Chris O’Kelley

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TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 20: Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche gets tangled up with Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game Three of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 20, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The One Thing that happened to me in 2022, was I started watching hockey!  It’s Stanley Cup Final time.  It’s down to the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche.  The Tampa Bay Lighting are going for their 3rd straight Stanley Cup.  Now The Stanley Cup in hockey is equal to the Lombardi Trophy for the team that wins the Super Bowl every year.   This is something I learned this year as I dug into the game of hockey.  The Stanley Cup Trophy is the oldest professional sports trophy in North America!

This year on our annual trip to Nashville, I got invited to a Nashville Predators game.  turns out it’s the same night that they are retiring the jersey of an all-time favorite Predators jersey.  On February 24, 2022, Pekka Rinne had his #35 jersey raised to the roof in a pregame celebration at the Bridgestone Arena.  Again, I thought it was cool and all, but still don’t know a lot about hockey!

Dallas Stars v Nashville Predators

(Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

The puck drops and the first fight starts and I’m like, YES, This is for me.  So when I got back I started watching more and more and now I’m all in on hockey.   Here are some of the photo’s from my very first hockey game.