I often hear complaints from casual sports viewers about the speed, or lack of, in professional sports games. Hockey provides so much more action than any of the other major sports viewing. Not knocking other sports, because I absolutely enjoy watching baseball, football, nascar, and pretty much any sporting event on television. Not a big fan of pro basketball. Too many fouls. Too much flopping. Too many game stoppages, especially in the final minutes.
Hockey games are extremely action-packed, fast-paced, and overall quicker games. Three 20 minute periods with very few stoppages compared to the other sports. The final minutes of a close hockey game are amazing! Quick, hard-hitting, edge-of-your seat intensity. If you are curious about getting into watching hockey, I would start out finding a televised game with a close score and just watch the final 5 minutes. You won’t be disappointed!
NOTE: Last post I mentioned Rene Rancourt, the Boston Bruins national anthem. I recommend YOUTUBE Boston Bruins National Anthem after the marathon bombing. It’ll give you chills and pride.
So I’m no writer and I’m no hockey expert. I’m just a huge fan of hockey and want to see it’s viewership expand. I’m constantly telling people about how exciting hockey is to watch and follow and always trying to turn more people into being fans of professional hockey. I’m only familiar with the NHL and AHL, so that’s what I’ll be referencing here. I ask and welcome any and all input.
Some topics I plan to cover are:
- How to follow and enjoy a televised hockey game.
- Watching hockey vs. other sports
- Fighting, physical play and penalties
- Players – star players and role players
and other topics of discussion as they come to mind or suggested. Like I said, I’m a fan. Not a rules expert. Not a historian. Feel free to call me out on areas where I may be wrong.
Speaking of traditions, as I watch the Flyers vs. the Bruins in the first televised game of the 2014/2015 opening season, I’m getting chills listening to Rene Rancourt, sing the national anthem. Rene has been the national anthem singer at Boston Bruins home games for 35 years, and he is a tradition himself. Rene always finishes his national anthem with a certain number of fist pumps, depending upon the importance of the game, and has an innate ability to fire up a crowd like no other national anthem singer!
So, here we go. The 2014/2015 NHL season has begun. Watch, enjoy, get excited. It’s like no other spectator sport out there!