Tomorrow is a big day. It's your first live NHL game, and we're going to it together. With our dad, and our husbands.
It's difficult to put into words how much this means to me. We haven't lived in the same house for about 15 years, but we've been there for each other's big moments, and I hope that tomorrow is one of them. My first live NHL game was a pivotal day in my life, because that was the first time I saw the Kings in person, and that was the day I fell in love with hockey forever. So you probably don't think that tomorrow is a very big deal, but it means a lot that we are sharing something that I love.
There are a few things you should know about your first game.
- You live in Vancouver now. You'll probably hear a lot of bad things about the Canucks, but don't take it personally. At the end of the day, it's ok for you to root for them, loudly and proudly, and I hope that you do.
- Don't be surprised if I choke up during the video intro. It's pretty amazing (side note for Kings fans: seriously, how amazing is the Kings and Queens intro video? I loved the Black Parade video, but wow, this is a whole new level).
- Don't be surprised if I choke up during the National Anthem. Even though many things about this country are beyond ridiculous and infuriating, it gets me every time.
- Don't be surprised if I choke up during the Hero of the Game. You'll see what I mean tomorrow.
- Don't be surprised if I choke up for what appears to be no reason whatsoever. It's probably because I caught a glimpse of the Stanley Cup Champions banner.
- The LA Kings have ice girls. I used to wince and make fun of them, but they are actually pretty good. They are great at engaging the crowd, and they do an impressive job actually cleaning up the ice. I have respect for them and it's not because I'm a vapid LA girl. It's because they could clobber the shit out of me with their ice shovels.
- Don't be alarmed if there is a fight. Most major injuries happen these days during play, not during fighting. Fighting is the hockey world's way of enforcing the rules. There are only so many places the refs can watch at any given time, so when someone feels that a penalty is missed, it's not uncommon for that to translate (sometimes slowly, building over time) into a fight.
- About the players: Our captain is #23, and yes, he does have a babyface. But don't let that lull you into a false sense of security- he hits hard and sometimes people don't get up right away. Spoiler alert: Sedin was fine and even he admitted it was a good hit.
- You've probably also heard of our goalie, #32. He's a fucking beast. Our "backup" (and I use quotes because he's been playing just as well, if not better recently) is #45, and he's an excellent goalie AND he's devastatingly handsome.
- My favorite player is #7. He's reliable- and, thankfully, quite durable. Somehow he always seems to take a lot of physical punishment during the games.
- It's normal to taunt the goalies. I had to get used to that because it initially felt mean-spirited, but then I grew up love and respect the tradition. It's about getting into his head and messing with his confidence, especially after he lets a goal go through. By the way, don't even think about taunting the LA goalies when they're playing at home- it's simply not done by visiting fans, and although I will protect you from bodily injury, you can't say I didn't warn you.
- Our mascot is a lion named Bailey. He's the greatest. If I see him, I *will* hug him, so don't be alarmed if I jump out of my seat onto a guy dressed like a lion.
- We'll probably chant things that you consider obnoxious. Apologies in advance.
- Under no circumstances will we leave early, even if Vancouver has a 10 goal lead. Fans till the end!
Anyway, you probably didn't even read this whole thing. But I'm sure you'll figure out everything you need to know tomorrow. I'm SUPER excited to see you, and I'm SUPER excited that we'll get to do this together. GO KINGS GO!
p.s. By the way, does "Sister of Mine" remind anyone else of this? Just me?
p.p.s. I'd love to see my LA Kings family tomorrow. We're going to try and be down by the ice for warmups and we'll be in Section 208 for the game. Let me know if you want to meet up!