What It's Really Like To Be A Female Hockey Fan
Start writing a post

What It's Really Like To Be A Female Hockey Fan

"Do you understand what just happened?"

What It's Really Like To Be A Female Hockey Fan
Sporting News

Hockey is (almost) indisputably the best sport on the planet, and its fanbase in the United States continues to grow. Female hockey fans share the same struggles as most other female sports fans, but these are amplified by the “manliness” of hockey. Hockey is usually associated with traditionally male things - beards, fights, beer, cold weather, and rowdy fans.

More than most other sports, true female fans are few and far-between. That doesn’t mean we’re not just as dedicated as our male counterparts. Here are 8 things you should know about what it’s like being a female hockey fan.

1. There aren’t any lines in the bathrooms.

I mean none. Even between periods you’d be hard-pressed to wait in line at all, let alone for the insane amount of times you’ll wait at a baseball game. You know what that means? More hockey.

2. You have to put up with constantly dealing with some well-meaning guy explaining to you what everything is. “That’s called icing, it’s when-“

I know.

3. Everyone assumes you’re watching hockey to impress a guy.

You’re right, I scream at my TV at referees at 11PM for those Pacific Coast away games because of a boy. I invest my free time watching the draft in the summer because maybe it’ll come in handy dating? Sorry to break it to you, but I have priorities, and they’re not impressing someone who won’t be around long enough to finish the Stanley Cup finals.

4. You get the time-honored “Which player do you think is the cutest?”

I don’t know, you figure it out while I boo the refs.

5. People ask you how you became a fan.

“Was it because of your Dad, or your boyfriend?” Who cares? How’d YOU get into hockey?

6. Male fans hold you to an impossibly high standard.

“Yeah, I love hockey,” you tell them, and the next thing you know, he’s got out a timer and a notepad, asking you to list off all of the ’78 cup contenders and which players were injured. Don’t know? You must not be a hockey fan. Would he ask his male friends that? Absolutely not. All a guy needs to do to be a passable hockey fan is to say “I’m a hockey fan.” As a female fan, you pronounce one name wrong and suddenly you’re “here for the boys.”

7. Fellow female fans are so scared of being labeled as a “puck bunny” or fake fans that they tear down other female fans too.

The ease in which we are thrown aside as “genuine sports fans” by men is scary. We have to constantly validate our love and knowledge for the sport at every turn to be accepted as a fan. A few women give all the rest of us the image of hopping from player to player without a knowledge of that “round thing on the ice they’re chasing after” that suddenly we have become defensive against ourselves. A woman wearing a pink, bedazzled jersey can’t possibly understand what offsides is, so we denounce her as shallow and only here to appease her boyfriend. A woman who takes the time to dress up for the game clearly isn’t a real hockey fan. But if you see a man in a suit at a game? Oh, he probably came right from work. So quick are we to judge other women that we discredit ourselves in the process.

8. I’m not a female hockey fan.

Sure, I titled this article like that because there’s not other way around it, but the fact of the matter is that I’m a sports fan. My love of hockey isn’t any more reliant on my gender than a man’s love for hockey. We come for the same reason: to watch hockey. Let’s keep it that way.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
beer on the beach

Summer is hot and humid, and it's almost like summer was made specifically to drink the refreshing, cold, crisp wonderful, delicious, nutritious nectar of the gods. Which is none other than beer; wonderful cold beer. With summer playing peek-a-boo around the corner while we finish up this semester, it's time to discuss the only important part of summer. And if you haven't already guessed, it's beer. There are few things I take more seriously than my beer, in order are: sports... and beer. Here are my favorite summer brews:

Keep Reading...Show less

7 Reasons SoCal Rocks!

75 degrees and sunny, plus, no humidity. I mean do I really need to say more?

woman in black and white long sleeve shirt carrying girl in red jacket in Venice beach
Photo by Jeff Hopper on Unsplash

SoCal summers are the best summers by far, and honestly, no argument is needed. But, if you aren't sure why SoCal summers are the best, here are 7 reasons why!

Keep Reading...Show less

25 Lyrics for Selfie Captions

Because let's be honest, we all use lyrics.

woman takes a selfie for social media

Sometimes you can't think of the perfect caption for your Instagram post. I love using lyrics as my captions because there's so many great lines in songs that just seem to fit in the moment. Here are some lyrics that could work for your selfie or pictures of you with your friends!

Keep Reading...Show less

Bruce Springsteen's Top 7 Lyrics

Everything Bruce says in his classic rock songs.

bruce springsteen album cover born in the usa

Anyone who was born and raised in New Jersey (or anywhere really) knows of Bruce Springsteen, whether or not they like him is a whole other situation. I hope that his hundreds of classic rock songs and famous high energy performances, even in his sixties he can put on better concerts than people half his age, are at least recognizable to people of all ages. Love him or hate him (I identify with the former) you have to admit that some of his songs and interviews have inspirational quotes and lyrics.

Keep Reading...Show less

New England Summers Are The BEST Summers

Why you should spend your next summer in New England.

Marconi Beach

Three years ago, I chose to attend college in Philadelphia, approximately 360 miles away from my small town in New Hampshire. I have learned many valuable lessons away from home, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in Pennsylvania. One thing that my experience has taught me, however, is that it is absolutely impossible to beat a New England summer.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments