Sunday, October 25, 2009

Welcome To Atlanta!

Where the players play (sing along to the rest of the Ludacris song in your head). I am super excited to be a part of this great collection of lady hockey fans. When I found the blog and saw that my beloved Thrashers had no coverage, I knew I had to represent! I am originally from Mobile, Alabama which oddly enough, is where I found hockey. I started following the ECHL Team, The Mobile Mystics. I moved to Atlanta (so did they incidentally, now the Gwinnett Gladiators), met my husband who was a hockey nut and the love for the game (and him) bloomed. Now I am also obsessed with taking pictures at hockey games, that's why I started my blog:

1. Where you're from, what you do - basic things.
I am originally from Mobile, Alabama but currently live in Atlanta, Georgia. I am an administrative assistant who has been unemployed since June.

2. Your team and why you like them.
I am an Atlanta Thrashers fan because I live in Atlanta. I love being a southern hockey fan because hockey fans in more traditional markets think they are as likely to see a rabid southern hockey fan as they are a magical unicorn.

3. Your least favourite team and why?
I have a few least favorites. I hate Montreal because I don't like the hockey attitude of most of their fans towards non-traditional hockey markets. And I find it hard to cheer for anyone who would boo their own goalie. I also hate Carolina because they are division rivals and dealt me a sports heartbreak last season that took me months to heal from when the destroyed the Devils in the last few seconds of game 7.

4. Your favourite player of all time & now?
My favorite player of all time is former Thrashers goalie, Pasi Nurminen. He was my first goalie love and started my goalie obsession. Current favorite is Johan Hedberg.

5. Which hockey player is your least favourite and why?
My least favorite player is Cam Ward because he's so damn good and usually is at the heart of some crushing defeat for a team I love.

6 What do you hope to gain from joining HLOG?
I want to meet other hockey loving women from around the league. I also want to show that there are many passionate and knowledgeable hockey fans, especially women, in Atlanta.

7. What role do female fans contribute to the game of hockey? What does female fan support do for the league/team/player she supports?
I think that female fans contribute the same thing to the game as males do, we just look better while doing it. I think that good female fans help erase the stereotype of women who just go to the games to look at hot players or to be seen. People kind of expect guys to be into sports, but when you have a woman who is in to hockey, that helps show what a fantastic sport it is and would possibly attract other fans. As a female fan in Atlanta, I feel like I'm an ambassador of sorts for the Thrashers and as many fans as I can get into the game, the better.

8. Hockey just isn't the same without __________!
Goalies. I'm a complete goalie nut. I love everything about them. I love that everything about them is different from the other players on the ice. Different equipment, different rules, different training, I love that "last line of defense" aspect of the position. I'm the only person I know who enjoys more shots on goal and less scoring.

9. If you could make your own team, regardless of whatever players, what would it be called and where will it be/how would it be like?
I would return the Winnipeg Jets to Manitoba and it would be owned by Jim Balsillie. Canada needs another team and Jim would finally stop sniffing around my teams. Maybe some of the "Atlanta is going to move/be sold" crap would stop. It probably wouldn't stop, but a girl can dream.

10. Who gets your squee and why? (keep it short & sweet, y'all!)
Goalies in general get a lot of squee, but there is no better squee than Johan "Moose" Hedberg. I mean just look at him. He's beautiful. He's my #1. Non-goalie squee is Boris Valabik.


Janney said...

Welcome, welcome! Indeed, what men can do, women can equally execute with additional excitement and sexiness. Thanks for sharing. By the way, being a great sports fan is rewarding too! Here's one from Premio Foods, the producer of delicious and quality sausage products in the U.S. They're giving away free buy one get one coupon whenever your favorite team wins. Be a Premio Facebook Fan and check out the details. Thanks and have a great day!

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Sunshine36616 said...

Thanks ladies! I'm happy to be here.

Nadine said...

Welcome to the crew!

Shan said...

Hah, yeah, I guess we Habs fans really do look down on you and your city. Good times.

Sunshine36616 said...

Yes and we resent you for you it, lol. See, it will be a good will experience for us.

Kerri said...

A tad bit late, however WELCOME ABOARD ;-). Hopefully things will shake up a little bit around here and you'll get to take part in whatever it is we do around here. ^_^

Z4Dfense said...

Welcome! Always glad to meet new female voices for the sport.