It’s More Than Just A Game

The first summer that Paul and I were dating the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup.  As a non-athletic girl I wasn’t following the season closely (an impossibility while at school, anyway) but as a Canadian, the outcome was still important to me.  Paul called me after the final game, completely elated that his Red Wings had won.  It was an omen, he told me.

He was right.  If I was going to marry an American boy, at least I had found one who could talk hockey.

Tonight the Anaheim Ducks won the Stanley Cup.  It is the first time a Californian team has ever won, and the first time in a long time that a West Coast team has won.  Again, I consider it a good sign.  I remember all those times I wanted to leave California and felt prompted to stay put just a little longer.  I’m not saying this is the reason, but I’m not saying it’s not, either.  I’m just saying …

***Edit:  My brother in law put it best:  “The confluence of [our family] from Detroit and Canada brought Hockey mojo to SoCal.”

5 thoughts on “It’s More Than Just A Game

  1. Hee hee! Hockey mojo, huh? That’s pretty cool! I’ve never really watched a lot of hockey, but I’m sure if I did, I would love it. Besides, with my sportsy husband, we really don’t need another sport to keep tabs on!

    Congrats to Anaheim…and you, I guess! 🙂

  2. So I guess Dalton McGuinty (Premier of Ontario) lost the bet and has to pay Arnold Schwarzenegger (Governor of California). So, are other Californians besides you guys excited?

  3. I hate to say that I’m disappointed that the Ducks won the Cup…but I am. Not because I’m a fan of the Senators or anything like that, but because there’s a player on the Ducks that I would have MUCH rather not seen hoist that cup, as most Edmontonians agree. Chris Pronger was on our team last year and wound up leaving due to “personal” reasons. Those “personal” reasons turned out that his family didn’t like Edmonton, and while other’s opinions are not normally offensive to me, from what’s been said, he was rather rude about it. On the flip side, the Senators as well had a former Oilers team member on it who also left a sour taste in the mouths of Edmontonians when he left. Comrie is a born-bred Edmontonian who’s family owns the Brick. He as well left with bad blood mixed in with his trade. But by now, most Edmontonians had forgiven Comrie for his behaviour, while Pronger’s was still very fresh in our minds.

    But still, good on the Ducks for winning the Cup!! I will still be a faithful Edmonton Oilers fan, not because I live in Edmonton, but because I’ve been a fan of the Oil since I was four…the Gretzky Days…I still hope that it will happen here for us as well, however, my hopes aren’t that high!! Hahaha…mind you, after last year’s playoffs and experiencing the craziness that goes along with it, I’m rather glad that we had a quiet year here. I lived on a stretch of road in Edmonton where the fans had to go down to get to the bars at the other end. It was a noisy summer!

  4. Once Calgary was out, we quit paying attention. We had to reserve our strength to root for the Suns in the NBA. Of course, they lost (and like everyone else in Phoenix, we’re pretty bitter about it!!), so I guess now it’s on to the next sport. Except that Ches could care less about baseball (shhhh, Laural, don’t tell Jody!!), so I guess we’re just waiting for football to start up again. I, however, am glad to see someone new (the Ducks) win the Stanley Cup. Makes it fun for something new to happen. If that makes sense to anyone besides me… good for you! 🙂

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