My introduction to hockey began when I was 5 in Winnipeg. The Montréal Canadiens built another dynasty in the 70s with the likes of Lafleur, Cournoyer, Robinson, Dryden, Shutt, Gainey, Savard, etc. I wasn't all that interested, but my Dad insisted I watch his favorite team. They then became my favorite team.
I started playing hockey at 8, and played until I was 14. I was mainly a winger, but also played D occasionally. I was pretty good, and even became captain of my team, but my interest faded as I discovered partying and girls.
In 1980 the NY Islanders were building a winner, and players like Bossy, Trottier, Gillies, Potvin, Nystrom, Smith became my new favorites. In hindsite, it appears I jumped on that bandwagon at the time, but I didn't care. I thought they played amazing hockey. I still like the Islanders today.
I grew up a Jets fan as well, living in Winnipeg. Memorable moments include meeting the team in 1975 (Bobby Hull, Ulf Nilsson, Anders Herberg, Ted Green etc.), watching Selanne break the rookie scoring record (76 goals in 84 games), and being at the last regular season Jets game in 1996. It was a dark day for Winnipeg losing their Jets. Great hockey fans and glad they got a new team.
In 2007 I moved to New West. and immediately embraced the Canucks. I've been a huge fan since. Have a sports room (living room) at home, with wall-to-wall Canucks memorabilia, big screen and surround, a bar and leather couch/chairs. A great place to watch a game, and I don't miss any if possible. Favorite current players are Pettersson, Boeser, Horvat, Hughes and J.T. Miller.
Go Canucks Go!