Unfortunately, we are about a week removed from team USA’s heart- breaking loss to Canada during the semifinal round of the Olympic Games. And we all know that was followed by a brutal loss to Finland in the bronze medal game.
While this was and still is devastating for even the least dedicated USA hockey fans, this weekend is a cause for celebration of the wonderful sport of hockey and its fan-base in the United States.
USA hockey has come such a long way. The sport of hockey in general has come a long way in the United States. The talent level of players today is causing more and more people to become interested in the wonderful sport of hockey. American-born players such as Jonathan Quick, Patrick Kane, and Joe Pavelski have either helped to build up a fan following in non traditional markets or in the case of Patrick Kane, have revitalized the sport in a large sports hub.
Players of this talent level will not only attract fans to arenas and to their televisions. But they are going to get kids and even adults who have never played hockey to think “Hey, he’s an American hockey player and the star of an NHL team. Maybe hockey could be for me too!”
It does not even necessarily have to be American-born players helping hockey to gain ground in the US. Look at Sidney Crosby and Teemu Selanne. It is incredible how talented they are what they are able to do to help grow the sport in markets that were not always huge for hockey.
Because of these players and countless others, we are able to celebrate this weekend. Hockey was born in Canada, but thanks to Canada, people in the United States are really starting to catch hockey fever.
So what can you do to celebrate this weekend? Here’s the website! http://www.hockeyweekendacrossamerica.com/
Start tomorrow by wearing your favorite hockey jersey and share it on social media. Show your pride and let people know why you love that player or team or both!
Saturday? Get out and play. Play on a pond, go skating at a rink, shoot pucks in your driveway. What’s not to love about that?
On Sunday you can share your hockey hero. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something deep and personal. Who got you into the sport? Who are you able to enjoy it most with?
And most importantly check out some games in any form. Go to a minor league game for cheap. Go to an NHL game if you can afford it. And if money is tight, (which I’m sure it is for many of us) watch the numerous games on tv this weekend.
Hockey is a fantastic sport. Of course there are plenty of sports to love and enjoy. I myself am a huge football fan and someone who associates summer with baseball games. But for just this weekend at least, dedicate it to spreading your love for hockey. Dedicate it to sharing your story and to watching or playing hockey.
Personally, I know it’s not always easy to stay dedicated. School and work get in the way often, but this weekend I am promising myself that I will relax and get back the passion I developed for hockey over 10 years ago. It takes a backseat to much more important things throughout the year, but this weekend is all about hockey.