I was so ecxited I could barely sleep the night before, and after only one English class at uni that morning, I was on my way.
First stop: A friends place. He's a Red Wings fan but was just as excited as I was. Before we got going, we had some homemade cheesesteaks (as you can't find any in Germany). A forty-five minute ride via subway later, we arrived at TUI Arena.
And then came the warmups. Sitting in the first row right next to the Eisbären bench, we could watch them close up during their warmups. When G and Danny skated by, my heart skipped a beat. Finally I saw two of our guys.
The game itself was great, too. Hanover scored within the first minute, but Berlin didn't take long to respond (although it required video review), with Giroux tallying an assist (he didn't score a goal, but showed some sick moves late in the game). As the game progressed, it went back and forth which eventually led to OT. Berlin goalie Rob Zepp secured one point for the Eisbären when he made a Hasek-like save, dropping his stick and grabbing the puck with his blocker hand sliding across his crease. Berlin went on to win an exciting game in OT.
As for the crowd, there were really not that many people in the arena, official numbers being little more than 2000. I could even spot some Flyers jerseys, including a sweet 90s orange Primeau sweater (and also a guy with a Penguins Winter Classic Letang jersey. That guy certainly had no taste whatsoever).
Of course, I took some pictures which you can find here. Some are a bit blurred, but you can see how close I actually was to the ice and the players.
I also shot some videos, which you can find on my Facebook page.
To sum it up, that was some incredible stuff right there. I probably won't ever be that close to Philly players again, so this is a game I will remember for a long time.
I hope you enjoy my pics and videos.