My apologies to my Partner the Great Randy Hahn and his great sense of smell, but I am stealing his idea for part of my broadcaster blog.
We were sitting around talking to our Boss, Sharks VP of Everything (I think that’s his official title) after the Sharks held the first ever Halloween Skate at HP Pavilion. It was a terrific night, and that is when I stole his idea for this blog.
Management, Coaches and Broadcasters were stationed at different vantage points throughout the “Shark Tank” and we were able to meet the fans in attendance.
Given it was the first event of its kind, we didn’t know what to expect...
Well, the fans were great. Hopeful, optimistic and the trademark enthusiasm and passion for the Sharks that every one of the faithful fan has shown ever since the Sharks hit the ice at the Cow Palace.
I met a family that travelled from Discovery Bay to tour HP and meet the Coaches and Broadcasters. The Dad is a Police Officer in Newark and they are season ticket holders. That is a three hour drive to and from the games after what I can only imagine as a few tough days on the job. Yet he thanked us for giving up our time to meet them!
There was a smiling family of five from the UK. They had moved to the Bay Area around five years ago and fell in love with the Sharks and hockey. They marveled at the speed and action of the game. Their enthusiasm and smiles made me think of my childhood and how I loved when my Dad or brothers would take me to the rink so I could get in on the fun.
I laughed when the people who had the chance to take a few laps around the rink came in to the dressing room to tell us how much bigger the ice surface is. Nope still the same as Sharks Ice it just seems bigger. Many people marveled at how fast the ice was but one young fan swore he was faster not the ice.
I know every team swears that their fans are the greatest in the world. The truth is all fans share a trait that makes them great, loyalty. Through the good and the bad, the high and the low, Shark fans have always shown their passion for this team.
In every job, (if you’re lucky to do it long enough) you go through highs and lows. In an 82 game season there are many ups and downs and at times you may go through periods where you are jaded at the whole soap opera. The best remedy for that cynicism? Re-connect with the real passion base, the fans.
At the risk of sounding like a sycophant, thank you from a broadcaster who is sometimes jaded and often times humbled by the Best Fans In the NHL.
to see more photos from the event.