My first "hockey memory" is my first times on skates at 4 years old. My dad loved to skate and loved to have me spend time with him, so he took me shopping and bought me figure skates. Hockey skates for girls weren't even a consideration in those days. He went to the skate sharpener and took the picks off. Then he got a hockey stick and cut it down to my size and put me on the ice. He skated a bit with me between his legs so I got a feel for the movement, but as he always bragged, that's all it took and I was skating. I remember spending years playing hockey on the rink in our back yard - the only girl in the group.
Second hockey memory - a few years ago we were invited to the in-laws for New Years Eve. The plan was to have dinner, then head over to the local rink for some family hockey. None of my husband's relatives knew how I skated, so when teams were chosen, no one chose me. When we got on the ice, however, my hubby and I were on the same team and he knew. We scored the first three goals. After that my nephews wanted a re-alignment of the teams and every time we got together to play, I was the first team member chosen.
NHL Memory #1 I was living on the Queen Charlotte Islands, but had plans to be in Vancouver during the same time that my neighbor's 12 year old son was going to be there. I asked him if he was going to the hockey game - Vancouver was playing Detroit at home. He said he was and I asked him if he wanted to go with me. He didn't really, but I promised if he wanted to catch up with me after the game, I might be able to pull off a little surprise for him. He agreed. After the game we went to the tunnel to wait for the players. Doug Lidster was playing for the Canucks at the time and when he came out I walked up and said hi to him. He had been my neighbor growing up and recognized me right away. He asked about my brother, what I was doing now, etc. Then he made a 12 year old's day. He signed a stick for Jimmy, signed his program, of course and invited him back into the locker room for a few minutes of one on one. It was a wonderful thing to do and one I will be grateful for forever. Jimmy's mom passed away a few years ago and I lost contact, but it is still one of the best memories ever. Oh, and Detroit won.
NHL #2 When the Flames first came to Calgary I happened to be there for a computer course. My cousin was living there at the time and asked what I wanted to do - of course I said go to a hockey game!! We went to one of the first Flames' home games in the Saddledome, but it was the fans themselves who made me a fan. They were so much fun and so supportive of their team, without booing the opposing team. I don't remember who was playing but I believe it was Edmonton. The Flames didn't win, but the cheering never stopped, not once. After years of being a fan of my dad's teams, I had a team of my own!!