Got 2 free tickets last Friday night to watch an AHL match between the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Iowa Stars. My very first live hockey game at any level. I took the eight year old and we had a great time! Our seats were great - 3 rows up behind the goal - and every time they checked into the glass my son went "Whoa!" The Griffins won 6-2 and I got to see future Red Wings Jiri Hudler, Jimmy Howard and Brett Lebda (in fact, I think Lebda just got called up).
Now, my dilemma. Penalty calls, icing, offside - what the heck does it all mean? Except for scoring goals and timing penalties, I had no idea how the rules of the game worked. This blue line business seems awful arcane. Can anyone explain it to me? Or point me to a good source (i.e., hockeyfordummies.com)?
My other problem is trying to find games on TV. We have DirecTV but not the premium package, so no Fox Sports and no Outdoor Life. We are going to drop the satellite when the contract runs out and go to Comcast, but we can only afford the super basic package (broadcast stations plus the drama of the local school board channel). Any hope of finding hockey on the networks?
So hey dere, dat hockey is pretty fun, ya know?