Hey everyone, thanks for all your tips. They came in handy. Here are my first impressions of hockey.
A. I'm not THAT John Edwards. I've heard he's a pretty nice guy though (once you get past him having a love child while his wife battled cancer).
B. First the positives: Hockey is a great sport, especially when viewed live ,and I definitely plan on coming back. I love the fast paced nature of the game, the lack of ticky tack penalties that are ruining the NFL, and the grit of all the players. If I lived near a rink I'd learn how to play.
C. The negatives: It feels like whoever controls the game screens and music is stuck in the 90's, which coupled with the lack of attendees, gives off an amateurish vibe as if I'm at a minor league baseball game not a professional match between two televised teams. Seriously, big bombastic words like "noise," with power-point '07 transitions? Who is that hyping up?
D. Overall I enjoyed my experience. It doesn't beat a Panthers game, but it's a great time and I've gained an appreciation for Hockey, the Canes, and all the fans. I'll be back.