I've been a Montreal Canadiens fan ever since I was a teenager (apologies to my grandfather, the person I first watched games with and a rabid Leafs fan.)
My husband and I even planned our honeymoon trip through the States after consulting the hockey schedule. We arranged to be in LA when Montreal was visiting the Kings. That was in pre-Gretzky days and it was a snap to get a good seat at the last minute. That game was decades ago but I still remember the final score-a 3-3 tie.
Not everyone is a hockey nut but most people pick teams in one sport or another to identify with. Professional sports can be so polarizing as we follow "our" team. Why do we invest so much emotion into spectator sports? I've wondered if it's our mind's way of getting rid of all the angst we carry around. A sports arena is an acceptable venue in which to yell, cheer, groan and exult. Maybe this vicarious emoting frees us to accept real life in a more complaisant manner. It also gives us an outlet to failure. Our teams won't always win. We moan and groan about the loss for a while and then go back to our real life because in the long run, the failure doesn't affect us personally. Our self-esteem is unbruised.
Whatever the reason, I'll be following my Habs to the bitter end, hopefully to the final game holding the Stanley Cup aloft.