Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/11/11 at 04:49 PM ET
from Carter Nacke of Arizona Sports,
Coyotes fans are a tight-knit community and rightfully so. First off, there are not a lot of us, so we have to stick together, especially in a city where at least half of the population would like to see the team moved to another city. Hockey is a sport that encourages fan interaction - for better or for worse - so you meet people at games, you talk. I’ve seen season ticket holders greet each other as old friends, which they most likely have become after sitting next to each other for years.
But there is a problem with this closeness. It’s a tough group to get into. For a fringe fan, the seasoned hockey fan can be an intimidating and condescending obstacle to learning to enjoy a game. Think about it. How many times have you rolled your eyes or kept silent when a nearby person asks, what we would consider, a dumb question? Admit it. I’ve done it, so you’re not alone. That person will likely never be seen by you again and, after all, you came to the game to escape for a bit, not educate some poor schmuck on the intricacies of hockey. It’s time to change that thinking.
I think the Coyotes have some of the friendliest fans around and it’s time for us to get out there. We need to focus on welcoming new fans and helping them learn the game.
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