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No longer a hockey victim

Posted on: June 25, 2011 7:25 am

I have been in mourning the last few months over the Thrashers, I will admit to crying a
little. Once TNS started drafting players as the Winnipeg Jets, it finally hit
home. It is over. I love the game of hockey more than I love any particular team,
so I am moving on. The Atlanta Thrashers were my favorite team AND they will
always hold a place in my heart. For several years the second team that I
follow has been the St. Louis Blues. I look forward to watching hockey next
season (It might be the only professional sport to watch after baseball ends)
and rooting for the St. Louis Blues. I hope to bring the passion I had for the
Thrashers to the Blues. I know a lot of Thrasher fans have had to make
decisions about where to put their allegiance for next year. I love hockey too
much to let Bettman and Atlanta spirit drive me away.  

Category: NHL

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 1:10 pm

No longer a hockey victim

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 9:11 am

No longer a hockey victim

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Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: August 13, 2011 7:11 am

No longer a hockey victim

I remember passing through the Atlanta airport the Summer of 98 or 99 and purchasing my shiny new golden Atlanta Thrashers T-shirt at one of the shops as I made my way to the gate. Back then it seemed I became a fan (albeit vicariously when you live in a small or non-existant sports town like I do here in Richmond, VA) of every new NHL and NFL team coming into their perspective leagues. Yes, perhaps a bit much but where as the Thrashers were concerned it was the same. I followed your team through the years and wished for more success that never much materialized. In todays world that's when "they" begin to talk of it as a business and forget the heart and soul we have put into our beloved team. Well just as that T-shirt began to wear so seemed the teams welcome in Atlanta and I felt for you.

Our beloved Richmond Renegades of the ECHL folded at the end of 2003 and I've never gotten over it. The people you meet and spend time with at the games become family. You watch their kids grow up. So I know how you felt the day the rug was finally pulled and no knight was going to come in and save your fare city the way our team slid into its Wikipedia page and became a footnote. It just hurts. When the Winnipeg Jets started drafting players they may has well been going to play on the moon. They are now a Canadian team and hated. The topper came when the Capitals traded away one of my favorite players in Eric Fehr and their fate with me was forever sealed.

Good luck to your Blues and may they have a great year so that your blues are diluted.

Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: June 26, 2011 1:34 pm

No longer a hockey victim

I feel for you. I have been a big fan of several franchises that have moved or folded (or have never really been good). I tried to keep my interest in the Montreal Expos, Vancouver Grizzlies, and Seattle (Super)Sonics when they moved but, really, it was never the same and, thus, I don't really follow MLB or the NBA anymore. I try to but just can't... not that it is easy suffering with the Seattle/"Settle" Seahawks or Vancouver Canucks/"Can-nots" (so close!), either. Good luck following your new team the St. Louis Blues.

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