How I became a Hockey Fan

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On January 20, 2015, I made a very important decision. You see, after failing to make up my mind for my entire life, I finally chose a hockey team that would be my favorite.

This would be the team I would route for.

The team I would be a fan of.


And Ever.


According to my husband Daniel, once you pick a sports team, you are supposed to remain a loyal fan for life. Evidently there’s some kind of unwritten code that states that you should stick with your chosen team – through thick and thin. Good times and bad. Wins and losses. No matter whether you originally chose that team when you were just a 5-year-old, because the name was easy-to-rhyme. (Mets, Jets, Nets, anyone?)  Unless your team moves to a distant city does something unthinkable, (such as trading Babe Ruth, or benching Tim Tebow) a die-hard fan is supposed to support the team.

(Don’t laugh, with that kind of pressure, it’s easy to see why I put off finding the right team for over 40 years. It was something of a commitment, really.)

I ultimately chose my team for logical, scientific and vain reasons:
1. Geographic proximity (so I could see live games)
2. Team colors that match my HS & College colors & flatter me.
3. A roster with a several talented, inspiring players.

I chose the Washington Capitals as my team. And the Detroit Red Wings as my secondary team. (In other words, I always route for the Caps to win, over any other team. But I route for the Red Wings in every game that they play – unless they’re playing the Caps.)

Capiche? Good.

After all, the Capitals play in DC, which is easy to get to from anywhere on the Eastern Seaboard. Their colors are red. (And if I must say so myself, I do look pretty good in red.) The motto “ROCK THE RED” suits me. Plus they have Ovechkin and Ward, both of whom are good players who are easy to like.

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Anyhow, yesterday was the Seventh Game in the playoffs between the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders. Of course I’d hoped my team would do well this season, but I hadn’t actually planned for them to get this far. Which meant that if my beloved Washington Capitals actually won the game, I’d have ABSOLUTELY NO fan gear to demonstrate to the world that I too have won. (Since I am their fan, when they win I am allowed to take some measure of the credit…another unwritten rule.)  Since I hadn’t ordered any fangear, I wouldn’t be able to post pictures of myself all decked out, rockin’ the red on Instagram or Facebook – because I didn’t actually have any. And that was a crying shame.

So before the game, I decided to take my kids to a local ice skating rink, sort of like an impromptu field trip. They had a blast, practiced their skating, turning and going backwards. Naturally I documented the ice skating trip with video and took pictures. (This serves as proof that anything I have to say about ice hockey is backed up with dedication, and first-hand understanding, see?)

And wouldn’t you know it? Turns out the Caps wound up winning Game 7 in the playoff series! (Is it coincidence that they won the day I took my kids ice skating – or is it confirmation that I made a *supremely excellent* hockey team choice?) Consequently, to further bask in the glory of my Washington Capitals most amazing victory, I decided I’d write this blog post about “fan-dom” – and I also ordered this sweatshirt, which is already on it’s way to me. (It’s on deep discount, and coupon code FREESHIP provides free shipping .)

Washington Capitals Hooded Sweatshirt ON SALE – $29.99

Retail Price: $69.95
Save: ~ 60% off! Now I can look good, support the team and save money in the process. This hoodie has  an embroidered Washington Capitals logo on the chest and the team name on the back. My “fandom” will show, whether I’m coming or going! With the slim fit and lace-up details, this hoodie has the figure-flattering feminine look I want/ deserve and the Washington Capitals spirit I love.

(Can’t wait until it comes…should be two days.) But even if you aren’t a hockey fan, Fanatics offers Jerseys, t-shirts, hats, jackets, key chains, sweats and everything for every sport I know of. Baseball, basketball, Football, NASCAR, soccer, The Olympics…everything. Take a look around and check out the sales and deals on things you can get for the sports fans in your life. (Or for yourself, like I did.)

However, as cool as I’m going to look in my sweatshirt, my favorite deal was this: Practically Free Twist Up Crayons

Washington Capitals 8-Pack Twist Crayon – $1.99

Washington Capitals 8-Pack Twist Crayon

**Disclosure, when you order through my links, you’ll get the same discounts and deals I got and I’ll get the credit for referring you.**