Ice hockey isn’t a popular sport on the West Coast, but it’s definitely one worth learning.
Growing up in northern California, I followed the National Hockey League, but like most people in the Bay Area, I wasn’t obsessed with the sport. I only set my eyes on hockey when one of my teams was in the playoffs. Of course, I support my home team, the Sharks, but I also followed the Devils — especially Martin Brodeur — but things changed as soon as I met my close friend and Inside Hockey editor, Brad. He covered the Islanders and still does up to this day. I knew the Isles weren’t a very good team, but they had a rich history.
The Isles’ dynasty from 1980-83 was certainly something to remember. Obviously, I wasn’t alive during the Isles’ spectacular cup run, but this is a part of history and it matters. I feel like people aren’t true sports fans unless if they know about their teams, inside and out.
The Devils were good while they lasted, but I was fascinated by the Isles and how they played. The Isles played with tons of physicality and a sprinkle of finesse. They’re fun to watch. John Tavares is my favorite current Islander. Moreover, Mike Bossy is my favorite Islander of all-time. There’s a lot of Isles players I enjoy watching, but I’m not going to write out a Christmas list on this post. I’m pretty sure you can figure out the rest of my favorite players on the other New York team. It’s not rocket science.
Aside from Brad, I slowly began to make new friends through Isles groups on Facebook. As you can see, I was truly interested in the team.
Fast forward to February 2016 when I was looking for an Isles admin for my own hockey group, the “HOCKEY LOUNGE” and this guy named Shawn volunteered to help me out. Soon, we became good friends and he invited his friends to the group.
Little did I know, his brother approached me and then his friend Adam accepted my friend request. They were cool guys who were down-to-earth, especially Adam. He helped me carry me back to the shore through my worst days, no matter how bad they were. He helped me generate headlines for my stories. He heard me out whenever I had an issue with something or someone. He’s someone you should look up to.
Hockey has helped me in more ways than one.