I can pinpoint the moment I became a die-hard hockey fan. We were at my second Dallas Stars game ever on October 27th last year, having attended my first a couple of days earlier. We were playing the Anaheim Ducks, and they had scored 3 goals in the first period, leaving the score 3-0 going into the 2nd intermission. A 3 goal deficit is quite difficult to overcome…but almost halfway through the period Patrick Sharp scored his first ever goal as a Dallas Star. And that opened the floodgates. By the end of the period, the score was tied, 3-3. The 3rd period is relatively quiet. As time winds down, you pretty much know that the team that scores the next goal will win. And with less than 2 minutes left in the game, Antoine Roussel scores the game winner. The Dallas Stars had staged and completed the comeback. And the very next day I started the process of securing Season Tickets for the rest of the season.
It’s been a little over a year since then. And I’m happy to say my fierce passion (obsession?) for the sport and my team has only grown. The funny thing is, I can’t really put into proper words why I like hockey so much. It’s some combination of the speed of the game along with the physicality and character of the players that just speaks to me. Then add to that the sheer skill needed to perform at that level. It’s a recipe for success in my book.
So here I am. A Season Ticket holder. A girl that owns more hockey related apparel than I thought possible (I’d guess that 45% of my wardrobe is either green or Stars related at this point). Someone that can list players from any team and their stats off the top of her head.
Hi, my name is Italia, and I am obsessed with hockey. At this point, I don’t know what I did with my time before then…