Two of my colleagues have already written and published an intro post like the one you’re about to read. Whether or not it’s mandatory, I don’t know. I highly doubt it, but I don’t really care either way. So sit back and relax.
I was born out of a family who really didn’t care much for sports. None of them are die-hard sports fans, much less casual fans (until I got into Sharks hockey). I’d originally heard of hockey and ice hockey, but never really bothered to really dive deep into it. That all changed about five years ago, when I was a sophomore in high school.
I had arrived early to my World History class one day like I always did, and I saw and heard this Canucks fan talking hockey with my World History teacher, who was obviously a Sharks fan. Well, this continued on for a couple days, and one night I was in my room watching TV surfing through the channel guide when I saw a Sharks game. It was the 2010 Western Conference Finals, which pitted Team Teal against the Chicago Blackhawks. I don’t remember much about that game, other than that it was Evgeni Nabokov in net instead of now-former Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, who then served as the number one netminder for the Blackhawks, and that the Sharks were being dominated like hell.
Although we lost and were swept in that series, if I remember correctly, I remember thinking something like “wow, this looks really awesome”. I thought to myself that I could really get into this fast-paced game. Surely enough, after eavesdropping into a few more hockey conversations and having a few myself with my teacher, I was hooked.
While the first regular season of hockey I’d watched was completely of the Sharks in the following year, I’d slowly and eventually started taking an interest in other teams and the sport itself. Having been a Sharks fan for what I felt like was long enough, and having enough in-depth knowledge of the sport from learning from guys like former Sharks color analyst Drew Remenda (without him, I’d still be confused about the strategies and… I’d just be confused as hell about team play, put it that way) and watching and listening intently to the nightly panel on NHL Tonight, I’d first decided to join FanSided’s Blades of Teal, which I’m sure my colleagues are well aware of as most are former BoT writers. After a while, I’d decided to feed the general hockey fan in me this time by joining Ice Nation UK, another hockey blog where its writers are from all over the world. By the way, prior to writing this, I was promoted a few months ago to co-editor on that site.
Because of my BoT connections here and thanks in large part to Darryl Martin of informing me of this awesome writing opportunity, I decided it’d be a great privilege to write for Pucknology as well.
During this 25th anniversary season and onwards, I will provide as much of my hockey insight as possible while delivering some Sharks hockey news as well. If permitted as well, I might even do some play-by-play breakdowns too! Who knows? I’m really excited to be a part of this excellent community and also want to thank Erik Kuhre, the head honcho of this site, for allowing me to have this opportunity. By the way, just on a side note, I live-tweet Sharks games when I can during the season on the Blades of Teal Twitter account. If you want to check out my play-by-play and analysis, follow it!
Here’s to another year of Sharks hockey!