Slam was the first hockey board I came across and the only good thing I can say about it was that it convinced me that there had to be something better out there. Then I found Gameday (which became rivals I think) and here I've been ever since.
As for who started the first thread here dedalus, seems to me that I it might have been Davisian or Melrose Jr who started it.
Not sure if I started the thread, but I remember being one of the posters requesting that everyone move over to HF, when rivals was going down.
I was posting on both and loved seeing the migration..
I remember when you guys came over. I started coming to HF in about 1997 or 1998. I think it was very new then, but I don't think I came to the boards until a while after that. When you guys came over from Slam I had no idea what was going on. All I knew was that all these new people who knew each other all showed up overnight and basically took over. It was kind of unsettling for a while. I remember getting mad at King for just posting links to articles with no discussion whatsoever. Then I figured out that that was his thing, and the articles were good. Eventually you guys settled in though and I grew to accept and even like you.
For a while after that, HFBoards was a great source for getting good information and enlightened hockey talk. It isn't really that great anymore IMO, but you can still find good talk if you sift through the crap. It's about half-crap now and half good, informative, knowledgeable discussion.
I've gone through a name-change since then. I used to be Potted Plant if any of you remember me.
Yep, that's me. Obviously I'm almost a decade older now, and I no longer watch all that much hockey to be honest. I haven't caught a game yet this year because I don't get OLN or MSG here in Alabama. I used to be able to get Flyers games locally, back when I lived in Delaware for two years. I can actually catch Thrashers game locally, as I recently discovered. I just haven't bothered with it yet. I mostly come on here to receive information and analysis, and rarely have anything to give back anymore.