The Stanley Cup playoffs: Bringing families together!
By Christine Ramirez
I do not watch every single NHL game during the regular season. I really don’t. But my husband does and so do the boys (well, the boys are men at this point in our lives). Every now and then I might sit and watch a game with my husband, but it is not a frequent occurrence.
And then suddenly, it is April and then May… and the Stanley Cup playoffs take over. This is the hockey I love most of all. The teams that are left have proven themselves; the players are strong and determined. The coaches realize their place in NHL history as does everyone involved in these last games leading up to the finals.
Stanley Cup playoff hockey is absolutely exquisite! There is no other way to describe this. I see hockey that is clean and fast. There are heroic moments and tragic moments. There are unfair calls and goals, and there are beautiful and impossible goals. This is exquisite hockey.
We took my mom and dad out to lunch this past Saturday. It happened to be the same day of the first of possibly seven playoff games for the Eastern Conference. After lunch, my parents, my husband and I went back to their place and we tuned into the game on TV (my 80-year-old-plus parents NEVER watch hockey games on TV). Well, it all turned around that day! We had the TV on. The volume was pumped up. We all sang along during the singing of both the American and Canadian national anthems. My parents became as invested in the game as my husband and I both were! I am talking sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat hockey! Shouting at the TV, banging on the coffee table in celebration and/or frustration. It was amazing and spectacular!
We watched the entire game together, all four of us! My folks were so enthralled and kept asking questions… “What is icing?” “What does off-sides mean?” “What’s a power play?” “What do they mean by a 5 on 4?” And on and on.
On that day, my parents received a hockey education… a “hockey-cation.” And they officially became NHL Hockey fans. But I’ve got a feeling they will be like me: We are hockey fans only when it is exquisite hockey… Stanley Cup playoff hockey, that is!
In real life, The Hockey Wife is Christine Ramirez, a software QA and documentation specialist. And she is actually the wife of Warren Tabachnick, the man behind CrossIceHockey.com. A long-time hockey fan, Chris sometimes becomes disillusioned with the sport over the course of the season, due to hockey overload. But each year, when the Stanley Cup playoffs descend, her interest is once again piqued.
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