How long have you been a hockey fan? Well, it depends…
I think we watched the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals between Carolina and Detroit on TV but I don’t really remember because I was young and my memory sucks. In either 2002-03 or 2003-04, I went to a game with family and sister’s friends for her birthday. I remember enjoying the game, but the Canes sucked those years, so I couldn’t really get into it.
First game I went to post lockout was when I really started to get into hockey. I was old enough to understand what was happening. It was October 28, 2005. Hurricanes vs Flyers. The Flyers team with Peter Forsberg. It was this game that really got me into hockey, into the Hurricanes, into Forsberg, and later, the Avalanche. The ‘Canes won 8-6 and Eric Staal had his first NHL hat trick. I loved that game. As the year went on, I kept watching, going to games, and cutting out pictures from the News & Observer and putting them on my bedroom wall. Some are still up there today. I was hooked by the time the ‘Canes made the playoffs en route to winning the Stanley Cup.
After I got a laptop and this house got wireless internet, I got into hockey pre-lockout and teams and players that played then. Namely Pavel Bure, Teemu Selanne, Ron Francis, and the Colorado Avalanche teams led by Sakic and Foppa. Those five guys are five of my favorite players of all time. I go to the NHL.com website at least once a day. I guess you can say I’m hooked for life. And I owe it all to the Canes, Rod Brind’Amour, Eric Staal, and Peter Forsberg. And my dad, I suppose, since he bought the tickets to that game.
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Your favorite forward: Since a later day wants all-time favorite player, I’ll take this to be current. In which case, my answer is Tuomo Ruutu.
Why is Ruutu my favorite forward? Well, this is like asking me why do I like some girl or something. It’s hard to put into words. I’ll try my best. I’m a big fan of the guys who give 100% on the ice and love to smile, whether they’re big scorers like Crosby, or barely in the NHL (which is why Chad LaRose is my second favorite forward). Ruutu is one of those guys. Also, I’m a big fan of the power forward role that he plays. He’s plastered some guys into the boards or down on the ice. Ruutu also does everything asked of him: he’s played the physical power forward role at wing, and recently has been slotted at center, asked to play a two-way role, which isn’t his usual thing. Still, Tuomo managed to put up over 50 points this season. I love his determination on the ice, and the willingness to do whatever it takes for his team to win.
I don't know if it has to do with his weight, but...
Drew Carey was a lot funnier when he was fat.
By that, I mean he (and everyone on the show) was funnier on Whose Line Is It Anyway? than Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza. Sure, I’ll watch Improv-A-Ganza whenever I’m at a television that has Game Show Network and the program is on, but it will never live up to the standards of Whose Line. WLiiA is without a doubt the most hilarious show ever on television. I picked an episode of WLiiA that I’ve seen at least twice before to watch right now over the Improv-A-Ganza episode on that I’ve likely never seen.