How I Became a Fan

My name is John and I have been a hockey fan since 1992. My love for hockey started when I saw the movie "The Mighty Ducks" and started playing street hockey. In 1993 Las Vegas was awarded an expansion team in the IHL(International Hockey League) who called themselves the Las Vegas Thunder. After going to several games and learning how much more fun hockey is like watching live them on TV. In 1995 I found my NHL team who at the time where playing in the Stanley Cup Finals, The New Jersey Devils. I was born in New Jersey but grew up in Las Vegas.

When the Las Vegas Thunder folded in 1999, I was left without a team to watch locally. The New Jersey Devils won a second Stanley Cup shortly after that. In 2003 Las Vegas was awarded ab ECHL(East Coast Hockey League) franchise called the Las Vegas Wranglers. In the 2007-08 season they succeeded where the Thunder had not and where playing for a title(Kelly Cup). They lost but the ride was incredible to be a part of. They made the finals again in 2012 and lost again.They ceased operations in 2014 due to no longer having a place to play.

It was after this that I started following college hockey. Michigan was my favorite team but since them I have started to like several more. Olympic hockey got me hooked on women's hockey and I started following it. Not big at first but payed attention to some of the top programs. It was also around this time that I discovered the CWHL(Canadians Women's Hockey League). The Boston Blades where the first team that I followed outside of hockey. IT was also around this time that i started following Brianne McLaughlin. When she signed a contract with the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL(National Women's Hockey League) that I really started following women's hockey. I follow the twitter accounts of several college women's teams along with several of the pro teams including the Minnesota Whitecaps.

With Las Vegas getting an NHL team I am hoping that women's hockey can make a footprint on the city and that UNLV eventually gets a women's hockey program.