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Why I Became A Fan Of The Dallas Stars: The Blind Date From Hell

Sometimes the worst experiences give you great stories.

Some of the wonderful people I’ve met thanks to the Dallas Stars at a road game at Prudential Center in New Jersey.

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I moved to Dallas without knowing a single soul in town and only having been there exactly two times - once to interview with a company, and once to find an apartment after accepting the job. I knew nothing about this city, where to live, where to meet people...even as an Air Force brat who moved a lot as a kid, facing a new city AND having to learn how to #adult was a scary proposition. (Adulting is still scary most days, to be honest, but that’s a different story for a different day.)

So one day, a friend of mine says she knows a guy that knows a guy and we should totally hang out! We texted back and forth for a while, and one random Sunday he mentions he has tickets to a Dallas Stars vs San Jose Sharks game and would I be interested?

Having barely a passing knowledge of hockey at the time, but being a sports-loving girl, I went along.

This is where I have to caution that going on a blind date to a sporting event is the WORST IDEA EVER. There's no "oh look, my roommate needs me to come home right away because her dog jumped off a parking garage!" fake text move. No way for you to say you're meeting up with friends later for drinks to celebrate someone's promotion at work. You're stuck there for the duration of the event with this person.

And when it doesn't go well, it can be hell. And my date was hell. There was no connection there, and he sat way too close for my taste — like hi, we’re not dating at all why are you putting your arm around me? I was so uncomfortable.

Luckily for me, I became quite taken by Loui Eriksson's hair in warm-ups. I legitimately could not tell you a single point of conversation I had with that guy from that game — I was too interested in learning more about this sport. I spent intermissions pouring through the program that breaks down all the different arm motions the refs make when calling a penalty (and what that penalty means) and the basics of this new world of hockey.

That's how I began my love affair with the Dallas Stars. Through my thirst for information on the team, I stumbled across the Defending Big D site. (Gosh, we must have been a baby community back then...) A few short months later, Brandon Worley and Brad Gardner, the managing editors at the time, asked me to come on board as a writer. Nearly 6 years later, I'm running the show here.

I’ve even managed to find a way to make a living at a sports consulting and research company as my real-world job — so now I'm all sports, all the time! When I take the time to really look at what I get to do every day, between that work and the managing editor work I do here with this wonderful community, I feel very #blessed.

I found love at a hockey game. Not the kind of love you probably thought this story might end with, but rather the kind that fills me with a passion that will last a lifetime. The first time I step into the rink at the start of a season and hear the cut of a skate into the ice for the first time, I fall in love with this game all over again.

It’s my lifetime love.

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