I’m still a Quebec Nordiques fan at heart. I absolutely abhor the Colorado Avalanche. The people of Colorado may have deserved an NHL team, but not my team. I can’t wait to see how the fans there react the first time the Avalanche miss the playoffs. And I couldn’t understand all the supposed Nordiques fans who cheered when the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup their first year in Colorado. I was happy for the players, but I couldn’t cheer the team.
A great influence on my being a fan of the Nordiques were their fans. Even when they were last place in the league, they still got great crowds, and unless a game was an 8-0 blowout, they kept cheering. (And were never as hard on their players as the fans of other teams - Montreal is notorious in this respect.) Even in the 8-0 blowouts, most Nords fans would still stay until the end of the game.
The fans of in Tennessee are a major reason I’m a fan of the Nashville Predators now. Despite the fact that many of the fans were new to the game, they have been great. I listen to most of the games over the internet (I’m lucky to get more than a couple of games on TV here), and the fans in Nashville are noticably louder than the fans in many other NHL cities.
Being a Preds fan, I have to boo the Detroit Red Wings. Which isn’t too hard in the first place, considering I like to root for the underdog, and Detroit has been a powerhouse for some time now. Time’s running out for them though. And Nashville has played very well in most every against Detroit so far. Their playoff series (the Preds’ first) was a lot closer than it looked.
The Montreal Canadiens were the main rival of Quebec, and the games between them were excellent as well, even when Quebec was in the league basement. I now root for all the Canadian teams, after Nashville of course. And I also root for teams who try to be financially responsible and are well-managed. I have little respect for teams like the New York Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks.
On the subject of the Tampa Bay Lightning winning the Stanley Cup, they were actually my non-partisan pick to win the Cup before the playoffs started. Of course, during the playoffs I was rooting for Nashville and all the Canadian teams, and rooting against Colorado and Detroit.
And while I would have preferred to see Calgary beat Tampa in the finals, I didn’t mind seeing the Lightning win for three reasons. 1) They were my non-partisan pick to win. 2) They were a well-managed, underdog team. 3) Dave Andreychuk finally won the Cup after 20 great years in the league.