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When did I start to care about hockey?

POSTED June 27, 2009 3:32 p.m.
I have only physically been to one hockey game.
That was when Fresno had a hockey team — ECHL’s Fresno Falcons before they went out of business. The game went by pretty quickly, mainly because there were so many things to look at. The ice, the skates, the faces pressed against the glass protecting spectators from the action.
Being near a hockey rink is quite an experience, since you feel like you need to put on a heavy coat. The friend that I went with that night only wanted to see one thing. A fight. Which is sad, because hockey is more than two grown men fighting.
This year, for the first time ever, I started to care for the NHL and hockey in general.
It’s sort of weird to say that since I never picked up a hockey stick before and struck a puck around. Before then, I tuned into hockey because of the fights — in the form of highlights on ESPN. I’m ashamed to say that, especially now that I’m sort of hooked on the sport.
I like to read about the Stanley Cup Finals and its drama. Like what’s happening right now between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s almost as exciting as the NBA Finals. Wait. Actually, it’s more exciting than the NBA Finals after Kobe Bryant dropped 40 points to lift his Los Angeles Lakers to a blowout win over the Orlando Magic in Game 1 earlier this week. Yawn.
Just when the Red Wings thought they had wrapped up back-to-back Stanley Cup trophies, the Penguins completely dominated in Game 4, won two games in a row and evened the series at 2-2. Do I see a Game 7?
Sure, I still don’t know all the players’ names except for maybe a few with Sidney Crosby known as the Michael Jordan of his sport.
It’s just too bad that Americans will probably never enjoy hockey like they basketball, football, golf and basketball. I just decided this season that I would care, and I don’t regret a thing.
Game 5 is Saturday night in Detroit.
To contact Chhun Sun, e-mail csun@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2041.

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