Note: This post is part 1 of a two-part series of posts that's perfect for hockey fans... and those who are just looking for some good recommendations, too! Go sports!
As pivotal Game 4 of the Stanley Cup hits your television sets, familiar faces who are avidly following the coolest game on ice answer questions about their favorite teams, and give some book recommendations.
Pittsburgh Penguins (last year’s cup winner) vs Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Rangers vs Montreal Canadiens
Edmonton Oilers vs (last year’s runner up) San Jose Sharks
Why do you like this team?
Katie Kenyhercz, author:
Growing up in Northeast Ohio, the Pittsburgh Penguins were the closest to me at just over an hour away when the Blue Jackets were 3 hours away. This meant the Pens were on local TV, and I started watching around the time Sidney Crosby came on the scene. I was instantly amazed and in love! His skill on the ice is matched by his kindness and politeness off. He's a great leader with an impressive eye for the game, and he never fails to wow me. We've been able to keep the core of our team together for over a decade, and they really feel like family to me. The guys we've added have only made us better, and I love knowing my team will be formidable for a long time.
RJ Scott, author:
I am a hockey newbie, I’m just coming up to my first anniversary of being a Pens fan. I would love to say I chose that team to support because of statistics, or analysis, but I have to admit I was incredibly shallow. I visited a page called the twenty hottest NHL players and fell for Sidney Crosby. Then I saw one particular moment when he did this complicated stop, change direction, shoot, score, goal and I was lost! They went on to win the cup which I had no idea what that was until I found myself staying up until all hours watching the games.
Melody Gatto, author:
I love my Pittsburgh Penguins because they are my hometown team. They have heart and desire, it's been fun watching them grow as a team. I grew up watching them in the early 90's and have been hooked ever since. I've had the chance to meet a lot of the players and they are all down to Earth and friendly guys. On the ice they seem untouchable, but up close and personal, they are just regular guys.