I live on the coast now, but for years I was a Canes season tix holder when I lived in Raleigh. In the 2005-06 Stanley Cup year, we were season ticket holders and neighbors of head coach Peter Lavoilette and family, a family we carpooled with for little league hockey and baseball. That was magic. When full, the RBC center is an amazing hockey environment.

I've not been excited about the Canes since about 2009...til the day they hired Rod Brind A'Mour as coach a few months ago. I think he's going to be a great coach for a long time. It's early, but the Canes are off to the best start in franchise history, and are playing a fast, aggressive exciting brand of hockey.