As you all know I went to the Hawks-Caps game on Friday. The overall experience was quite lovely. As my uncle explained, it was basically “a stadium with drunken Chicago fanatics.” So not quite the safest place to wear a Capital’s jersey.
He couldn’t have been more wrong.
I have been to the United Center several times; the best time was the Hawks-Flyers Stanley Cup finals Game 1 in 2010. This was my first time rooting for the hime team at the United Center. This was actually my first time rooting for the visiting team at any NHL stadium since then.
The fans at United were absolutely amazing and wished me luck before the game. I also wasn’t alone in my row. There were a ton of Caps fans. A fan in the next section over was the loudest Capitals fan in the stadium. Whenever we would score he’d yell “C-A-P-S Caps Caps Caps.” And whenever Tommy Hawk would beat his drum and the rest of the crowd cheered “Let’s go Hawks,” he’d cheer “Let’s go Caps.” Toward the end of the game, the Hawks fans got really tired of him and yelled “Let’s go Hawks” even louder.
I, towards the end screamed “Unleash the fury!”
I understand that I may have had a different experience as a 14 year-old girl, but the fans were very kind. In the end I may have been the most obnoxious fan there.
Chris Cleveland writes that Fantasy Hockey is great way to keep up with hockey stats:
So I am huge into following player stats in the NHL. I follow stats from at least a few players from every team but I mostly know a lot about Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks players since those are the two teams I follow. But I love covering all teams.
One great way to keep up with all these different player stats is playing fantasy hockey. How does fantasy hockey work? First you draft a team with usually 16 players on it. Then you can choose any player you want from any NHL team.
The drafts usually happen a few weeks before the season starts and they are really fun. If you are in a bigger fantasy hockey league, the drafts can go on for a long time. It’s kind of a guessing game too.
You get points based on how well the players you drafted do every time they in a games. A lot of the really good players usually get drafted really early, like Patrick Kane and Alex Ovechkin.
Fantasy hockey can really be a guessing game at times too. Say you want to draft a player who is risky but has a huge upside. For example, last year I had Artemi Panarin and Andre Burkovsky on one of my teams and they both had great seasons. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes it doesn’t.
The reason I like to use Fantasy Hockey as a good way to keep up with stats is because it really makes you pay attention to every game on any given night of the NHL season. It’s really fun and easy way to keep up with every team in the NHL. Last year I won one of my leagues, thanks to the amazing play of Patrick Kane and Braden Holtby both having career years.
I have already done a few Fantasy Hockey drafts this year and plan to do a few more before the season starts. I try not to draft too many players from the same team but I always try to have at least two or three Caps or Hawks players on my team. This year I have a team for which I drafted Ovi and Jonathon Toews with Corey Crawford and Braden Holtby as my goalies. So that should be really fun.
I’ll write more later to let you know how it’s going! Hope you will join the fun too.