New Year's Eve. Always a big ordeal for many people around the world and the US, especially those living on the Eastern Standard Time with being able to say that when the Ball Drops in New York City it is happening at the same time for yourself. The hype for staying up until midnight and going out to parties, bars, and being able to celebrate with large groups has always been the norm for myself being from Cincinnati.
This New Year's Eve was vastly different for me. There wasn't any champagne bottles popping off, fancy dress and suits, oxford shoes and heels, it was much simpler in terms of jeans, flannels, scarf, and a tee. Thankfully one of my great friends Brooke invited me out to Denver for the last week of the year and a few days into the new year, in which we would be attending the Chicago Blackhawks vs Colorado Avalanche for our New Year's Eve plans at the Pepsi Center.
Brooke's family is large supporter and followers of Chicago's professional sports team so naturally when the Blackhawks only play in Denver twice a year she was stoked to be able to see them in person.
I can say this was my first NHL experience and first NHL game ever. Living in Cincinnati we weren't really grown up or exposed to NHL teams outside of some family living in Saint Louis and being Blues fans. The appeal to go to Columbus to Watch the Blue Jackets always conflicted with sports growing up, and never seemed to have free weekends to get away to watch.
The benefits to our seats was being able to see the action develop and unfold which was interesting and awesome. Watching this game, I slowly started to analyze and develop how the players were trying to carry out defending and scoring goals on the other side of the rink. Being able to compare it to how things are done in a soccer match on the pitch was helpful due to similar fast action and less stoppage.
The game went up to a 3-3 tie as the final score of regulation and was forced into overtime. As the overtime happens, under new rules by the NHL it is now dropped down to a 3v3 + goalies on the rink, in a way to force overtime (game winning) goals to happen faster. As Brooke and I were preparing our phones to capture the crowd and winning goal the Hawks snuck a game winning goal in!