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04-01-2013, 05:09 PM
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New hockey fan

Hey fella's hows it going, i was never much of a hockey fan up until a about 2 weeks ago and now im starting to love the sport, my issue is i have almost no idea what the h*ll is going on lol is there any chance i can get some tips on what to watch for as a new fan? in particular what i should keep my eye on during the season

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goals probably.

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Well welcome to the club. Do you have a fav team in mind?

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I'm guessing that with the Ducks logo they're your team?

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Well welcome to the club. Do you have a fav team in mind?
Yea the Ducks so far are an early favorite, i haven't had a chance to look at too many teams tho

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The biggest thing you need is patience. The only way to learn the game is to keep watching, so keep watching and don't get frustrated if things don't make sense at first.

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It all depends on what aspect of the game you like. If you like good goaltending, good defense, good offense. Body checks, passing, snipes.

Most things people new will like are the thunderous hits, goals and fights. What to look for in those has to do with the goals. Look to see who in the attacking zone is who's open as the puck is mostly like to go to them, or at least an attempted pass. This way, you can anticipate plays and see them and have more appreciation for a goal, or even a good defensive play. You'll even know what the coach is telling the player after the goal is scored.

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I'm guessing that with the Ducks logo they're your team?
Well there's his first problem.



kidding...

Here maybe this will help a little bit.



Keep your computer handy while watching a game and when something happens you dont understand, look it up!

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It all depends on what aspect of the game you like. If you like good goaltending, good defense, good offense. Body checks, passing, snipes.

Most things people new will like are the thunderous hits, goals and fights. What to look for in those has to do with the goals. Look to see who in the attacking zone is who's open as the puck is mostly like to go to them, or at least an attempted pass. This way, you can anticipate plays and see them and have more appreciation for a goal, or even a good defensive play. You'll even know what the coach is telling the player after the goal is scored.
yea ive always bin a defensive guy, i love nothing more then watching a great defense execute

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If you like a team already, just start watching every game you can. Many things you will start noticing and learning just by repetition. Also start reading threads here in HF, though you better not believe everything you read here.

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Check out some of the all-stars around the league they can do some pretty cool things with the puck on any given play.
Rivalry match-ups are always good ones to check out and end of the season any games that can change a teams standing for the playoffs will give them a extra gear.

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Well there's his first problem.



kidding...

Here maybe this will help a little bit.



Keep your computer handy while watching a game and when something happens you dont understand, look it up!
Thanks for the video, always wondered what the hell icing was lol

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Yea the Ducks so far are an early favorite, i haven't had a chance to look at too many teams tho
Become a Leafs fan. You'd be joining at a prime time, after missing the previous 9 years of self-loathing, disappointment, and shame


Do you understand the basic rules? (i.e. icing, penalties, etc.)

Are you looking to understand the different strategies that teams use?

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Try and watch as much of the sport as you can. Games on TV, go to games, watch highlights, whatever

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yea ive always bin a defensive guy, i love nothing more then watching a great defense execute
You can follow my team if you want. The 2nd best GAA (Goals Against Average) in the league but they also have one of the best offenses in the league as well. Lots of superstar players, fantastic jerseys, lots of history, and great fans!

http://blackhawks.nhl.com/

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A good thing to watch would be the Brendan Shanahan videos on what constitutes penalties such as goaltender interferences and boarding.

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Become a Leafs fan. You'd be joining at a prime time, after missing the previous 9 years of self-loathing, disappointment, and shame


Do you understand the basic rules? (i.e. icing, penalties, etc.)

Are you looking to understand the different strategies that teams use?
i understand some of the rules now but not all of them, and yes id be interested in learning different strategies

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great choice on team anyway,

watch ryan-getz-perry work down low

thats about as exciting as it gets

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uh-oh...by the look of it this thread is going to turn into 30 fan bases courting you for your fandom

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yea ive always bin a defensive guy, i love nothing more then watching a great defense execute
Always?

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Try and follow the puck, at first. If you follow the puck, you follow the play. The rest will come.

It just kind of comes to you - that's what happened for me.

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Yea the Ducks so far are an early favorite, i haven't had a chance to look at too many teams tho
Safe picks
Pittsburgh
Chicago
Boston

Rebuilding teams with potential
Edmonton
Ottawa
Columbus

On the downswing
San Jose
Detroit
Calgary

Generally liked teams
Nashville
San Jose
Winnipeg?

Hated or generally disliked teams
Vancouver
Pittsburgh
Philadelphia

Smart fanbases (considering regular/veteran posters on HF)
San Jose
Carolina
NYR?

Rivalries
Montreal - Boston
Pittsburgh - Philadelphia
New Jersey - NYR
Detroit - Chicago
Vancouver - Chicago
Winnipeg - Minnesota (starting next season)
Columbus - Pittsburgh (my prediction for the future)


Hope this helps.


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Thanks for the video, always wondered what the hell icing was lol
Can you share that with your fellow Ducks fans when you go to the games? I've personally had them try to tell me on more than one occasion that a snow shower on the goalie was icing.


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uh-oh...by the look of it this thread is going to turn into 30 fan bases courting you for your fandom
No, not everyone wants to buy the full NHL package on your television and you can't watch every team. You also have to consider the timezones.

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