Next team we take a look at on our road to Sochi is Tre Konor, aka Team Sweden.
Hellooooooo defence. Lidstrom’s retired you say? Ha. Just take a look at this list of defensive depth: Erik Karlsson, Alexander Elder, Niklas Kronwall, Stanley Cup champ Johnny Oduya, Tobias Enstrom, Victor Hedman and there are a few other names that could pop up from now until the roster is finalized. Pffftttt. Who needs Lidstrom?
Forwards: Alright, so everyone knows the Sedins and that should be their backbone. Oh no no no my friends. Don’t forget about Hennrik Zetterberg, Patrick Berglund, Niklas Backstrom, Johan Franzen, Loui Eriksson, Gabriel Landeskog, and if Captain Ottawa decides to keep playing Alfredsson will be a welcome addition.
Goaltending isn’t as deep but that doesn’t matter when your star goaltender is Henrik Lundqvist. Tampa Bay’s Anders Lindback could wind up being back up but we all know he won’t see much playing time unless Lundqvist gets hurt.
Either way, Sweden is pretty evenly spread out. It’ll be interesting to see where they end up finishing.
Unless you’re the Ottawa Senators (cause banning Toronto fans into the Crappy Tire Centre can’t be too far behind.), fans from the opposing team in that evening’s game might be scarce. Sure there might be a couple of fans who live in town or a few might make a road trip down but there a few things to consider if you decide to head down this road.
1. Don’t Be A Drunken Loud Mouth Idiot This is just asking for it. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen away fans lose their mind and get into people’s faces when their team scores only to be heckled even worse by the home fans surrounding them. Being a loud mouth in general is stupid but in certain arenas, this isn’t taken too lightly. Sit down, shut up, fist pump and scream a couple “Woohoo!” if you must but relax. You’re a visitor. (Toronto fans in Ottawa disregard this as I actually think it’s funny.)
2. Do Not Flaunt Your Jersey
I’m not saying don’t wear it. In fact, I recommended every fan in every sport to wear their jerseys with pride. Just don’t flaunt it. You’ve already been spotted with it on and mentally noted as the enemy. For some reason, this is worse in places like Montreal and I hate to it, Boston. Personal story time: A few years ago my cousin, a Leafs fan, took in a regular season game in Montreal. He got up and did the occasional high fives and woohoo’s after every Leaf goal but was very tame. The Leafs ended up winning and on the way out, with him flaunting around his jersey got stabbed in the leg. Yes, it was stupidity on both parts but for future reference, just don’t do this. Granted, some people are just complete morons, hence this video:
3. Do Not Get Into The Home Town Fans Faces
This ties in with statement number 1 and it should be a given. There is nothing worse than know it all idiots who do nothing but rub the score in all game. News flash for you buddy, you’re outnumbered. If you’re gonna debate hockey stats, make sure you know your stuff buddy. Make one wrong move and it’s lights out for you.
4. Respect The Home Town Team
I don’t care how much you hate them. I don’t care how intense this “hatred” is. Respect the home team. You’re in their arena; their home. You’d want to be shown the same respect from visiting fans in your rink wouldn’t you? Furthermore, the players on your team are under just as much scrutiny as you are.
Oh…..and don’t be this guy. Goes for both home and away fans.