hockey League).
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August 8th, 2013, 12:21 PM #4
I was lured into the Forum by student tickets that suited my limited entertainment budget. Actually, first it was a free ticket, then the student tickets. My earliest memories of hockey were being befuddled, confused, amazed and mesmerized whenever there was a power play.
August 8th, 2013, 12:56 PM #5
April, the server in sec 12 at the Forum. My 1st game in 1969
August 8th, 2013, 02:07 PM #6
I was vaguely aware of hockey growing up, but really caught the bug when on a whim I went with my college roommate and got a $10 student rush ticket for a game at the Igloo. Watching Lemieux, Jagr, Francis, Barrasso, Straka, and Luc on the glass for $10, it's hard not to fall in love with the game. I will admit, all these years later, I still do have a bit of a man crush for Francis.
August 8th, 2013, 02:29 PM #7
My now wife, standing in line to get tix for us to the 2001 playoffs against the Av's. She did not care much about hockey. But after that game, she became a fan. Fast fwd 5 years, we become season ticket holders.
Sure, there are older memories, of me being a pre-teen and hating my brother for hijacking the remote so he can watch the Kings. Then after a few games, I was into it. This was either 91 or 92. Then in the same season, us being the only kids in Boyle Heights- East LA playing street hockey. Plastic hockey sticks, old cageless football helmet with softball mask ty-rapped on, and DIY PVC SCH 40 goal.
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August 8th, 2013, 03:06 PM #8
Listening to Kings games on the radio with my husband (then fiancee) back in '88 and being completely amused every time Bob Miller (who also did the radio then) would shout out, "Luc Robitaille!" I just thought it was a fun name to say.
And my cousin had a Bobby Orr poster on his door back in the 70's when I was a little kid. That was pretty much my entire knowledge of hockey other than the Miracle on Ice until 1988.
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August 8th, 2013, 03:10 PM #9
I wish I still had the program from my 1st hockey game I was dragged to at the Forum. I honestly don't even remember the opposing team. All I really remember is that Bob Berry scored a goal at the end of the Ice we were sitting at.
I can honestly admit that I was pretty hit and miss with hockey untill the Kings traded for Gretzky. It was at that point I started getting serious about learning the game and started following the team on a daily basis. After baseball cancelled the world series in 1994 I vowed to never step foot inside a MLB ballpark again and took the money I used to spend on Dodger season tickets to then get season tickets for the Kings.
August 8th, 2013, 05:39 PM #10
Man, taking me back to the olden days in Sepulveda playing with the plastic stick with the floppy plastic blade, a tennis ball, Bitch Kicker sneakers (also known as British Knights) and a little trash can as my goal. Then got my first pair of roller blades, a wood stick, which I still prefer, and a PVC goal. Then jobs came after I moved to Texas, and then the aluminum sticks...awwwww yeah. Switched back to wood.....I like wood in my hands.
Originally Posted by juliochango