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hello there! i’m so glad you’re here.

i’m elle, and i’m a huge pittsburgh penguins fan. i’m assuming you’re a fan too, otherwise how else would you have found me?

i grew up in a sports family, both watching and playing. i’ve been a fan of good teams, and of bad teams, and of unmemorably mediocre teams, my entire life. i found hockey on my own, though, when i was already an adult, which is why i went so far astray from my hometown teams. all it took was tuning into the stanley cup finals out of boredom in 2009, wanting to know exactly what the fuss about this sidney crosby character was when he won, and looking him up—i was hooked.

it’s been a learning experience. i had no idea going into my brand new team just what opinions about sidney crosby were at the time. i had no idea what hockey fans at large were like.

i’ve always been a fairly traditional sports fan—you pick a team, or have one picked for you by your parents, and you follow that team, and you support whoever’s on it, and once someone leaves they’re dead to you. things went a little differently with hockey, though.

i think hockey, more than a lot of the other major sports, has a lot of newer fans who are drawn in by personality, not proximity. and there’s the potential for more, because the game is legitimately, properly fun and exciting to watch, and if people get interested because of the people involved, it’s not hard to get them to stick with it for the love of the game.

the problem, of course, is that new fans venturing out to try and learn more about the game are gonna get slammed in the face with a ton of advanced stats and reply guys on twitter who act like if you can’t recite back a goalie’s save percentage for his last five seasons you’re not a real fan. 

the thing is, you don’t need to prove that you’re a ‘real’ fan of a team. or, you shouldn’t. and there should be somewhere you can go to learn about a team, and about the game as a whole, without feeling like there’s just too much to take in and it’s not worth trying. and that’s what i’m trying to do!

please feel free to reach out to me either via email or via the contact form if you have any questions or suggestions—or hey, if you’ve got some inside knowledge you’d like to share, that’s always welcome, too!

thanks for stopping by, and i hope you enjoy :)


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