I've been watching ever since I came to Canada in 1993.
I'm 19 in June and I've been obsessed with hockey ever since Pavel Bure scored that immortal goal vs Calgary in game 7. I even stuck with the team during that whole sucking trend and never stopped cheering for em. Broke my heart when Bure held out, then got traded.
It's all good tho, still a fan and have been a "knowledgeable" fan for a while, can't really remember when I started but I've always payed a lot of attention to other teams and players and trades and such.
One of my favourite hockey memories growing up was when I was watching the Canucks vs Winnipeg and Mike Peca collided with/hit Teemu Selanne and Peca ended up breaking his cheekbone or something -- BEST HIT EVER! (at the time.. (we all know the best hit ever was Stevens on Kariya last year)) but I digress...
Since I could remember. My dad brainwashed me with loving the Habs at an early age, but really took an interest in hockey and emerged as a Sens fan when Daigle was drafted. I still have a soft spot in my heart for the Habs though.
Well I'm almost 18 now. I remember coming down to my basement during the 1995 Stanley Cup finals, and seeing my dad watching the game. It was probably Game 3 or something.
I watched the next game and was hooked ever since. I guess I started to become "knowledgable" to the point where I posted on this site and grasped everything about 3 years ago. Not saying that I didn't understand the rules, but that's when I really became a die-hard hockey fan.
I never thought much of the Oilers when I was little - although I did know they were winning a bunch of trophies called 'Stanley Cups'.
So, before I turned 6 my family went a trip to Calgary just for Game 2 of a 1988 series. I vaguely remember how silent the Saddledome was after Gretzky put the OT winner away. I remember voices żelling 'F*@# you Gretzky!' and quickly walking back to our car after the game. It felt so exciting and dangerous! I thought me, my mom and my dad were going to get beat up or something.
Ever since then I've followed the Oilers because of the thrill I felt, but never became a 'knowledgeable fan' since 1995 when I wanted to really find out why the Oilers were sucking so badly.
i'm 45 and I am one of those lucky ones that actually remember the Leafs '67 cup. I was eight years old and my 3 older brothers and older sister and mom and dad all sat in front of the tv riveted to our seats watching that great moment. We grew up on the farm and because we had a big family we didn't have the money (it was only $35 to play back then) none of us got the opportunity to play organized hockey. That didn't stop us from learning the game and loving the game though. We would spend every spare moment skating on the creek or playing road hockey, pretending we were the great Leafs. Davey Keon was my idol. When my own son was eight ('93) I thought that the Leafs were destined to win the Cup but it didn't pan out. My love for hockey was passed on to my son and I made sure he had the opportunity to play organized hockey. He's 19 now and we both love to sit down together and watch the Leafs play. So to all you kids out there - this is a great game and if you love it, you'll never tire of it.
I've been forced to watch hockey(New York Rangers) on tv since I was born, so 15 years. First game I saw in person was an IHL Knights game. First NHL game I saw in person was the Thrashers play the Panthers in 1999. And no I'm not one of those Thrashers fans that yells out Knights during the National Anthem.