Saturday, February 04, 2006

A venture into fandom

I'm almost embarrassed to say this, but it's been nearly two years since I attended an NHL game as a ticket-buying fan. In February, 2004, I took in a Buffalo @ Ottawa game while I was up in the capital for a few days. Mika Noronen played goal (very poorly, I might add), and the home team pounded the Sabres 7-1.

Tonight, I end my absence from the stands as I head down to Buffalo to see the 2006 version of these two teams play at the HSBC Center. Canadians get a fantastic deal on tickets — our dollar is counted 'at par' — so I expect my small party won't be alone in the stands (even though I think I'll cheer for the Sabres).

It'll also be the first time I've been to any of the eastern United States (aside from Florida), as I've lived in Ontario for 2.5 years and spent nearly all that time working. Still, tonight will be part of my grand plan to see a game in every NHL rink.

Heh, here goes No. 5 — √


At 9:59 a.m., February 04, 2006, Anonymous PRQ said...

I just sold my tickets to that game about forty-five minutes ago. A last-minute wedding invitation is forcing me to see instead Alexander Ovechkin at the Scotiabank Place in April. I'll struggle through this difficult time somehow.

At 12:12 p.m., February 04, 2006, Blogger Matt said...

I'm a Sabres season ticket holder from Canada and I'll be at the game tonight as well.

I'll be interested to read what you think of the arena and the atmosphere. The crowd should be rocking tonight...Buffalo is playing fantastic hockey this year (especially since taking the three early season losses to the Sens).

Enjoy the game!

At 1:29 p.m., February 04, 2006, Anonymous cy said...

Nothing wrong with being a fan. i've always said that sportswriters should be required to reach into their own wallet, buy tickets and sit in the stands once a year, for a valuable reminder in what this is all about.

At 1:40 p.m., February 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good choice should be a beaut tonite .

I enjoy visiting Buffalo while I lived in TO . Cool gotham style Batman architecture . Great sports town . The stadium's location is in the middle of the city , hotels are nearby and fairly inexpensive bars open to 4 (or was it 5) is really the only drawback but there's a silver lining in every cloud .

The Sabres are gonna be a real test for the Sens who are struggling (ignore that Pens game)now like Buffalo was when we pasted 'em earlier in the year .

Hasek in nets . Canada will really enjoy the highlite package on HNIC .


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