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I feel super freaking lucky to have an AHL team so nearby. Went to see the Texas Stars host the Houston Aeros tonight and had a really really ridiculously good time, even though the Stars lost. Damn you Mikael Granlund! *shakes tiny fist* The kid had 2G & 2A tonight (to go with his 2A against the Stars last night in Houston) and looked dangerous every time he was on the ice. Which is super promising for the Wild, if the #$*%$&^ NHL season ever starts, but between him and Nick Palmieri (rocking the mountain man look) and Scandella (who I really like! just... not when they're playing the Stars!), among others, the Stars just didn't seem to have the skill level to catch the Aeros. They had some bad luck, too, and definitely spent too much tie in the penalty box, but the chemistry overall just felt kind of off for the Stars tonight. Alas. Though the Eakin line got a couple of goals, including one very nice passing play w/ Dillon on the PK in the 3rd period, so it wasn't all bad.

But oh, just watching hockey again made me so happy. I've missed it so much. And we got seats in row D, close enough to the glass that every time a puck or body hit it, it elicited an almost visceral reaction, and close enough to the ice that it felt like the players could actually hear us shouting. Our section was pretty loud and into it, too, which was pleasing. Even the lone loud guy at the end of our row who was cheering for the Aeros was entertaining.

I'm seeing them again tomorrow (there was a Living Social deal, so tickets were cheap!), maybe they'll have better luck against the bb Avs (Lake Erie Monsters).

Sidenote: I might be shipping Brett Bulmer and Brenden Dillon just a little bit. They had an extended taunting session across center ice in the 2nd period, as the game got progressively chippier (more chippy?). Bulmer cocked his head to the side and had this little smirk on his face, and just kept talking, looking right at Dillon the whole time. It was... intriguing. Because what I really needed was yet another obscure prospect ship. I was already having a lot of thoughts about Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones because of the extensive article about them in The Hockey News, and I am hoping that more evidence of Jamie Oleksiak and Jack Campbell's bromance will surface now that they're both rookies with the Texas Stars this year. And there's always Nick Bjugstad & Kyle Rau tearing it up for the Gophers again at the U of M. Minnesota boys! ♥

... I've lived in too many places and like too many teams. It gets confusing. I'll always be a Minnesota girl at heart, and the Blackhawks will always been my first hockey love, but I have to say that I can't be sad that I accidentally Stockholmed myself into following the Stars. It almost makes me feel like a normal sports fan. Novel!

And now back to staring at the Yuletide tagset and trying to figure out what I'm going to request and offer. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Two of my requests are set, but the other two... I just don't know. (Also I promise I have not forgotten about [livejournal.com profile] sixteenwins! /o\ Hopefully actually getting to watch hockey again, despite the lockout (GRRRRRRRRR), will inspire me!)
location: Round the Bend
Mood:: 'high' high
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posted by [identity profile] misspamela.livejournal.com at 12:51pm on 21/10/2012
Oh, we are loving our local AHL team. It's so great to be able to see cheap, live hockey! (Because Bruins tickets? Totally unaffordable.)
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posted by [personal profile] athenejen at 09:30am on 23/10/2012
It really is, isn't it? :D (I can imagine. The first hockey game I ever went to was actually a Bruins game, but we were wayyyyy up in the cheapest seats, and they still weren't actually cheap, and it was years before this last Cup win for them. I would think they're even pricier now.)
 
posted by [identity profile] misspamela.livejournal.com at 09:49am on 23/10/2012
Yeah, in the spring the cheap seats were about $200/pop. The better ones were about $350.
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posted by [personal profile] athenejen at 10:13am on 23/10/2012
... Yeesh. That's even worse than I would've guessed.
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posted by [identity profile] puckling.livejournal.com at 05:18pm on 21/10/2012
That sounds like so much fun! Your seats sound fantastic and I'm glad the crowd was into it!

Because what I really needed was yet another obscure prospect ship. I was already having a lot of thoughts about Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones because of the extensive article about them in The Hockey News, and I am hoping that more evidence of Jamie Oleksiak and Jack Campbell's bromance will surface now that they're both rookies with the Texas Stars this year.

*grabby hands* I totally want to hear about Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones, provided both parties are over the age of 18 because otherwise I just have to plug my ears and go alallllala I CAN'T HEAR YOU.
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posted by [personal profile] athenejen at 09:57am on 23/10/2012
It was a really, really good time. Oh, I'd missed hockey so much.

... Seth Jones is totally over 18 and has been for nearly three weeks now? /o\ And Nathan MacKinnon's less than a year younger than him? /o\ /o\ /o\

They're the current consensus #s 1 & 2 for the Draft next year, though it's a toss-up who will actually go first. MacKinnon's a nice Canadian kid who's from Crosby's hometown and is currently playing for the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL; Jones is a nice American kid who was born in Texas while his NBA-player dad, Popeye Jones was playing for the Dallas Mavericks, and then fell in love with hockey in Denver, as his dad had a stint with the Denver Nuggets just as the Avs were doing that whole winning the Cup thing. He currently plays for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. They have the same agent, Pat Brisson of the Creative Artists Agency, and met two years ago at the prospects camp CAA has in LA each summer, and apparently really hit it off and became friends. This year at the camp in July they were roommates (and workout buddies -- the THN article reports that they were nearly inseparable for the week, and also that they have similar taste in music, as they both really like both country and hip hop) and earlier in the summer they hung out at the Draft in Pittsburgh, because their agent took both of them so they could get a feel for what it might be like next year. A quote from Jones: "We just hit it off. Personality-wise, it just works."
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posted by [identity profile] puckling.livejournal.com at 03:35am on 26/10/2012
... Seth Jones is totally over 18 and has been for nearly three weeks now? /o\ And Nathan MacKinnon's less than a year younger than him? /o\ /o\ /o\

Oh god I can't. I'm so sorry, but I can't, they're not even fetuses, they're zygotes, /o\ MAYBE TELL ME ABOUT THEM NEXT YEAR WHEN THEY'VE HAD A BIT TO COOK AND GET FULLY DONE?
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posted by [personal profile] athenejen at 07:11am on 26/10/2012
*laugh* That is totally understandable. I think I read so much YA that I sort of just glide over the age thing from a storytelling perspective, or something like that.
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posted by [personal profile] athenejen at 10:07am on 23/10/2012
It's so true, nothing really compares to seeing (and hearing!) hockey live. I enjoy watching it on television, too, but to really get someone into the game, I feel like taking them to a live game is definitely the way to go.

HEEEE, I see from a quick glance at your journal you're a UND fan. My affection for Toews gives you props for that, but the U of M taught me nearly all the math I know back when I was a kid growing up in the Twin Cities, so my college puck allegiance belongs to them forever, I'm afraid. Unless my undergrad institution somehow gets a hockey team at some point, but I really, really doubt that'll ever happen, so U of M it is!

I do think it's awesome that they both got drafted by the same team. I might have to start following the Panthers more if they actually end up playing in Florida together.

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