I became a Bruins fan when I was a kid. I had a black and white television and one day I was turning through the stations and I was barely getting channel 18 from Hartford Connecticut, for some reason it was saying it was channel 38 out of Boston.
This confused me and I wanted to figure out why this was happening so I held the antenna and watched. What I saw was the most tremendous skater I had ever seen, he skated through an entire hockey team, skated around the oppositions net and put the puck right on a wide open forwards stick for the easiest goal you can imagine.
From that day on I have been a Bruins fan and I have yet to see another player quite like Bobby Orr.
Always sort of had a soft spot for the Canucks being from Vancouver even played a bit of NHL 98 or 99 if memory serves. However I only started watching hockey at sixteen, when my cousin insisted on showing me NHL 07 and I loved it. He mentioned the Habs/Leaf game that week and I decided to let him put it on. Never looked back.
Started with the Habs but circled back to the Canucks during their marathon series against Dallas. I slowly started watching more and more from then on.
My friend brought over an old NHL game for Playstation 1. It was in 2002, I was 12 years old and had played soccer all of my life up to that point. Never really liked sports video games, but I got hooked on the game (I think was was NHL Faceoff '99, so it was outdated) and my friend introduced me to the Kings. I got so addicted to the game, I asked him to let me borrow it. It was summer break, so I was up until midnight or 1 in the morning playing it almost nonstop for a couple weeks straight. By the time the real NHL season started (02-03 season,) I decided to start watching and loved the sport. I recognized some of the Kings players from the game (Palffy, Stumpel, Lapperiere...etc) and the rest was history.
I grew up in Winnipeg. When I was fourteen, my dad took me to the 1953 Grey Cup game in Toronto. We also had tickets for a Saturday night NHL game between the Leafs and Canadiens. The night before the game, we went to the Royal York Hotel where the Canadiens, who had won the Stanley Cup the previous April, were staying. We knew a Canadien scout and he introduced me to Paul Meger, who gave me a post card size picture of himself and autographed it. Meger then took me around the lobby and introduced me to his teammates. I got to meet, shake hands with and get the autographs of a few of them. Among those I met and got autographs from were five future Hall of Fame Inductees, Maurice Richard, Boom Boom Geoffrion, Tom Johnson, Butch Bouchard and their coach, Dick Irvin. I still have those autographs and needless to say, I'm still a Canadien fan.
I started out as a fan of the new local team in Dayton in the IHL in 1964. They became a secondary affiliate of the Bruins, so I followed them during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Bobby Orr was my idol. The team folded and I went to college. This was the Flyers era of beating up everybody in sight, so I stopped following hockey for several years. I moved to Milwaukee, who also had an IHL team, so I began following them. In 1998, the Admirals affiliated with the expansion Nashville Predators. I became and remain a Preds fan since 75% of their roster played in Milwaukee.
I won a "fantasy hockey"-league in Sweden in '07 against 55 000 competitors and the prize was a trip to Montreal/Ottawa to watch Ottawa vs Montreal and Montreal vs Buffalo. Before the trip I had always been a huge hockey fan, but never had any favorite team in the NHL. That was about to change...
Even due to the fact that Ottawa was dominating and won with 5-2 and I got to meet Alfie after the game, somehow I fell in love with the Montreal Canadiens. I think it was mostly because the Habs fans were rocking the Scotiabank Place the whole night despite losing and playing away from home.
The night after it was time for Montreal vs Buffalo with Montreal still in the hunt for a playoff-spot (4th last game of the season). Canadiens beat the Sabres with 4-3 after a beautiful goal by Koivu and after hearing 21 273 people screaming "SAAAAKU, SAAAAKU", I knew it was the right team for me.
Ever since that trip I've missed maybe a handful games per season (including this horrible season) despite having the games in the middle of the night with early school/work the day after.
I'm very happy that I won that trip, because otherwize I would probably still be without a favorite team.
I have two actually, and a number of teams I just like.. The Coyotes because I lved in Arizona for many years and the Mapleleafs because I remember watching them on tv in black and white back in the late sixties.
I have to admit to being a fan of the original six also, and have a soft spot for the Canadian teams.
I used to be a Kings fan as I grew up in SoCal, played in the Forum once and and was a huge fan of Vachon, Harper, Maloney, Goring etc, but since the playoffs and seeing the way that there Captain plays I lost all respect for them. When he's gone I'll follow them again! lol..
Anyway, overall probably I'd have to say the Coyotes are my favorite. I just hope they are able to stay put! lol..
Got ya, was being rhetorical, thanks for the support this year!
Just for info, I don't think I have seen more hate between two teams then the Avs/Red Wings in watching the sport for 45 years...in the '70s, EVERYONE hated the Flyers, but that was Universal Hate...but between two teams (and I am talking a sustained hate here), that rivalry really went unmatched.
I remember playing hockey back in the hated Flyers day and when people found out even non-hockey fans would mention them. They were definitely a black eye ( pun intended..) on the sport for awhile?
And I can relate to the growing up in SoCal and finding hockey on tv for the first time back in the 60's! I was born in Torrance and grew up in OC... Glad to hear there are other old timers here!
I really started to watch the kings around 2007 when my dad took me and my friends to a kings game. I watched some of the kings games prior to that day because they drafted this really good Slovenian player named Anze Kopitar, but I didn't follow them a lot. But when I watched the game live, I was hooked. Proudly following them for 5 years and hoping for many great years to come.
Ok, I have my thoughts together. At my age it takes awhile! Growing up in central Indiana in the early 70s there was no local hockey that I could get to. I first saw the NHL on ABC's Sunday game of the week and loved it right away. Since I had no access to ice hockey, I managed to get a street hockey site and played street hockey. I liked the Sabres and Canadiens early on, but did not have a clear favorite in the NHL. When I turned 16 I was able to drive down to Indy to watch the Racers and they became my fave. They folded and we got the Checkers. The Checkers were the Islanders' farm club during their Cup run, so the Islanders became my first actual favorite NHL club. During the 80s the NHL was not televised in my area, as we did not have the Sportschannels on my cable. I followed the Checkers, then the Ice as they all folded. I only recently began to watch the NHL again as I worked nights for years. So I had no favorite until now. And I base my favorite on the area I would most like to retire too after studying several spots. So, the Carolina Hurricanes are my club.
p.s. I liked them some as the Whalers also. And I'd like to see Quebec City get another team.
I started following NHL the year Wild entered the league. I thought it was really cool they got a team back in the town and also liked the logo and the colour scheme.
Funny that a lot of people seem to have inherited the fandom from their parents. I started to support my favourite team in Finland when they played in the finals against my dad's team. Just wanted to mess with his head. Guess I'm a horrible son..
I was putting together 2 fantasy teams thru the sporting news, and gave my daughter this young up and comer named jason Spezza as her center. I thought he was poised for a big year, and was undervalued big time. So when i showed her the team I had put together, and how Spezza was a real steal for her, she started paying attention to him, and became his favorite player. So while Im a Hawks fan, with my daughter, its Ottawa all the way
I followed the Grateful Dead in the late 80's. Back then everyone camped out in the parking lot of the venue. Was in Pittsburgh, and the noise from the Igloo was too much to resist, I had to see what was going on. Wandered in after the second intermission, no ticket ... and was hooked. April Fools Day, 1989