With just twenty-nine days remaining until the opening day of the 2012-2013 NHL season, the reality of yet another lockout has become more and more evident. Here at A Cup A Bruin, we have composed a list of things for you to do in the days/months that we may be without the men that we cheer for in the Black and Gold. As much as we would like to tell you blasting Zombie Nation would help, it’s a little more complex than that. With any luck at the end of this list we will all be ready to endure hibernation of the hockey season without going completely insane.
First things first: Get acquainted with your farm team.
Of course we all know about the American Hockey League farm team the Providence Bruins. This is the place where guys like Jordan Caron, Lane MacDermid and Max Suave first started making waves and getting themselves known. It wouldn’t hurt to brush up on some of your baby Bruins, as you might be focusing a lot of your time on them instead of the Big B’s. There’s also the ECHL (Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League) affiliate to Boston, the Reading Royals to take into consideration as well.
For those of you that are interested in the future of the Boston Bruins, look no further, you can find glimpses of who will be making their way up through the system throughout the upcoming years (hopefully.)
Secondly: Wear your jerseys with pride.
It doesn’t even have to be a Bruins jersey, wear any jersey that you have! At any point in time when you start feeling down and really miss seeing the Black and Gold sweaters skate up and down the ice, slip your jersey on and wear it with pride. Run around your house or workplace like the team just won the Cup again. Bring your jersey to life. By doing this you will make other people smile, making their day brighter and make yourself feel better too.
What’s that? You don’t have a jersey to wear? No problem, throw on a t-shirt. There is no harm in wearing the spoked-B on a tee. In fact, we challenge you to see how many different variations of the shirt you can find. Think of it as busy work, to keep your mind off of the lack of Bruin brutality on your television screen. So point number three, keep yourself busy.
It doesn’t matter if the name and number on the back is past or present, you are still representing the Black and Gold. Hell, if you look really close at the picture above, you can even see a shirt from Aruba. Yes, that is correct, Aruba has Boston Bruins fans as well. See, collecting t-shirts can be fun and you will be surprised at where you can find them.
If collecting t-shirts isn’t really your thing, perhaps consider watching the Stanley Cup Commemorative DVD. Watching team-based DVDs allows you to get your hockey fix and re-live some of the greatest moments in history. If the commemorative disc doesn’t work for you, go to YouTube, type in Lucic runs over Miller or Shawn Thornton penalty shot and then try telling us you don’t have a goofy grin on your face. It doesn’t matter what team you are a fan of, there are videos and DVDs out there to help you get through these tough times.
And, if team-based videos aren’t enough for you, thankfully there is a butt load of hockey movies that should tickle your fancy. Luckily there is a wide variety of material to watch. The videos range from the classic Mighty Ducks trilogy to the heroic tale of the USA Gold Medal team in Miracle. Below is a list of movies you may or may not have seen or be interested in(in no particular order):
- Slapshot 1,2,3
- Mighty Ducks 1, 2, 3
- Waking Up Wally
- Hockey Mom
- In the Crease (documentary featuring Brian Rolston,Joe Thornton)
- Mystery Alaska
- MVP(Most Valuable Primate)
Yes, we even threw in the little kid movie involving the monkey. There is nothing wrong with a little laugh here and there about the ‘stupidity’ of a movie.
Not a movie buff, no problem. Try playing video games as your favorite team, to get by.
While the 2012 NHL Awards showed us that Cluade Giroux beat out every other player for the cover of NHL 13, Google Images has provided us with this beautiful little gem:
All you have to do is simply right click on the image and select ‘print.’ Then slip the photo over the face of Claude Giroux and voila! You have superstar Tyler Seguin on the cover. Of course we don’t expect the changing face of a cover to be what gets you out of your dark place for missing the season, so we suggest you actually pop the disc in the game console and play. Being involved in your teams wins and losses will make it seem like you are right at the TD Garden and get your temperature rising just the same.
For those of you that have a Wii console instead of an Xbox or Playstation 3, there’s a game for you as well. Perhaps you have heard of NHL Slapshot. Here you can choose to be a professional player and play as them from the peewee league all the way to pro, earning experience and equipment boosts. You can’t tell me you wouldn’t be excited to see this on your screen:
Alright, so you don’t have movies and you’re not big in to gaming. We still have a solution for you. Hockey books. That’s right. There is nothing wrong with sitting down for a couple hours and reading a good book, especially when that book is about hockey. Most people think that hockey related stories are hard to find, but you simply have to know where to look and what to look for. For instance Amazon.com is notorious for great book deals in the hockey section and will show you an entire list of “like” items. The stories range from steamy romance novels to autobiographies of teams and players alike.
You can even use the off-time to help better your knowledge of the sport by quizzing yourself. There are a number of trivia books and phone apps that can help you accomplish this. For instance, this:
There are apps such as NHL Stars, and John’s Hockey Quiz that can be found in the Android Market. There are even a few “air hockey” games that are available.
The key to remaining happy at such a critical time is really surrounding yourself in things that make you feel just as happy as when you are watching the Bruins play. So, why not surround yourself in silly pictures and fun memories of seasons past? Re-decorate and create a mural on your wall showcasing your favorite team and players, then it’s like you never left the rink.
With all of these options within reach, you should have no trouble making it through this dark and difficult time in your life and should be able to make it through until the eventual start of the NHL season.