As with any sport, hockey is not just another hobby you spend a few bucks on to look cool in a jersey, get behind the glass closer to where gladiators skate on ice, and scream your lungs out with your tipsy friends while cradling beer in your taste buds.
Hockey is like a family with all kinds of drama, rivalry and weird relatives you didn’t pick from a hat but sort of got thrown in the same arena with. It’s a helluva culture where fans can be more superstitious than a wary grandmother from the Victorian era.
Look at it this way. Granny may not think twice about pouring her godawful nightcap in the Stanley cup, but hardcore fans like us will cringe and look away even if it’s the last thing we’d do on this good green Earth.
But you already know that, you say, because you’re only the best hockey fan in the world.
Well, fair enough.
Why don’t you prove it? Try to check a few items off this fan list, and see if you can really call yourself a true fan like those who’d “been there, done that.” And let’s not start with you just owning a Sidney Crosby jersey, aight?
If you said YES to all of these “true fan codes,” you can have the rest of your goodies and crazies. They’re yours to keep, buddy, courtesy of us true fans and the guardians of hockey.