Archive for April, 2016

January 13, 1978: My father, a life-long New York Rangers fan, takes me to my first hockey game at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD. It was the Washington Capitals’ fourth season, and the game was a 2-2 tie against the Minnesota North Stars. I was fascinated by the concept of a tie and using points to determine standings. I also converted from being a Rangers fan by default to rooting for my hometown Capitals, which is something I’ve done ever since (and should have done in the first place).

It was either this faded trainwreck or my teal jersey I wore to game 3 of the 1997-98 Stanley Cup finals.

I’ve been pissed off more times than I can count by both the franchise (pick your playoff meltdown), and the league in general (e.g., their disgusting treatment of John Scott— yes, I’m aware that it worked out in the end due to fan pressure), but I’m going to game 2 tonight. I’ll be wearing my Caps jersey from the late 80s. No, the #19 is not for Backstrom. It’s for John Druce, our playoff hero, who got us into our first conference finals. I’m not a fair-weather fan brought to the team when we drafted Ovechkin.

But I do like Backstrom.


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