I love listening to Wojo talk.
Which is good, because he likes to talk….but I especially enjoy hearing him tell stories about many of the earlier days of the organization. Stories that I know next to nothing about due to my relative newness to the region.
So with that in my mind, I wanted to ask all of our friends at the Roundtable how far back you go with the team. What was it that sparked your interest? Who were some of your early favorite players? And what keeps you coming back season after season?
My story: I grew up in Maryland as a Washington Capitals fan, and came to college out here in Milwaukee starting in the fall of 97. I attended my first Admirals games that season, and recognized some of the names right away, as they had been in the Caps organization in the not too distant past. Ken Sabourin, Jeff Nelson, and Martin Gendron made it easy for me to jump on the bandwagon right away. Al Sims was the coach. And as a poor college kid, it was easy to afford tickets….at the time, I think it was the last two rows of the upper deck that were just $5. I’d come to games with friends, and sometimes I’d come by myself and just move to various seats over the course of the game (I did more of the latter, to be quite honest).
The night before an 8am final exam, I convinced myself that it’d be okay to go to a playoff hockey game. “I’ll study during the intermissions,” was my reasoning. Uh-huh. Sure. That didn’t happen. Game went to double or triple overtime too…I don’t remember which. As for the exam…there weren’t any flying colors, but I passed. That night was the first all-nighter of my college career, thanks to my superior time management skills…. But looking back on it, no regrets. It was a hell of a game.
So that’s how it started for me. I go back 14 years. I’m sure many of you have me beat. I encourage you to share some of your stories and favorite memories, as we pass some time this week waiting on the schedule.