This season has been legendary. A coaching change, the trades, the struggles, the triumphs; this season was better than a Hollywood movie.
As long as the hockey season is, each one feels like a lifetime. So much can happen in 82 regular season and 24 playoff games. Anything from injuries to personnel shake-ups can change the the course of a season from 10th place in the conference to Stanley Cup Champions.
A lot can happen in real life over 106 games, as well. If you had told me in October that I would have met people this season that I can't believe I ever lived without, I would have assumed that you consume large amounts of cough syrup, Cobra Scorpion whiskey, and Vicodin - together and quite often.
Well, here we are, two days removed from the greatest day I've ever known and I can tell you, without a doubt, that there are people in my life now, that weren't in it last season. Those people have changed my life forever.
I'm not even sure there are enough words in the English language to express how much this season has meant to me. Without this season, and really, the Cup run of last season, my life would be so much different. It's crazy to think how hockey can bring people together, but it truly can. People don't believe this crazy insane story, but that's ok, because I like my life crazy and insane.
All I can do is say thank you. Thank you to the Pittsburgh Penguins for making me the happiest I have ever been. Thank you to the great sport of hockey for being well, great. Your greatness is what brings people together. Thank you to the amazingly wonderful people I have met this season. You truly have no idea how much you mean to me.
Here's to many more glorious seasons of Stanley Cup runs, plotting, gong shows, and all-out ridiculousness.