This was going to be great. He could hardly believe his luck when his uncle offered him a ticket to the Falconers’ home opener. He loved the Falcs so much that he didn’t hesitate for a second, even though it would take an hour long train ride either way, plus additional travel time to and from the station and rink… This was going to be great!
The thing is – he really loves hockey. He goes to all the games at Samwell, too. The women’s team is fantastic, the men’s team is great too… except they are the WORST. They’re the kind of team that needs to be seen, not heard… Unfortunately, they can be heard EVERYWHERE they go.
Jack Zimmermann seemed okay, and he didn’t for one second believe those stupid rumours about him. Whenever he saw Jack around campus before, he seemed quiet and focussed. It was no wonder he made it to the NHL after all. Disciplined… If only the rest of his team had taken a page from Jack Zimmermann’s book!
Oluransi seemed nice, but the one time he tried approaching the defenseman and ended with a mini-pie splattered against his face. He accepted his friend request on Facebook, but never attempted to speak to him in person again after that.
Even the small player, Bittle, was too much sometimes. He remembered vividly the time that it took three of his teammates to restrain him while he shouted and kicked at Jack over something about Beyoncé? He didn’t understand it either.
Birkholtz was one of the worst offenders, though. He was just. SO. LOUD. All the time. Singing in the library at full-volume falsetto? WHY? Who does that? He was also fairly certain Birkholtz was the one who threw that mini-pie, too. It was definitely his voice shouting the words ‘coral reef’ right before it hit.
The new defensemen weren’t much better. They were constantly bickering at the start, but now it was almost worse – Nurse flirts with Poindexter to the point that he’s embarrassed for both of their sakes any time he overhears it. How could Poindexter be so oblivious? Is he pretending not to notice? Does Nurse have no shame at all? It’s seriously embarrassing.
Knight was by far the worst of the bunch. He was always making some sort of scene and wearing less than the appropriate amount of clothing. The team all called him Shitty. Maybe being the kind of guy who was okay with that nickname was all he really needed to know about him. At least he graduated lest year. He would never have to hear his shouting and swearing again.
Then there was Chow… Actually, Chow was a good guy. He seemed sweet and happy most of the time. There was that once that he accidentally caught Chow and his girlfriend making out in the library, but Chow apologized so much that “get a room” never even entered his mind. Yeah, Chow seemed good.
He shook all thoughts of the SMH from his head. They didn’t matter right now. He was at an NHL game in Rhode Island and they were all a state away in Massachusetts. He was here to see Zimmermann and St. Martin and Robinson and Fitzgerald and MASHKOV. Who cared what Bittle or Knight or Birkholtz or ANY of those guys were up to? They were probably huddled around the TV in that dilapidated “Haus” watching Zimmermann’s first NHL game. They could be as loud as they wanted there, as long as he didn’t have to hear–
“HOLY HELL! ZIMMERMANN’S A BEAUT!”
“SHOW THE ZIMMERMANN GOAL AGAIN!”
“LOOK AT THIS GUY SIT ON AN NHL BENCH LIKE A PRO!”
He looked down a to a few rows behind the Falconers bench to see the group of familiar men with their all too familiar voices.
'sup. Real life hockey fan here w/ advice! When I was in high school I got really into hockey; and here's how I did it! -watch any game on TV so you get a hang of the sport. Don't get the rules? Wikipedia it. I used to think 'icing' was when they sprayed each other with ice with their skates. - pick a team that's easy for you to follow-- if you live in the Wild market, if you have cable then it'll be easy to watch their games! If not, there is a subreddit (I know Reddit, ew) w/ streams. (1/?)
(2) -Next, follow some fans– I built up a lot of friendships and stuff with the hockey fandom on Twitter and to some extent here too. A lot of fans suck, but there are a lot of awesome and friendly hockey fans out there too! -Watch the funny videos on the team site, on YouTube, on vine/Instagram. Get to know them, they’re (usually) very funny and entertaining people. Slowly you’ll start to learn who the players are and what their position on the team is!
(Last one) Once you get to know the players, you’ll get slowly more and more invested in the game, and the outcome of the game. But it’s way more fun to consume the “extras” of the sport too and that’s what I really liked before becoming a really hardcore fan of the sport! If you can one day make it to a game, they’re super fun. With any luck, you will fall in love with a team and get super obsessed then cry in front of the TV inevitably when they lose in the 2nd round of playoffs. God speed.
You are so wonderful. Do you happen to have a link to that subreddit with the streams?
lo..ok…….just……………jack literally had ZERO MOMENT OF HESITATION about telling the team about their relationship……..l i terally the S E C O N D bitty expressed that he was upset jack was ready to drop EVERYTHING and do WHATEVER IT TOOK to fix things and make bitty happy……..like wh at kind of B U LLSHIT