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Ducks Fans Take in Game 4 in Nashville

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

NASHVILLE – Ducks fans near and far were in attendance for Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round series at Bridgestone Arena. Below are their stories and accompanying photos.

Andrew and Steve Smejkal
A native of Montgomery, Alabama, tonight marks Andrew’s first-ever playoff game. He attended his first Ducks game in Atlanta in 2003 when they took on the Atlanta Thrashers. His favorite players at the time were Sergei Fedorov, J.S. Giguere and Paul Kariya.

Steve grew up a Chicago Blackhawks fan, but now roots for the Ducks. He and Andrew drove four hours from Montgomery to be here tonight, and they’ll make the drive back home after the game.

Nancy Nowak and John Watson
Orange County natives, Nancy (Huntington Beach) and John (Costa Mesa) now call Columbus, Ohio home. They say it’s their tradition to travel wherever the Ducks go in the playoffs. They have children in the Bay Area, so if the Ducks and Sharks make it to the second round, they’ll likely take in a game or two at SAP Center in San Jose.

Robert and Raoul Ramos
Originally from Rancho Santa Margarita, Robert and Raoul were season-ticket holders when they still lived in Orange County. Now residing in Nashville, they attend Ducks game at Bridgestone Arena whenever the team comes to town.

David Lane
A fan for more than 22 years, David first started following the team because his former coach was a Ducks fan. David now plays roller hockey in West Tennessee.

Joel and Leatte Wigley (with David Lane)
Joel and Leatte made the three-hour trek from Calhoun, Georgia to be in attendance tonight. Joel became a hockey fan in 1993, and just so happened to choose the Ducks.

Lance Family
They made the three-hour drive from their native Kentucky. They say the Mighty Ducks cartoon series started their fandom with the hockey club. Amy, who’s wearing the Mighty Ducks jersey, turns 20 years of age tomorrow.

Chris and Jen Duben
These two are season-tickets holders (section 238, to be exact). They flew in from Orange County just for the game tonight.

Madison grew up in Orange County before moving here last year with her family. Her dad (now a Preds fan) got her into the Ducks at a young age. As former season ticket holders, she attended countless games and has signed sticks and pucks from various charity events.

Randy and Casey
Randy and Casey are originally from Southern California, but recently moved to Kentucky. Both grew up Ducks fans and couldn't miss this game. It's the first time seeing them on the road.

Ryan is a college student and Maryland native, who flew to Nashville this morning. Growing up, his neighbors were from Maine and huge fans of Paul Kariya. Their connection to a Ducks legend made him cheer for the Ducks. He's traveled to California for a few games as well.

The Simrak Family
The Simrak Family traveled to The Music City from Costa Mesa for Games 3 and 4. These are their first road playoff games.

Caty Dirksen

Caty lives in Franklin (20 minutes south of Nashville), and got into the Ducks because of her dad. Currently a student, she drove two hours to see Game 4, and usually catches the team whenever they're in town.

Lexi and David
Lexi and David are from Georgia, and drove four hours to see their first Ducks playoff game. It's also the first game for David, who admittedly likes both the Washington Capitals and Ducks.

Matt originally grew up in Newport Beach, and now lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This is his third trip to see the Ducks play in Nashville.

Fawn Longridge and Alexandria Hernandez
Fawn and Alexandria have an interesting connection - the former is a fourth-grade teacher, and the latter is one of her former students. Both are visiting from California for the game. Like a true hockey player, Fawn is battling through a torn ACL and meniscus, but couldn't wait to see her Ducks in action.

Mike moved from California to Oklahoma for hockey, eventually settling in Nashville. His love for the Ducks moved with him.

Tiffany Chiasson (not pictured)
Tiffany is originally from Anchorage, Alaska, but made the nine-hour drive from Thibodaux, Louisiana to be here. This is her first Ducks game at Bridgestone Arena.
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