New Year Resolutions

With 2016 coming to a close, it seemed like a good time to reflect on the first half of hockey season and make some resolutions for 2017. No team, player or fan is perfect, so with the turning of the calendar comes an opportunity for self-reflection and betterment for the new year. Here are a few classic resolutions that every hockey fan can take to heart:

Manage stress better.
Like peanut butter and jelly, New England winters and snow, nothing comes with being a sports fan like stress and high blood pressure. No really, it's actually bad for your heart. Hockey games have made me curse, cry and bury my face in my hands while lying on the floor (that only happened once), but if we're being honest, stress can take some of the fun out of being a fan. Now, will that exhilarating feeling that comes from a Game 7 or an OT breakaway ever go away? Probably not, but it never hurt anyone to take a deep breath and maybe try yoga or something too.

Get out of a rut.
Unless you're Chicago or Pittsburgh, or riding a 10-game win streak like Philadelphia, almost every team has seen their fair share of struggles over the first half of the season. The Bruins are hanging out in the middle of the East and holding on to the third spot in the Atlantic. There have been some shining moments for the B's recently, like the overtime victory in Montreal and strong outing against first-place Pittsburgh, but some sloppy performances, defensive struggles and goaltending questions leave much to be resolved before the Bruins can become playoff contenders once again, so what better time than the turn of the calendar year to kick things into gear and climb up the standings?

Travel more.
They say to travel is to live, but calling the most north-east corner of the United States home, it's not often that I get a chance to visit other arenas around the country. Fortunately, I've been able to cross Toronto, Chicago, New York and Anaheim off my list of road rinks, but there are still many more to be experienced. Every arena has its own character and personality, so here's to expanded horizons and seeing more this year.

Appreciate every moment.

Counting down the seconds of a game or penalty, or *gasp* leaving early to beat traffic (the Bruins have a solution for that––see above) are unfortunately all too common at hockey games these days. It's easy to take for granted any of the 60 minutes that our favorite team is out on the ice on a given night, but as we've all felt when the season comes to an end or after being eliminated from the playoffs, every minute of every game is precious. Let's vow to appreciate every game as it's being played and leave the complaints for the off season.

Watch more hockey.
Need I say more?

Happy new year to all––see you in 2017!

- Ally