I have not always been a hockey fan. In fact, I’ve actually been a hokey fan for less than a year! But, I never do things by halves, so when I became a hockey fan, I became a hockey fan.
My journey to the sport actually started with either romance novels or fanfiction, I can’t remember which. Luckily, this was just a few weeks before the 2015-16 NHL preseason began, so I had time to learn more about the game. And by more, I mean everything, because I knew nothing. Hockey isn’t a big sport in Southern California, though it’s popularity is growing all the time thanks to having two good teams.
Despite living near two hockey teams, I chose to cheer for the Chicago Blackhawks. I was partially influenced by their popularity (so much info/videos/pictures/fanfiction) and their success (3 cups in 6 years!), but the biggest factor was actually that my boyfriend is from Chicago and is a Blackhawks fan. I figured that it might be nice to have a sports team in common, since we support different baseball teams (at least our teams aren’t rivals!).
But then, somehow, I fell in love with the Pittsburgh Penguins. I still love the Blackhawks, but the Penguins quickly became my #1 team, even though they weren’t having a great season (lol). My boyfriend was awesome enough to take me to both a Blackhawks at Kings game AND a Penguins at Ducks games. My teams lost both games (because of course they did). But it was still amazing and so much fun.
For non-hockey fans (who probably aren’t reading this, but whatever), the Penguins fired their coach a few games after the game I went to and hired a new one. They ended up winning the Stanley cup! And my mom, who is baffled by my choice of hockey team, thinks that I should probably pick out lottery numbers because I’m obviously lucky (I’m really not).
During this, I started ice skating. I hadn’t been in years, but I loved watching how easy the players made it look. It’s not easy. I have good balance, but skating is actually really, really hard. I bought a pair of skates and started going to my local rinks at least once a week. I watched many, many YouTube videos on edges and stopping and skating backwards. It felt amazing to be doing something physical for once, instead of just sitting around the house.
I broke my left wrist on December 19th. I was turning from skating forwards to backwards and fell. I got up, got off the ice, and knew pretty much right away that it was broken. My visit to the doctor the next day confirmed it.
I was back on the ice 5 days later.
In April, I went to an adult learn-to-play clinic at a local rink. It was 3 weeks long, and they gave us loaner equipment and beginning instruction. And I learned that hockey is a LOT harder than just being able to skate! I had so much fun that I knew this was something I wanted to keep doing.
So…I got my own gear (some new, some used, so expensive!!!) and signed up for the rink’s rookie league. My team has played 7 games. We lost the first 6, but yesterday, August 6th we finally won!!! It felt so amazing! And I even registered my first point: an assist on the game winning goal!!!
So, this isn’t the type of thing I normally post, but I just thought that I’d share. One thing I love about books is that they can introduce you to brand new things that you never knew about or didn’t think you’d be interested in.
Without books and reading, I never would have discovered hockey. I wouldn’t have experienced going to live NHL games or seeing my team win the Stanly Cup, and I definitely wouldn’t be a hockey player! Once again, reading has opened up my world in a new way and made my life so much better.
I hope that your passion for reading leads you to find other passions as well!
Here’s a list of all the hockey romances that I’ve reviewed on this blog so far:
- Him (Him #1) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
- Us (Him #2) by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
- The Understatement of the Year (The Ivy Years #3) by Sarina Bowen
- Center Ice (Corrigan Falls Raiders #1) by Cate Cameron
- Playing Defense (Corrigan Falls Raisers #2) by Cate Cameron
- Breakaway (Scoring Chances #1) by Avon Gale
- Save of the Game (Scoring Chances #2)by Avon Gale
- Power Play (Scoring Chances #3) by Avon Gale
- Winging It by Ashlyn Kane and Morgan James
- Fair Play (Hat Trick #1) by Samantha Wayland
- Two Man Advantage (Hat Trick #2) by Samantha Wayland
- End Game (Hat Trick #3) by Samantha Wayland
- Scoring Chance (Highlight Reel #1) by V.A. Westwood
- On the Brink (In the Zone #0) by Kate Willoughby
- The Jock and the Fat Chick by Nicole Winters