Ten Reasons I Love Hockey

10.  Athletes in shape.  Hockey players have the average lowest body fat of any of the professional sports.

9.  Fighting is allowed, sort of.  People get into fights in hockey and nobody stops them.  In fact, people cheer.  And the fighters get penalized, but go back on the ice later (in most cases).

8.  Skill shooting.  Use a wooden stick to fire a little black puck past a guy covered in pads and into a tiny little goal.  You try it.  It ain’t easy.

7.  Love of the game.  Hockey players love the game.  And hockey fans love the game.  And hockey players love their fans, and vice versa.  You don’t get that kind of dedication in baseball, football and the NBA.

6.  Power plays.  You screw up, your team plays down a man for 2 minutes.  It’s a Time Out, and it’s exciting.  You don’t see man advantages in baseball, football or basketball.

5.  Line changes.  The ENTIRE BENCH plays.  Two minutes of skating is tiring.  So to keep everyone fresh they cycle in changes, which pits different players against each other.  Strategy at its best.

4.  Possession changes.  A team gets the puck and immediately turns around and attacks, and vice versa.  There are no “downs” or innings, nor is there a shot clock.

3.  Stanley Cup.  There’s no better trophy in all of sports.  Lombardi’s is cool, but you can’t drink out of it.  And it’s not called Lord Lombardi’s trophy.  It’s called Lord Stanley’s Cup.

2.  Canadian teams don’t suck.  In every other sport, they do.  Don’t tell that to the Ottowa Senators.

1.  The last two minutes of the game are awesome.  No time outs.  No NBA fouling back and forth.  The close games have the goalie pulled and they risk a goal to try and overpower the other team.  It’s like pulling the outfielders and adding 3 more infielders, or pulling the offensive line to get 8 receivers instead of 5.

It’s the NHL playoffs.  And they rule.


20 Responses to “Ten Reasons I Love Hockey”

  1. 1 hockeyholic
    January 6, 2010 at 1:21 am

    the ten reasons i love hockey. an amazing expression of my new found love and obsession. At lease I know there is at least someone else out there that gets it. Most people just listen and nod their heads or change the subject. Believe it or not, I found this by typing “i love hockey” into the search box.

  2. 2 Original6
    January 6, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. I was never into sports, just played little league baseball until my wife got free tickets to a devils game. I fell in love. I bought books on it to learn as much as I could, played video games, watched videos. It’s sad it’s not more popular!

  3. 3 Mr Wisconsin
    February 19, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Amen! Takes a little bit of time for someone to catch on the game but once they do they will be hooked. Playing hockey my entire life I have always been in love with the game. My professional career (business career) has brought me to numerous places around the map where hockey is not appreciated has much as I am used to, but I have always made new fans of the game by getting colleagues to watch a game. Thank you for the top ten reasons, they are reasons I love the game above any other!

  4. 4 Damon
    April 22, 2010 at 7:00 am

    I too found your site by typing, “why I love hockey”. I was middle aged before I became a hockey fanatic. I got hooked by watching the Buffalo Sabres on TV in the playoffs one year. I was mesmerized by the skill, grace, and passion of the players. I decided to educated myself in the sport by reading books, and subscribing to The Hockey News magazine. I have since moved to North Carolina and now pull for both the Sabres and the Hurricanes. I purchase the “Center Ice” TV package every year and enjoy many great games and matchups. My wife doesn’t even make me feel guilty about the purchase. She says, ” Hey, for the price of a good ticket to one game, you can watch a seasons worth of hockey of all the teams..” Hockey is by far my favorite sport to watch. The Carolina Hurricanes fans are great down here. I think Carolinians are just great sports fans (especially college sports) so they appreciate and enjoy their professional Hockey franchise.

  5. 5 Dean
    April 24, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    So cool to find out I’m not alone. I’m 39 and just started learning to skate and plan to join a beginner league in hockey because I recently fell in love with it. I played baseball for most of my life and ame a 5-handicap golfer, so I’m pretty decent at stick/ball sports, but I’m not naive enough to thin that I’m going to be good at this right away. Just looks so fun. Being 5’8″, 180 lbs, I’m sure I’m gonna get the hell beat out of me but hey….that’s hockey!

  6. 6 splitsgentry
    April 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    The 10 reasons I love hockey…I don’t. I don’t understand the allure to watch such a sport. Why not get off your ass in the spring and go out and do something outside rather than watching some over priced athletes do it for you? It’s beyond me.

    [Doc– Says the guy who’s sitting on his ass in the spring, finding a fan-thread about hockey and trolling it with cynicism. The internet– sometimes you can’t make up the stupid.]

  7. 7 Vanessa
    May 9, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I don’t understand the allure of looking up things you don’t like to complain and belittle complete strangers. What a sad life!

    I too google I love hockey because ya know what? I’m sick of not knowing anyone who will watch a fucking game with me. I’ve spent most of my life in the South and dear god, dealing with football fans and having to put up fights to have the tv on the game I want is ridiculous. Getting into hockey has changed my life, it has filled the void of feeling left out from my family in Detroit. It gives me a reason to go to a bar and possibly meet other fans/friends/men. it has given me something to look forward to and being excited about. I got to attend my first home game a month ago in Detroit and my lordy, I was in tears, it was just such a great moment to feel like I belonged somewhere. Instead of having Stars fans booing me, I was cheering along with everyone else. It’s like a 3 hour concert.

    • 8 LetsGoRangers
      May 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      You need to get laid.

      Ps I don’t think Dallas has been considered “the South” (did you seriously just capitalize the word south Col. Sanders??) since like 1860

  8. 9 LaxQueen
    February 21, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Yo add “Hockey players are HOT” to that list!!!

  9. 11 Geezy
    April 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I love the fact that in the playoffs there are so many upsets. Any team can win it all ….

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