An excerpt from Don Salyards:
Hockey fans are a diverse breed. Next to a union pipe-fitter you will find a business executive who played the game while in college at Yale, but both of them will high-five each other after the home team scores. Fan use of profanity during games is common and sometimes collective. While ice hockey fans seldom turn violent, a lot of beer is sold at hockey games and some of the folks have a hard time masking their exuberance during and after games.
After last night’s game I was standing in line in the men’s room. A young man, about 12 years old, was next to me in line waiting for his turn at the almighty urinal. Meanwhile a ridiculously drunk guy, in this room with about 100 men, was loudly waxing UN-eloquent about every subject (politics, women, football, etc) on earth. The guy was so drunk and his statements so nutty that everyone in the room was giggling, as was this innocent young kid. I’m thinking I was that kid about 48 years ago, standing at the “trough” at the old AK-SAR-BEN hockey rink in Omaha, getting my first doses of real-world humanity. Like ice hockey, that kid will learn that life sometimes isn’t pretty, proper, or fair. But, sooner or later, he’ll take his own son to the big hockey stadium on Chicago’s west end.