asked me why the hell I am an Atlanta Thrasher fan
. Well, it's a long story that starts when I was 7 years old.....
I'm one of those artists that started drawing at a fairly young age. One of my first loves was drawing. A second first love (is that even possible?) was hockey. All things hockey: playing it, watching it, collecting hockey cards, playing table hockey, etc. A friend and I decided to combined those two passions into a money making endeavour..... drawing hockey pictures...... and selling them for cash!
He drew the players. I drew the goalies (naturally!). We used our hockey cards as reference for the equipment, poses and team logos. I enjoyed drawing the goalies, but it was illustrating the logos that I really got a kick outta. Some of them were easy(Boston Bruins). Some were to hard(Chicago Blackhawks). But one was always
fun to draw. The Atlanta Flames.
The Flames became my favorite team, based completely on my love of the logo. Sad, I know. But, cut me some slack.... I was just a 7 year old kid with a love of great graphic design!
So anyway, The Atlanta Flames were now my favorite team. They would be for 3 years until, due to financial troubles of the owner, they were sold and moved to Calgary, in 1980, to become the Calgary Flames. They had a cool logo AND
I could follow them on the TV. I was now a Calgary fan. I got the jersey with my name on it. I went to some of the games when they came to town. I started to collect hockey cards, again. It was a great time.
My interest in hockey started to wane by the time I got to high school, though. There were other things that occupied my time. From about 1985 to 1995, I didn't follow much hockey. I know. Freaky, eh? By the time I was getting interested again, I was feeling disconnected to any one team, even my Flames. I will admit I became a fickle fan. After about a year of liking this team and that, I latched onto the Detroit Red Wings. They had some great players and they also had some great goaltenders. But, after a few years, I realized that they were buying Stanley Cups and became a fickle fan once again.
It was 1999 when it was announced that an expansion team would be entering the league. The Atlanta Thrashers. It was like the Hockey Gods pointed their collective goaltending sticks at me and said, "Jason, We have added a new NHL team that will address all your hopes and dreams." It was like coming home.
The Thrashers are entering their 6th season. They still haven't made the playoffs. Whatever. I'm still a fan.
Besides, they've got a great logo.
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