By Mary Miller Cullins
This Saturday, after an excruciating four month National Hockey League lockout, the St. Louis Blues players are ready for action. And so are the FANS!! This past Friday an estimated 5,500 hockey fans showed up just to watch their team skate. They cheered. They high-fived. They talked hockey talk. Their long lost buddies were back on the ice. I used to sell a program for a friend of mine called The Game Night Revue, (real hockey news for real hockey fans). Our first season was delayed by a lockout. We couldn’t hit the corners surrounding the Scottrade Center (then known as Savvis) with our hockey program til mid-January. And boy was it cold for our big debut. Cold and windy! That was 1995.
Fast forward eighteen years. It looks like Saturday will be similar to that first Game Night Revue night. Cold, windy, and HOCKEY!! Hockey fans are in “an arena” of their own. Many of them sleep, drink, and eat statistics. Just like my friend, Jeffio, the paper’s creator and editor. Along with the rest of us vendors he would stand outside near 14th & Clark in sub-zero temps for the love of hockey. Hockey fans are just tough that way. Hockey fans support hockey players, and this lockout will prove that. Saturday night at the Scottrade Center, in a sea of blue, fist-pumping, hip checking, loud mouthed puck-heads will arrive.
Saturday will be the second 48-game season in league history. Sure, the wait was long, but one thing we fans have when it comes to playing or not playing: we’ll wait. Some hockey is just better than NO hockey. So, as a new season begins, let me say to you hockey fans: LET’S GO BLUES, LET’S GO BLUES, LET’S GO BLUES!!!!!!
Or as a true hockey fan, is it more appropriate to yell: RED WINGS SUCK, RED WINGS SUCK, RED WINGS SUCK!!!