Spent the first year buying tickets for like 5 games
Went on the season ticket waiting list after that.
Next year we went to 10 games.
Year after that to 20.
The 3 years after that to 42 (Plus playoffs)
Born and raised in NYC... though I live mostly in Montreal now. I grew up with a dad who was and still is a huge fan of all things sports NYC. Yanks, Knicks, Giants, Rangers. Unwavering loyalty and dedication. I wasn't much into sports at all as a youngster, though I did get "dragged" to my fair share of Yanks and Knicks games and would still cheer on the locals. When I first moved to Montreal I started to appreciate hockey more and more, being kinda forced into seeing/hearing about it constantly. I couldn't bring myself to cheer for the Habs... still can't, despite my gf and most of my friends here being French Canadian and loving to give me s**t about it. I'm pretty hardcore fanatical about the sport now, but my love for it really began in 2004, so I recognize that I'm kinda "new" to the party.
I hope my story doesn't get me like kicked off this board haha.
I started off with hockey going to Devils fans because my aunt got free tickets from work. I saw them play against Hasek and Buffalo became my favorite team. I followed them until the lockout, and then when hockey came back I really didn't care. Then I started going to high school in manhattan, and my friend and I went to a preseason game because tickets were like $10...needless to say I got re-hooked, this time with the rangers. From the next year on my dad and I had a mini-plan and this year have season tickets
When I was little, we lived in Rochester, NY. My earliest sports memory is of going to see the Amerks (AHL team with a very USA, red white and blue theme/look). When I was 5, we moved to the Scranton, PA area. I saw the Rangers play on television (this was around 1986 or 1987), and assumed that they were the NHL version of the Amerks (because of the color-scheme). By the time I realized I was wrong, I was too hooked on Rangers hockey. So basically, I became a Ranger fan because I was a pretty stupid 5 year old, haha.
Because I live in Australia, ice hockey games are very hard to come by on TV, but I liked the sport from playing NHL 97. Eventually the game broke and I lost interest in hockey until after the lockout (which I didn't even know about), when I felt like I needed a sports game for my collection.
I started up NHL 06 and picked the first team that I remembered from NHL 97; the Rangers, to play as, which is how I more or less affiliated myself with the Rangers.
After the lockout, Australian TV also started to show NHL games on occasion, and one day, I was channel surfing and came across a game in the dying seconds. From this I got curious about how the real Rangers were doing, so, off I went to rangers.com and I haven't looked back since.
I was born into it. Went to my first game in 97 when I was 4 and I've been following ever since. I remember a decent amount of pre lockout stuff (from my memory, not by looking it up) but I really became a die hard from the year after the lockout on.
my dad brought me to games when i was little.. my first game was when i was 2 years old.
we had season tickets when i was a kid in section 324. our first year was 93-94. i was at all the games that year except for game 7 in the finals. my aunt had a pair of seats in 205 and they sold hers for $1000 each. i sat home listening to the game on the radio since i didnt have msg.
my dad eventually gave up his tickets after a few years and i started going with my aunt alot. i remember really getting into them again when bure first came to the rangers. 06-07 i was a senior in high school and i got my own season tickets and its been awesome having them. too bad the prices have doubled since then
grew up in new jersey and had the luxury of getting devils, rangers, and flyers games. was initially a devils fan when i was a kid-- went to a devils/rangers game. rangers won in OT. thought rangers played harder and they won fights became a rangers fan from then out.
My earliest sports memories are both rangers related. As a kid I remember going to an NYR game at MSG with my dad and being so little that when we all jumped up to score I couldn't see anything but bodies, I just remember the floor shaking and it being the loudest thing I'd ever heard in my life.
Also the 94 cup run was my first real taste of success (that I can remember) of a team winning a cup that my dad and I rooted for. I have been hooked ever since.
I am ashamed to say that during the dark years my patience and interest waned a little and I may not have watched as many games as I used to but ever since a year or two before the lockout and every year since I have been back in full force.
I only recently started watching hockey seriously last season (because I started actually playing hockey a few months before the season started) but my dad is a life-long Rangers fan and actually used to make their game jerseys out of his pro-shop. Anyone remember when Gretzky's name was spelled wrong? That was my dad! hahaha. But yeah, I pretty much defaulted to the Rangers last season and have fallen in love with them since. Having the Rangers be included in the Winter Classic and 24/7 in my first year watching definitely turbo-charged my love affair with them lol.
My best friend at the time, 4 years ago, was a Rangers fan (not a die hard though) and I caught on after not liking the Canucks here in Vancouver all this time and it's been one hell of a ride ever since
Grew up in WI. Badger hockey was all I knew. It's fuzzy but basically I started noticing hockey in early 90s on espn & got into it. It seemed like the Rangers were on a lot & I found out their goalie was a Badger & I adopted them as my team. Won the cup in 94, felt like I was a good luck charm lmao. Had some rough years in personal life & stopped watching.
Over the next 10 years I attended random NHL games while living in Cali but didn't pay much attention.
Then the last winter Olympics happened & I totally fell back in love with the game. Found this forum & it's been awesome.
Fwiw. Grew up in WI & totally separate reasons led me to becoming a Giants fan, Yankees fan & Rangers fan.
I've also adopted the Knicks since I really don't follow the NBA anymore & I really wanted to buy my son a Melo jetsey(his name is Anthony, he's 4 & thinks its so badass lol)
I bought a new HDTV once they came out and wanted to see if it actually makes sports look clearer. The Rangers were the only NY team with a game on.
Probably the most unique story ever.
I bought an HDTV right away too. Huge Giants fan & when I went looking to see how great the picture was the store in Maryland randomly put on a recorded Giants game. That sold me right there. Paid $5000 for 37" & it still works great. It's my 2nd tv in my living room during football season lol.
More or less I just decided to way back in 71-72. I would have been around 15 then. I was already a Yankees, Packers, Knicks fan at that point in time. No one in my family and not many of my friends followed hockey at all. Turned on the radio (Marv Albert and Sal Messina) one night--Rangers were playing the Seals--Ratelle who was neck and neck with Esposito for the scoring lead breaks his ankle but the Rangers won anyway. That was my first game. After that I was hooked and gradually over time I stopped following the Yankees, Packers and Knicks.