The Stanley Cup Final is every hockey fan’s dream. Having their team make it, having a chance to work a final series, or attending a game is on every fan’s bucket list.
I have had the honor of working a Stanley Cup Final. It was an amazing experience and I can now check that off my bucket list. I could not calm down the entire time. After years of watching hockey, school, and dreaming of working for a National Hockey League team, I was working a Cup Final. It was surreal and I took in every moment. I not only was able to watch a great Stanley Cup Final, I met and saw hockey legends. As I stood to watch the opening ceremony and game presentation, I had goose bumps forming on my arms. The music boomed and the fans went wild as a chill ran throughout my body. This one a once in a lifetime chance and I was lucky enough to be a part of it. It was a feeling that I will never forget. Could life get any better?
The answer to that would be “yes.” How is that possible? It happened this year when the Pittsburgh Penguins made it to the 2016 Stanley Cup Final. The team that I have cheered for so many years, the team that made me fall in love with hockey, the team that brought out a passion that I never knew I had, and a team that changed my life. That makes this Stanley Cup Final even more special. Why is it different than in 2008 or 2009? Well, my passion for hockey has grown, my understanding of hockey has matured, and I have been able to work a Final Series. That gives you a whole new appreciation for this moment. Every hockey fan can relate to this when their team makes it.
So Pittsburgh nation enjoy the moment, take it all in, embrace everything, and don’t sweat the small stuff, because we made it.