The Stages of Becoming an Oilers fan

Caroline Szwed
1 year ago
Okay Oilersnation! So since we’re only getting one hockey game per week these days, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and think about the last several months.
As you all know, I came to Edmonton as a Toronto Maple Leafs fan and the story goes that my fiance (Physio Mike) brainwashed me into becoming an Oilers fan. I cannot confirm or deny this.
Anyways, I spent some time going through my Twitter feed from a few months ago and I thought to myself, “I should make a timeline of what my experience has been like,” and boom, here we are!
Welcome to the stages I went through to become an Oilers fan.

Stage 1: Calm before the storm:

The excitement and anticipation sets in. This is a new adventure!

Stage 2: Like not Love

It’s Game Day! I’m excited to be here in Edmonton but the Toronto girl is creeping back in just a little.

Stage 3: PTSD

As someone who spent her whole life cheering for the Leafs, I have a lot of healing to do. This was a perfect example of my gut trying to tell me something I already knew.

Stage 4: Distracted

Hey, it’s easy to ignore your gut when you have something like the BoA to look forward to! Watching my first BoA as a new Edmontonian was a seriously cool experience and made me forget about all my worries. (Thanks Kassian!)

Stage 5: Magic

Okay, so now we’re at the point where the team started to do SO well that I thought I was witnessing something much bigger than hockey happen here in Edmonton.

Stage 6: Commitment

I fell in love with the city, the community, the fans and the team so much, that I began to move forward without hesitation.

Stage 7: Home

This whole, “becoming an Oilers fan” experience made me realize that Edmonton is home. It may be really cold here but this is where I’m supposed to be.

Stage 8: Acceptance into the Donair community

A true honour and a privilege. But the true question is, with lettuce or without?

Stage 9: True fan

I am so invested, excited and amped that getting a Stuart Skinner tattoo on my forehead may have crossed my mind during this crazy game against the Jets.

Stage 10: Red Flags

I had heard of these slow starts in Edmonton but I chose to believe it would be different this season. As a rookie fan, I thought that the start to the season was so incredible … there’s no way that it could go sideways. At this point, I remember thinking, “how bad could it get?”

Stage 11: Pain

This is the moment where I realized I ignored the red flags…
This is the moment where I realized slow starts (and more) actually were a thing…

Stage 12: More Pain

…that losing back-to-back games to the two worst teams in the Metropolitan division is definitely possible! Also, just because one really bad losing streak was snapped, doesn’t mean it won’t happen again.
But despite the pain, I still have faith because I’m in the best company with the realest fans in the league!
All jokes aside, this has been the most entertaining rollercoaster ride I’ve been on and I wouldn’t go back if I could! I always will have a soft spot in my heart for the Maple Leafs but I’m here in Edmonton now for better or for worse. Thank you to everyone who has accepted me with open arms and for showing me the way. The reason I fell hard for this city and this team is because of the community and the people! You all rock!
Now, I leave this article on Stage 12: More Pain because we’re currently in it (send prayers). However, I hope that there is some kind of light at the end of the tunnel. For those who have been life long Oilers fans, please let me know what stage I should be prepared for next (haha).
To Be Continued!

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