Hello! Winnipegger born-and-bred here- I grew up going to Jets games and quietly shed a tear when we lost them back in the mid-90s because I was in my early 20s at the time and involved in the particularly dour oppositional punk/hardcore scene where liking hockey wasn't allowed--- it was viewed as "the enemy". Ah, youth.
In the interim until the Jets came back to Winnipeg I moved to Vancouver and became a Canucks fan… now I can root for both, with the Habs as my safety if my first two choices get knocked out of the playoffs.
Thanks to the jocks, jerks and rowdies who riot at the drop of a hat and all the rest of that alpha male stuff, I understand why people are disdainful of sports but also get tired of people in whatever subculture dropping snark & snobbery bombs for simply loving the game- be it hockey, soccer, baseball...
One downside about living in Japan is that there aren't many hockey fans here and there is nowhere to watch the game on TV except for I think some satellite channel wayyyyy up in the upper hundreds. Last time I checked, it only plays Eastern conference games with teams I'm not that interested in at three in the morning on every third Thursday or somesuch… ( I might be exaggerating a wee bit)
I just keep on top of the highlights on the web and check in on the stats in the newspaper instead.