Okay, so recently I went on a trip to the south where the weather is always warm and ice rinks are a mythical creature. Fine, not really seeing as Florida, one of the places that I stopped, has two NHL teams plus a bunchaother teams. But in all honesty, hockey isn't very big the further south you head. And that's why I packed a bunch of hockey tee shirts and paraded myself around waiting to see what people would say.
Mind you, I was on a cruise ship, that left from NYC, so you would assume this would be skewed, that I would run in to crazy amounts of Atlantic and Northeastern Division fans, but no I didn't. So disappointed hockey fans!
On the entire trip, I ran into five fans wearing some sort of gear: one New York Islanders fan in the Bahamas by a pool, a Minnesota North Stars fan (or at least a Peter Chiarelli fan) while waiting for a tram car, a guy rocking a New York Rangers Rod Gilbert shirt, and two little kids wearing a Brad Marchand shirt on the ship and another one wearing a Dion Phaneuf shirt in Disney World. No offense, but damn, those are terrible choices. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm a HUGE Gilbert fan, but come on! Make me want to run up to you and become instant BFFs with you! Let me nerd out and commiserate over the lack of a season!
For those wondering packed away with me was:
- Jordin Tootoo shirt (Nashville, of course)
- Patrick Kane
- Chicago Blackhawks feathers shirt
- Lanny McDonald (Calgary, as if you had to ask)
- Sean Avery (but I didn't get to wear it)
- Gordie Howe 2x (Whalers and Red Wings)
I skipped hockey stuff for two days, one on my birthday where I wore a dress (I felt it went better with the tiara) and I brought my "Endless Summer" tee shirt.
I wore the Lanny McDonald as a beach cover up, and the only person who noticed was me when I freaked out about it possible blowing away in a surprise rainstorm.