I used to think I did’t like hockey. It turns out though, that I just don’t like NHL hockey. Growing up, my Czech aunt took me to more than my fair share of LA Kings games. I always enjoyed the experience, but I never really cared about the actual game.
Despite the fact that I attended games regularly and even got to see the Great One play, I never became fan. After the game on Saturday, however, I’m convinced that it’s just the NHL I don’t like and not hockey itself.
My major gripes with NHL hockey games are that
- The games are too low scoring. Every game I’ve ever seen to was like 1-0 or 2, 0. I want to see goals!
- The NHL has legislated fighting out of the sport. Hockey without fights is just Men’s team figure skating.
- I always had trouble following the game. It doesn’t help that at NHL games good seats are so expensive. I can never see the puck from up in the nosebleeds.
So, how did the Aeros game change my opinion about hockey? The score was 5-3, there were a couple of decent fights, and we sat ten rows behind the goal without breaking the bank.
I don’t care that I don’t know the rules of the game, consider me sold on AHL hockey. I’ll be back for more.
Do you prefer professional or minor league sports? Who’s your favorite team? Sound off in the comments below.
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- AHL Player Tries Fighting Entire Opposing Team [VIDEO] (wzlx.radio.com)