Not so much a debate this Monday, as a topic of conversation. The gist: If you are relatively new to the sport of hockey, what is it about the game that draws you to it?
The topic was submitted by Jeff Williams, who offers his own answer by way of introduction:
I grew up in a non-hockey area (Houston, Texas), where I was raised on football and a little baseball, and then more football, and then of course … more football. I moved to the Triangle in 1987 and soon discovered the passion of college basketball. Then, when my oldest son was around twelve, the Hurricanes began their first Stanley Cup quest. He and I then put aside our ACC basketball interest and discovered the joy and beauty of the game of hockey.
Spurred by the Canes' emotional playoff run, he began playing on the streets of our neighborhood, not exactly a Canadian backyard ice rink, but the steamy asphalt still managed to instill in him the joy of hockey. He is now 18 years old and plays goalie at the Junior B hockey level (on ice, by the way), with hopes of playing college hockey.
I can honestly say (with apologies to my father, who still lives in Texas), that hockey is now my favorite sport. Thus, my question to generate some discussion is as follows: If you are relatively new to the sport of hockey, what is it about the game that draws you to it?
And if you're not relatively new to the sport, what made you a hockey fan? What kept you there? Why are you reading this blog in the middle of August?
(I'll just assume the answer to the last question is "the witty repartee.")
We've got a couple Mondays left before the season starts, so if you've got a topic, get it in ASAP. I'd like to keep this going through training camp (when it might be a lot of fun) and into the season, but no guarantees, so send your topic to email@example.com for consideration.
And thanks to everyone who has contributed over the past couple months to making these Monday debates a success. The traffic generated by your ideas, in the middle of the offseason, has been remarkable.