Like others have noted, anyone who can be bothered to make an account on here and post surely is a fan. Regardless of whether or not you agree with or support their antics on here, they are fans.
I can say from my perspective, I became a big fan of the Canucks in the 1982 playoffs.... I was young and that experience was when I first understood that there was something more than "the game" going on. It was community building, it was bringing people of different walks of life together in a common experience.... it was special and it was joyful to be part of.
I have gone on to learn a lot more about the team and hockey over the past 30 years. My opinions and knowledge growing over that whole time, and evolving as the game changed.
We didn't have the internet back then, but I can only imagine how I would have felt in my new-found excitement if I had joined an online community of fans and instead of finding the "common experience" of people sharing my joy, a bunch of them devoted their time to telling me that I wasn't "really a fan" and that I was a "bandwaggoner" because I didn't have the same level of hockey knowledge as they did or hadn't been around long enough.
All I can say that if there is some kid who is going through that same realization about how special the team and the game is during this playoff run... that is just wonderful and I envy you your level of enthusiasm!
I hope you can ignore the people who feel that they have a greater ownership over the team than you. I have wasted a lot of time in this thread arguing with them... but you shouldn't. They just aren't worth it, they are small, mean people who are trying to find a way to make themselves feel better at the cost of others because they don't know any other way.
Edited by Provost, 10 April 2012 - 03:23 PM.