by Patrick Hoffman on 10/08/10 at 11:52 PM ET
Good friend of the blog Scotty from Scotty Hockey wrote a post earlier this week on how to plan a great hockey road trip:
So what goes into a hockey trip? With a little help from the well-traveled Tapeleg of the terrific blog Jerseys & Hockey Love and Seth Mates, a road-weary/wary buddy of mine, I’ll break it down into the misnamed five Ws: Who, What, Where, When, Why and How? Some are easier to answer so let’s knock those off first:
Cause you love hockey, duh. Everyone should make a hockey bucket list that includes things other than ‘see my team win the Stanley Cup,’ especially when it is pretty likely you won’t (sorry Canuck fans).
Many people make sure to include their favourite team. Steve Williamson pulled off 30 games in 30 nights and managed to include eight games with his Tampa Bay Lightning. But cheering on your team doesn’t necessarily have to happen. Sometimes it is easier to take in the scene when not blinded by your own fandom. As Tapeleg warns, “if you are at an NHL game wearing your teams colors, then you are in for various degrees of ribbing. Remember, you chose to wear your jersey. The degree to which you will be taunted will vary depending on where you are. Be prepared, and learn to laugh it off. Being confrontational will not help your cause.” If you do decide to see your team in an away setting, do your best to abide by A View From My Seats’ Road Trip Etiquette.
Click here for more great stuff from Scotty. Definitely worth the read!
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