Well, not everything I know. I mean, when I was a teenager, my family took a day trip from Glacier National Park, where my sister had a summer job, to…somewhere in Alberta. Rich & I spent our honeymoon on Galiano Island.* And my sister and I vacationed in Vancouver for a week a few years ago. So I DO have some other information and firsthand knowledge at my disposal.
No, this is actually just what I know from going to many, many, many hockey games.
- I can sing one verse, in English, of O Canada. It’s catchy. (BTW, if you get lost in the lyrics, try, “…O Canada, we stand on guard for thee,” because it’s in there three times. Your odds aren’t bad.)
- I can name the thirteen provinces & territories.
- I can name the seven Canadian NHL teams.
But here’s where I start to falter. I can name players from some of those teams, but not all. Without looking (honest!):
- Canucks – Pick a Sedin.
- Flames – Uh, I’ll get back to you.
- Jets – Buguf…Buguglian…Bufflin. I’ll have to look up how to spell his name, and I said ‘without looking.’ You’d think I’d remember the name of the goalie who spanked us last night, but I’ve blocked it out.
- Oilers – Er…
- Senators – Chaisson. My dear Chaisson…!
- Canadiens – Subban. Everybody knows Subban.
- Maple Leafs – Phil ‘Get Away From Me’ Kessel
Mostly all I have to do is think of where various Stars players have been traded to, and that gives me a name or two. But I’m going to have to work on the Oilers. And the Flames, who I actually rather like, even though they’re in our division and so in direct competition with my beloved Stars. Their announcers are a class act, my new favorites after Ralph & Razor.
But that’s okay. I mean, I can sing O Canada, after all!
*We may have stayed here. The name sounds familiar, and the view from Ocean Loft looks like the view from our porch, but I have to tell you — they’ve renovated since 1986!