Joy Kramer has been a Panther season ticket holder for five seasons. A single parent and resident of Parkland, she moved here from Atlanta, Ga. 25 years ago. Kramer has two boys that play hockey at Incredible Ice. She coaches one of her boys and also plays for the Palm Beach Predators women’s ice hockey team (formerly the Florida Beaches). Joy started skating and playing hockey at age 42. Joy is also a land acquisition project manager.
Kramer, who describes herself as a “die-hard fan,’ is a loyal fan who appreciates the spirit and talent involved with playing the sport. She will be blogging during the upcoming season. 10.08.07, 3:01 P.M. :::: Home Opener
The (home opener) was exciting. I was very excited for the start of the season. It was a lot of fun, although it took me forever to get my food. I missed nearly the whole second period because I was standing in line (at AvMed Club). The servers are always pleasant, but I don’t know why I had to wait so long. You would think all of this would have been preplanned and the attendance would have been a factor in service efforts.
As for the game, sadly enough, it looked a little familiar. Every season the fans are optimistic about whatever changes were made at the end of the year or over the summer. So, obviously, I wish the outcome (Saturday) could have been different. Sometimes we don’t understand why it’s not. It’s tough for those guys (players), especially the ones who have chosen to stay here. It’s harder for them more than us. It’s a bummer. I wish they could do better.
I think with Jacques Martin and Guy Charron things will be different because certain people are gone. Both are awesome coaches. They’ve got great reputations - for a reason.
You could see as the game went on (Saturday) the Devils started to dominate. But I’m a person who likes to remain optimistic. People who give up after two games? That’s the thought of doom. You take that attitude now, there’ll be no way to turn things around. Just because they lost their first two doesn’t mean that’s the way the season is going to go. I don’t give up that quick.
For me, I usually do not pick favorites because every guy on that team is busting it out there, but I really enjoy watching (Rostislaz) Olesz skate. I love his style and he looks like he’s fighting for everything out there on the ice. I really have enjoyed watching him the past couple of seasons. Everyone has their own style of skating. It's almost like a signature. I have great respect for Ollie. This is home for him - we all see that. He has really stepped up and become a leader to the younger guys. He has matured well. I remember when he was one of the young guys.
Next game is in Tampa. They’re close rivals. They won the Stanley Cup a couple of years ago but it’s a different team. I know every time the Panthers play I want them to win, home or on the road. Hopefully, they’ll do well (Wednesday). Whatever the outcome, they are my favorite team - this is where I live.
I would like to say one more thing. To all of the people who sit in the stands griping and complaining that they can do better; take it from me. Until you get your butt on the ice, in skates and full gear, and see how hard it is, don't complain - just respect those guys for their talent and effort. We are HOME for them. Make them feel like they are AT HOME with us.