When you meet the girl of your dreams, your thoughts turn to a lifetime together. You start thinking about spending your time with the one you love. When you meet the girl before a hockey game, you know you have hit the lottery.
The wedding gets planned. You spend time picking out the flowers, the band or dj. Do we serve steak or chicken? What about the vegetarians? Things such as seating charts take up all your spare time. And you have hockey games to attend. And, most importantly, where do we honeymoon? Hawaii, Niagara Falls, Napa wine country. No, you met this girl at a hockey game. You do what any hockey loving couple would do. You follow your team for a western hockey road trip.
Roger and Erin Birden attending the Coyotes game vs. their beloved Nashville Predators on Monday night. My family saw this Predator couple, he in a Weber jersey, she in a home jersey. Their first words to us were to tell us what a great arena we have. After exchanging more pleasantries, they told us about their honeymoon plans. They are following the Preds. Starting in Phoenix, they watched the Preds blow a 2 goal lead in the 3rd period only to win it in a shootout. They were able to see some of the players in the team hotel after the pregame skate. During the game on Monday night, the Nashville tv crew picked them as fans of the game. All their friends and family back home got to see them enjoying Jobing.com.
Next, they flew out to enjoy some time in San Jose prior to the Thursday night game where they are sitting next to the tunnel. If you know anyone in San Jose, get them a stick. Even a broken one, probably easier to get on the plane. From there, it is off to LA on Saturday, then a quick trip to the Honda Center to see their Preds stomp the Ducks.That is fandome taken to a whole new level. Roger and Erin are extremely knowledgable about hockey and how to grow it in a non-traditional market. Cameras were active in the pregame skate as they were able to watch the team warm up from their 2nd row seats. Hal Gill even game them a bump on the glass.
They both said Nashville went through what Phoenix is going through. The players are very active in the community, tickets affordable, and the team is winning. Winning, with ownership who knows hockey, solves everything. Games have become the place to be. And Erin and Roger are there for the fun and the winning hockey.
Now that the Predators took out the hated Red Wings in round 1 of the playoffs, they get to come and take on the Pacific Division winning Phoenix Coyotes. It will be a tough series played by two franchises that are mirror images. And we have two great fans to root for, no matter the results.
We here at Howlin’ Hockey wish them nothing but the best. Roger, you have a great wife who is beautiful. You certainly outkicked your coverage. Erin, any man who allows you to get that close to Mike Fisher while on your honeymoon is a confident man and a keeper. The flatcoated retrievers you rescue have hit the lottery with parents like you two. I’d make a pun about getting some good pucking in, but that is too easy.