Growing up, I played basketball, loved baseball and watched football. There was always this fourth port out there - hockey - that I never really got into. It was partially a factor of the region I grew up in, and also because there was no professional team in town or consistent games on TV that I could watch. Over the past few years, I've become close friends with many people from the Minneapolis area - hockey die-hards. I was committed to learning more about the NHL and might even become a fan of a Minnesota (gasp!) sports team - the Wild. I'm looking forward to watching what NHL I can find on TV this weekend, and hopefully I'll be on my way to becoming a casual hockey fan. Don't want to set the bar too high just yet.