Monday, January 26, 2015

Boston Bruins Hockey Game

Boston Bruins Hockey Game

Happy Monday readers! I hope my fellow Boston bloggers stay warm and safe tonight through storm Juno.

As most of you know, I've been living in Boston over a year now, but would you believe I had yet to go to any major sporting event until recently! Boston is definitely known for its unending sports pride- local fans root and cheer for the New England Patriots, the Celtics, the Boston Red Sox, and the Boston Bruins Hockey Team.

The hockey games can be pretty pricey, but I was lucky enough to win tickets to a game courtesy of Work Jam! I also happened to team up with Chevrolet that week to take their Equinox out for a spin, so I was able to get us to the game in style! 

Boston Bruins Hockey Game

Boston Bruins Hockey Game

Talk about perfect timing. With such serendipitous luck and an amazing night planned, I thought I should document the experience for you all! 

Boston Bruins Hockey Game

The Bruins games are held at TD Garden, which also holds Celtics games during basketball season. The stadium is super modern and sleek, which adds to the excitement and overall experience of the game.

Boston Bruins Hockey Game

And the Equinox? It felt like I was driving in a cloud - so smooth and safe! The seats were plush and luxurious, and the rear-view camera really helped with parking.

I went to the game with two other California natives who, like me, had never been to a hockey game before (it's not exactly the biggest sport on the West Coast)!

Boston Bruins Hockey Game

Hearing the roar of the fans, the clinks of the puck, and the buzz of each goal, it was easy to get sucked into the game. Basically there are 5 team members from each team, plus the goalies, on field at a time. If a player is put into the penalty box, then the other team has a huge advantage because they have an extra person on the field. It was such a nail-biter when the players got near to their goals! 

Boston Bruins Hockey Game

It was fun being at a Bruins game, because the Bruins are also the mascot of UCLA (my alma mater). Fun fact: a bruin is like a teenage bear - not a baby, but not an adult bear. Save that one for trivia night!

Boston Bruins Hockey Game

We avoided paying for expensive stadium food by going to a local pizza joint across the street before the game, and we weren't the only ones with this idea. The shop was filled with die-hard fans in hockey jerseys, watching the pre-game on the flat screens while noshing on pizza slices, sodas and beer. 

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It seems hockey is almost a cultural experience. Especially popular in New England and Canada for all their snow, even Miss Canada dressed in hockey gear on Miss Universe last night!

Boston Bruins Hockey Game

It was super amazing to experience such a cultural phenomenon, and get a real Boston experience at the same time. It's great to see a city come together in a common goal and excitement - and reminds me of how San Francisco is with their love for the SF Giants and the 49ers! 

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  1. Sounds like a fun time

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  2. For as long as I've lived in Boston I've only been to one Bruins game, but they always look like so much fun! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. LOVE THIS POST! I always think it's interesting to hear about people's firsth ockey game experience. I felt similar during my first game (and I knew nothing about hockey). Now that I'm one of those "sick-in-the-head" fans, my experience is a little different when I'm at games;)

    PS: ABSOLUTELY keeping that Bruin fun fact in my head!;)

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  4. I had no idea you were a bruin (the UCLA kind, so am I! Woo for bruins :) I've never been to an ice hockey game but it looks fun! That hockey outfit is very festive lol

    Mili

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  5. Wow you are so lucky to win the tickets xx I've never been on a hockey game but wanttt!

    xx, Marina

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  6. a possible fantasyJanuary 26, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    looks like lot of fun!


    a possible fantasy

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  7. You lucky, lucky girl! I've wanted to attend one for the longest time but am still saving up for those darn tickets. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  8. Looks like you had an amazing time. I didn't know Boston was so well known for their sports obsession. How was the pizza?

    Mrsinlondon.co.uk

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  9. They're die hard sports fans! The Boston Red Sox won the world series last year, and this year the Patriots are in the Superbowl. They're out of control!

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  10. Hahah I KNOW! I never would have gone on my own dime. But now I'm hooked and want to go again!

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  11. I was so excited to win! If you ever get the chance, I definitely recommend it.

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  12. Omg you are?? I love meeting fellow bruins! :)

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  13. Thanks so much girl! I can definitely understand why - the games are SO fun, especially in person! :)

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  14. I don't blame you, they're so pricey! I definitely want to try to go at least once a year now :)

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  15. Haha this confused me! In England hockey refers to what you guys would call field hockey! Then I saw the ice rink in the post and I was like "oooohhhhh ICE hockey!!" Sounds like you had a blast though! x

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  16. I love hockey so much! Teemu Selänne is the best! Period.

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  17. Hope u've had a great time at the Ice hockey game, I also got confused when u first said hockey cause like Emilia said, It's called Ice hockey in England hahah x And it's a wise choice u've made for going for pizza instead of expensive stadium food xx Happy Monday 2 u again xx

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  18. Hahah omg maybe I should add a disclaimer for UK readers! I love learning the subtle differences between British & American English :)

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  19. Hahah I don't even know what that is! :P

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  20. Hahah I know I need a disclaimer for UK readers! :P

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  21. Looks like a great game - I'd love to see ice hockey and basketball.

    Lizzie Dripping

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  22. Free tickets is always a great kick-off to a fun time. I prefer to watch hockey in person than on television. Your photos capture the excitement. Glad you enjoyed your first Boston hockey game.
    Texas Jak
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  23. Lovely post! :)

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  24. looks like you had an amazing time. go bruins! hope you are staying warm and safe.
    love, liz
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  25. I heard that hockey games are so much fun to go to. Glad you got to experience it! Hope you're also staying warm over there!

    Tina
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  26. Sounds like you had a great time. xox

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  27. I have been to a game! I was probably too young to appreciate it as it was a filed trip I took while in girl scouts. We were too busy chatting it up and eating all sorts of goodies that we hardly noticed the game. it was fun none-the-less thought!

    You look like you had so much fun! Congrats on winning the tickets--and thank you for the extra bit of trivia. I had no idea what a bruin was until now.

    xx

    Jessica

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  28. You are SO lucky! I'd love to experience an NHL game. It's been on my bucket list for years. Ice hockey is my favourite sport. I'm pretty sure my readers are sick of hearing about it! :D

    Sara Bloo xo
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  29. Thanks Tina! It's definitely chilly and snowy over here, nothing too crazy though!

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  30. Aw that's so cute! Wish I was in the girl scouts. Just bought some of their cookies though :P

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  31. Omg! You absolutely must go then :)

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  32. Thanks Texas Jak! I definitely agree hockey is better in person!

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  33. You should! It's so fun to do every now and then.

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