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How do I go about picking a NHL team to be a fan of?

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10-23-2008, 03:37 AM
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I'm a fan of the Ducks because I grew up in Orange county and I route for my local team. I also love all the guys on the team, Teemu, Getz, Scott, etc. Now having won the Cup I feel like a blessed Hockey fan.

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10-23-2008, 05:20 AM
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pick teams like the flyers or ducks if you like the idea of your team angering other fans

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10-23-2008, 05:34 AM
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In Russia the team picks you.
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You're assuming he'll live that long?

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10-23-2008, 05:57 AM
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Whcih ever team you like the colours of...


No, I joke. In all seriousness, Montreal, rich history, huge offensive talent, Soooo Fast.
Or if you find yourself constantly filled with false hopes, Vancouver.
Or if you feel like testing your patience Toronto, seriously, Rich history, boring play, but it's fun to folllow a re-building team, You might have to deal with some melodramatic fans.

Hope this helps! Choose carefully...

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10-23-2008, 06:04 AM
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You should be a fan of [Insert homer team here], because [insert homer reasons and arguments here].

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10-23-2008, 07:50 AM
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Dont pick the Rangers.

As a NYer I cant STAND people that wear Yankees or Red Sox hats without any real allegiance to either team...

IF you decide to pull for the Blueshirts..... well, god help you. We're a vicious bunch of ********.... hardcore, etc etc. Its a weird city...

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10-23-2008, 08:06 AM
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Support the helpless.
Support the Leafs.

They'll need all the money they can get.

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10-23-2008, 08:10 AM
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You don't have to see the team play. The Boston Bruins board is made up of many fans from the Canadian Maritimes who are huge Bruins fans. Many of them have never been to Boston but are fans of the Bruins due to the Boston, Halifax connection dating back to the explosion. That and WBZ would be heard in parts of Nova Scotia.

Also, a lot has to do with the history of the teams. It is interesting how certain styles of play transcend generations due to expectations of the fans.

If you like high flying, offensive teams, go with the Habs. That is what the fans up there love.

On the contrast, the Bruins have always been a very physical team. A very much working class, lunch pail kind of team. Perhaps that is why they find themselves on the opposite side of the Habs a lot, but that style is what Bruins fans expect.

It's weird how these things work but you need to really look into the history of the teams. Find something endearing you like about them and their history. Don't just pick a team because they are good now because who knows how long that will last.

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10-23-2008, 08:19 AM
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I know it's been said already, but really. Tune into games featuring as many different teams as you can and eventually, the team will choo- choo- choose you.


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10-23-2008, 09:04 AM
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Can't go wrong with an original six team.

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10-23-2008, 09:58 AM
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I would just enjoy some home games where you live for now. When it gets closer to the playoffs see if you find yourself pulling for a team pushing hard for one of the last spots. latch on to a playoff series or two that seem especially exciting or dramatic.

Somehow I would naturally start routing for a team that is portrayed as an underdog, plays feisty, but doesn't have the star power of their opponent.

I became interested in the oilers in 96 and only really became a big fan in the playoffs when they upset Dallas and put up quite a fight against Colorado.

I also started cheering for the Islanders against Buffalo (in their playoff series a few years ago), sometimes having a team get a few bad calls against them can really make you realize that you're a fan, and still keep an eye on them... even though they suck...

For the oilers at least it really paid off: several tough losses against Dallas made their run in 06 all the more incredible.


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10-23-2008, 10:08 AM
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Just figure out what teams brings what you like to watch. Speed, toughness, fights, saves goals...
thats the problem though, all teams bring that! all teams have history too, haha, many talk about history as if its something you can either have lots of or little of, and that having lots of 'it' is somehow makes the experience richer or makes you or the team better.

its a bunch of crap!

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10-23-2008, 10:09 AM
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I also started routing for the Islanders against buffalo, .
You've got this all mixed up. It's actually "Buffalo started routing the Islanders".

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10-23-2008, 10:23 AM
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My only advice would be to follow a team that you can watch and get involved with on a regular basis. It's not really an issue if you have Center Ice, but if there's a local feed for a team in your area, stick with them. It makes things easier when you can see the team you follow on a regular basis rather than once a week/month.
That is a good point.

Radio on the internet isn't bad though, especially if you are able to catch a game once in a while and if the coverage/commentary gives you a good enough sense of what is happening on the ice... It also makes playoffs more exciting, because you can finally see the team!

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10-23-2008, 10:25 AM
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You should root for the Thrashers.They need you...seriously.

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10-23-2008, 10:31 AM
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Pick some random and obscure swedish or finnish team, memorize all their players, and make snide comments about how the "NHL is too commercialized".

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Can't go wrong with an original six team.
Well, you can't really 'go wrong' with any team as long as you're 100% behind them and you believe in the direction of the team.

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10-23-2008, 10:33 AM
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I watch Sabres games when the Leafs aren't playing. Excited their near the top now. I watch them when the Leafs aren't playing.

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10-23-2008, 10:40 AM
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Pick some random and obscure swedish or finnish team, memorize all their players, and make snide comments about how the "NHL is too commercialized".
I only like to watch Kärpät Oulu, because I know their players (like # 71 Jonas Andersson F 6'3") only play hockey because they have a passion for it, not to line their pockets! They've shown that they can be successful in a league that still plays hockey in its purest sense.


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10-23-2008, 10:46 AM
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I only like to watch Kärpät Oulu, because I know their players (like # 71 Jonas Andersson F 6'3") only play hockey because they have a passion for it, not to line their pockets! They've shown that they can be successful in a league that still plays hockey in its purest sense.

Wow, you've got it down!

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10-23-2008, 10:55 AM
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If he lives in Washington D.C. and hasn't really ever liked the Capitals than he should become a Penguins fan. The Capitals are his most accessible team and the Pens are their biggest rivals. It'd make it even more fun to go to a game as an enemy fan in his home town. There are always a lot of Penguins fans at the games when they go to play the Capitals so he wouldn't take a bunch of **** at the games and be exposed as a non-hardcore fan. Plus, the Penguins are one of the most exciting and talented teams in the league. That sounds more fun for him than being a Habs fan or something.

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10-23-2008, 10:57 AM
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You can become a Devils fan. Then you can always watch them play in the post season. They have not missed the playoffs in the last 12 years.

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10-23-2008, 01:45 PM
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You can become a Devils fan. Then you can always watch them play in the post season. They have not missed the playoffs in the last 12 years.
And you can always get good seats at their games.

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10-23-2008, 02:02 PM
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Without reading through multiple pages of fans pimping their own home teams I'd have to say you should stick to your home team.

You already have history with your home team and your home team happens to be one of the most exciting up and coming teams. Stick with them thru the good times and the bad because the bad will make the good seem sweeter.

Shy.

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10-23-2008, 02:12 PM
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straight up pick your local team if your new.
go to a game with your local team's t-shirt (in the home color)
get into it.
get the jersey of the player on your team you liked the most.
go again, get into it.

now your likely addicted, go to the bar next game instead of in person, don't be afraid to get into it there tooo, fans will unite.

becoming a real fan of an away team means you need to be influneced by someone (dad, best friend, etc.)...

i'm a leaf fan living in van... but i grew up in northern ontario (blue country if you will)... i didn't have an option as to what my favorite team is, and i would never change teams...

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