I met my now husband, Mark, in 1997. That’s when I met the Buffalo Sabres, too. For the first couple of years we were together, we lived in Birmingham, Alabama so the Sabres remained a pretty distant concept. I watched the ’99 Cup run, but after that, they were off the radar. Even after we moved to Buffalo in August of 2000, I didn’t take to hockey right away. If I said anything about the Sabres, it was usually along the lines of, “These guys are playing again? We need another TV.” But then in 2005-2006, like pretty much everyone in Buffalo, I was sucked in. I started to really watch and before too long, I was taken with the Sabres and hockey.
I had a huge lap desk I usually used while I was watching games – multi-tasking, you know – and being a doodler, I often found myself drawing or writing on it. I caught on to most of the players pretty quickly, but there were three whose numbers just wouldn’t stick in my brain so I jotted them down, making a little cheat sheet.