The hockey season is almost over. Yeah, there’re still a few more games to be played, and yeah, they’re big, important games, but the last of my personal interest pretty much died with the Sabres, and very, very soon there will be no more hockey to be seen, interesting or otherwise. What a terrifying prospect. So, like all hockey bloggers, I’ve been wondering: what do I do with myself, when there’s no more real-life hockey to think about?
Fortunately, this is yet another instance when my ignorance will serve me well. I’ve decided that it’s time for me to finally learn about hockey history. It seems there was hockey played in the world before October 14th, 2006, and I don’t know hardly anything about it, tabula rasa. What better way to assuage my off-season hockey longing than by trying to fill in some of that vast blank space?
My vague plan is to spend the summer blogging hockey history, writing about the things I learn and/or the process of learning them (interspersed, of course, with the Habsy bits). It’ll be useful for me, since I’ll go into next season better informed, and maybe it will be somewhat interesting for some others out there, insofar as it’ll be something hockey-related to read about when there’s not much else going on. But mainly, it’s just because I’ve recently realized that if I don’t blog at least semi-regularly, I get the most terrible withdrawal headaches. I’d rather feed the addiction than go into months-long detox.
So I’ve got a request for whatever straggling readers are still coming by this blog: recommendations. What should I know about hockey that I don’t, and how should I learn it? What books, movies, particular games/series, fights, websites, video games, television shows, gummy candies, interpretive dance recitals, etc. developed your hockey-knowledge? As I said, my primary interest is history, but I’m open to wider topics: strategy, business, culture, whatever. I’m not asking for a comprehensive list- I know there are there are resources beyond number out there, but I'm really, really lazy, and I'm not aspiring to perfect knowledge. So not everything, just some of the things that have interested you or mattered to you most- whatever taught you something about hockey you wouldn’t have otherwise known, or showed you some facet of the sport in a new way.
Khayli mamnun, in advance.
She was called
- Neil Gaiman, “A Study in Emerald”
Somewhat belated. Hope everybody who could took full advantage of the opportunity to sleep until noon.