I don’t know about you, but when I was a little kid going to games at the MCI Center, my one goal was to get on the Jumbotron. That’s a pipe dream that I still haven’t accomplished to this day, but this small child at a Red Wings game now has.
On Saturday, the Red Wings took on the Anaheim Ducks at Joe Louis Arena. A stop in play allowed the in-arena camera team to pan to the crowd looking for the usual scores of happy fans to cheer and dance. The camera then settled on this very happy kid. He became the star of the show.
Midway through the third period of that awful game, I got a little confused when I looked at the background behind Sergei Bobrovsky. There I saw two NHL referees drinking beer in the front row. “What the hell,” I said to myself. “That’s so unprofessional.”
Then I saw them bang the glass after a big Bobrovsky save, and it occurred to to me that these guys weren’t actually scorekeepers or even referees. They were Blue Jackets fans. Clever, clever, awful Blue Jackets fans.
Photo credit: I. Ignatovich
On Thursday, when Alex Ovechkin made his debut for Dynamo Moscow, the stands at Small Sports Arena in Luzhniki, Moscow were about 60% full. Sunday’s match was a different story, as a sold-out crowd of 8,097 packed into the seats to see Ovechkin’s Dynamo take on Ilya Kovalchuk’s SKA — Kovy’s first game in the KHL.
Fifteen minutes into the first period, the crowd was treated to a bit of history as Ovechkin scored his first KHL goal, also his first regular season goal in Russia since 2005.
YouTuber AXLPNZ captured the crowd’s reaction and the PA announcer’s call. The roar of the crowd is pretty cool.
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