When it comes to womens hockey, there is a view that it is best enjoyed on a party bus in Dutchess County or way upstate NY because this sport involving women players has the makings for lots and lots of drinking, say fans. In fact, the Big Green women’s college hockey team from Dartmouth hoped to defeat defending national champion Clarkson during a recent series of heated match-ups in Potsdam, New York. While the “Big Green” went on to score victory, it was the school’s party bus activity that male students seem to enjoy the most.
For instance, Big Green women’s hockey fans Dean and Jeff said “any women’s hockey game has the makings for party-hardy when we carry along a keg of beer enroute to any away game.” The two college party goers say that “watching chicks play on ice just gets us real thirsty. We are simply thirsty women’s hockey fans,” added the duo with big grins on their faces.
Women’s hockey no longer a “buzz kill” for fans
While there are no women playing hockey in the National Hockey League, there is the former National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) that only existed between 1999 and 2007. Still, there are NWHL fans online who recall the glory days when watching the Edmonton Chimos take on the Vancouver Griffins in what was called “reason to drink up.” For example, fans of women’s professional hockey – that only pitted Canadians against American women players – said a popular male drinking game was to “toss a draft beer back each time one of the women scored.” However, they explained that because most women hockey players “rarely score” during their hockey match-ups that this popular drinking game was changed to “having a brew each and every time a woman player drew a penalty; which was almost every 10 minutes during a typical match and more so during division playoffs.”
Drinking and women’s hockey go together
It has been compared to salt and pepper, or having a cool one on a hot summer’s day; while mostly it is all about finding an excuse to drink at a live hockey match. “Because we don’t much care who wins when women play hockey, it usually comes down to who buys the beer,” says a longtime NWHL fan commenting online. For example, if a male fan says “that a women player has trouble with the puck, her hockey stick, her skates, shin pads, shoulder pads, gloves or hockey helmet, than we take notice and have a brew.”
Overall, the male fans said “we drink whenever the women players do anything at all.”