List how/when you started following the team and some of your favorite memories from the time you came on board...
I grew up in rural Washington County. Cable TV was not available there and satellite dishes were still 4 or 5 feet wide and super expensive. I had no idea what hockey even was, until...
I do not recall the exact game, but part way through the 1990-91 season, there was a regular season game against on KDKA-TV2, I think against the North Stars oddly enough. I didn't really understand exactly what I was watching, but I kept it on and thought it was pretty cool. There were a bunch of other kids and a few teachers at my high school that were really into it.
I continued to follow along as best I could (remember, I had broadcast TV and internet access was not well established, if at all then) and as we all know, they won the first Cup the following spring. That cemented my interest and watched every game I could next year and listened to radio when I could not watch.
I saw my first live game in 92-93 against the Red Wings (they lost). I was not in a position to get to live games much until 96-97 and became a season ticket holder in either 1999 or 2000 (it's a blur to me at this point).
I have been lucky enough to be in the arena for some reallt great things: Jagr scoring against the Flyers from his stomach, Ron Francis' 1000th assist, seeing 66 raised to the roof, and being there to see it come down again. I was there to see that puck drop out of the sky at Mario's feet almost as if it was intentionally placed there for him to put in. I was at another Sabres game when he scored directly off a faceoff. I saw Morozov score on his first shot, first shift. I saw Fleury play out of his mind in his rookie debut against LA. I was there for Crosby's debut this year.
And of course, I have been at approximately a week of training camp or more every year it's been held since 99 and "reporting" on what I see because you people seem to have an interest in reading about it. You sick freaks!
Hockey is a huge part of my life now. I met my wife through this board and the first time I ever saw her was at Mellon Arena.
I never played any sports in school, but after getting into hockey, I taught myself to skate (maybe that's why I'm not that good - bad teacher!) on inlines so I could play in some inline hockey leagues and I eventually moved on to ice hockey and I'm playing at least once a week now.
I'm Eric and I love hockey. 8)