Here is writing one suuuper happy blogger right now! As you know, I'm one of the three Champion hockey league's official fan ambassadors for Tampereen Tappara. So, last Sunday (the 11th September) was our second home game against Adler Mannheim and it was also a special day for us ambassadors, since it was the time for our ''prize''.
Before the game started, we went for our ''behind the scenes''-tour at the ice hall. It was great to see so many things that usually you don't get to see! First we went to the locker room, and even tho I've seen many pictures and videos from there, it's nothing until you actually step in there. It was pretty much a dream come true to be there. After the locker room tour we got to see how the workers get the games to our tv-screens and what happens on off the ice while the game is going on. It was such a rewarding tour, we saw so many things and it was amazing to see how many people are putting effort to this hockey community.
From the tour we went to find our places and sat down to watch the game. Both teams played very well, Mannheim played a bit more physical than we here in Finland are used to, but in its entirety the game was good and very pleasant game to watch. And the best thing (for us) is that we won! And by the win, we're heading to the next phase of CHL, and my job as a fan ambassador isn't over yet!
When the game ended, we got to meet our top scorer, Henrik Haapala, and have a little chat with him. He answered our questions and it was nice to hear his thoughts about the upcoming hockey season for example. He's a very sweet and nice guy so the whole meet and greet was smooth and 'casual'.
Sunday was very long and tiring day, but I don't remember the last time I was that happy, it seriously was and is one of the best days of my life and I'll never forget that. A special thank you for that evening goes to Champions hockey league, who made all that possible. I am more than honoured to be in this position as an official fan ambassador for Tampereen Tappara.
Hope you enjoyed reading about my Great day at CHL, until the next time!