Twelve Things We're Thankful For
• Seemingly meaningless
traditions that fans of other teams don't understand,
but mean so much at our local rinks and alma maters.
• The NHL Draft, for validation
that the talent in college hockey is as strong as we
believe it is ...
• ... and the hidden gems
whose names aren't called at the draft and just work
that much harder.
• Third-string goalies,
preferably seniors, who make their first start and get
• Knowing that we're not
the only ones waiting for a box score to be posted,
while we refresh our internet browsers.
• A good, prolonged cycle
down low in the offensive zone, and fans who appreciate
• The laid-back atmosphere
during Friday's practices at the Frozen Four, and realizing
just how much fun the players can have on the eve of
one of the most important hockey games in their careers.
• Rinks named after former
coaches and players, not cell phone companies or financial
• That tangible, yet unexplainable,
hockey factor known as "jump."
• The unbeatable sensation
of walking into an ice rink and feeling
• The simple, all-encompassing
beauty of a line chart.
• The opportunity to catch
a puck that caromed out of play, and even moreso, the
chance to give it to a kid sitting nearby.