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Not Easy Being a Knowledgeable Female Hockey Fan

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By Amber Alexander

When the Penguins were in a rut two years ago before going on to win the Stanley Cup, I remember that Youtube.com and the many hockey blogs were the only means of communication between hockey fans.

Now Twitter is a huge means of communication and it is a technology that I love to utilize, but back in 2008 when I relied on YouTube for highlights I would see negative comments from anti-pens fans and would want to defend my team.

But for me that was hard to do.

I got a Youtube.com account when I was probably 14 or 15 years old and it was a user name suited for a 14 or 15 year old girl — ambugchick03.

The user name is embarrassing now as a 21 year old but back then it was normal. Trust me; I have tried many times to change the name with no luck.

Now that I’m heavily involved in hockey talk and like to comment on a videos and blogs, I am met with some pretty harsh words. Most of them surround one common theme — I’m a girl, so what could I possibly know?

One name seems to be the first thing that comes to mind for many when they find out that you’re a female hockey fan. I know you all know what I am referring too so I’m not going to say it.

A couple of weeks ago I commented on a YouTube video about our team and when I checked the comments a while later, the responses were outrageous. Every comment was degrading and disrespectful.

What was worse was that even though I was defending the Penguins, I even had Pens supporters saying I knew nothing about hockey.

The bottom line is this: I know hockey.

I could probably hold my own in a hockey conversation better than some of those who commented on the video and called me degrading names.

When I got the opportunity to write for FTP, I was thrilled. I was the only girl and that made it even better. I could finally talk hockey and get taken seriously for once.

I have written articles for the website and I hope that they have been worth reading. I thank the other writers and Brian at FTP for including me in their group.

This piece is for all the women who are “true” hockey fans and don’t get treated as such. I’ve been lucky enough to be taken seriously because of my connection to FTP.

And for all of those out there, who might have made a degrading comment over at YouTube, know this: I do know hockey!

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Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brian Metzer has been covering the Pittsburgh Penguins and National Hockey League since 2004. He is the host of Penguins Live Weekly, a show that airs Saturday mornings on 105.9 the X and iHeart Radio. He serves as the Pittsburgh Penguins correspondent for NHL Network Radio on SiriusXM, and is the NHL and Penguins correspondent for the Beaver County Times. Metzer is also a contributing writer for NHL.com and is the primary contributor for this site www.fromthepoint.com.

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1 Comment

  1. Walshy

    November 8, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Amber all I can say is there is nothing better than having more and more people to talk hockey too. Male, female, straight or gay. Who cares as long as it is fun and hotly debated…..

    We here at FTP, understand you do know your hockey.