Hello Coyotes fans!
I have been following game threads recently (when not attending games) and they have been quite enjoyable to take part in. The blog has a good core group of fans and, while we may not have as many as some of the larger hockey markets, the posts make up for it with humor and originality. There is a definite lack of fanposts here, however, as even up until recently there was one about needing to start a search for a new goalie because MIKE SMITH, THE MIKE SMITH, apparently is not the answer. So I figure I'd start a get to know you post to get us going. Feel free to add on with your own story about who you are, why you are a coyotes fan, and any other interesting tidbits in the comments. Or just start another fanpost!
I also included a poll to find out who your favorite Coyotes player is. I know I have about ten of them but, if I had to pick one, it would have to be Ray Whitney because of his humor and his great stick handling out on the ice.
My name is Brendon Ferrin. I grew up loving hockey and played it regularly with my brothers, cousins, uncles, and anyone else who would throw on some rollerblades and play a game in the hot desert air. I still have multiple scars on my knees to show for it (we never did call tripping our roughing penalties). I suppose my cousins, then, are the ones mainly responsible for instilling in me a love for the sport of Hockey. I still remember getting together and playing NHL 2000 on the playstation with the multitap adapter allowing us to play as all 5 skaters on the ice! Well usually it was 3 or 4 skaters due to the pile-up in the penalty box. If you've ever played the series you know how easy it is to get called for penalties (hooking, tripping, roughing, interference, etc). During High School at Gilbert High, I was a band nerd by trade (could probably get a game misconduct for that). Being 6'4 and 200lbs at the time, some would argue I was better suited for football, but I enjoyed my friendships and my time in the marching band. All was not lost, however, as I won some glass seats and a Jeremy Roenick autographed stick as a result of a raffle we had one year. In addition to the band, I was also able to play for our club roller hockey team for 2 seasons. I played defenseman and, as I have always had a bit of a temper, had a knack for missing games due to suspension (fighting).
After High School, the Coyotes fell into what can only be referred to as the "dark days" of Phoenix hockey. Seeing as I was a poor college student, I didn't exactly have the means to properly follow my team either. Despite that, I still enjoyed heading out to a game every now and then. Coincidentally, the first time I met my wife was while I was on a date at a hockey game. The date was January 19, 2008 and we were playing the Chicago Blackhawks. I only remember this because we all got little Bobby Hull figurines and was able to look up the exact date from that. It wasn't perfectly set up, as I was going with my girlfriend at the time and my best friend Kevin invited my future wife, Natalie. My girlfriend didn't hang around for long as apparently I spent too much time talking with Kevin and Natalie the whole night. Not much later I got permission from Kevin to ask her on a few dates of our own and it worked out great! I still don't know how we ever avoided getting called for a "too many men on the ice" penalty. I guess it was just meant to be.
My wife, Natalie, and I now live in Chandler, AZ and have the opportunity to enjoy a 1/4 share of season tickets in section 214 (dubbed the "LOVE" section) which we enjoy thoroughly and have loved getting to know the die hard Coyotes fans surrounding us. Another neat plus to the section is it is located directly below where Bobby Hull is retired in the ring of honor. I have recently graduated from ASU with my Bachelors of Science in Accounting at ASU and will be heading back in August to start my Masters program with aspirations of becoming a CPA. Natalie is a registered nurse and currently works doing dialysis. My wife is a big sports fan and enjoys many sports but none bigger than Coyotes hockey. She is very active on twitter (@natalie_ferrin Me: @superfizzo) and her favorite player is OEL. Mine would probably have to be Ray Whitney although Mike Smith is making a strong charge. We have a 2 and a half year old daughter, Vivian, who is fluent in the way of the Coyote. The Coyote howl was the first animal sound she mastered, she is regularly chanting go Coyotes go, and her favorite song is Howlin for You by the Black Keys.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know me and my family and look forward to chatting with you all through the playoffs. Attached are pics of the family as well as a video with us in it from when the fans greeted the Coyotes at the airport after their division title!
Coyotes Fans on TV!!!! (via nferrin)