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Here’ is Andrea Gallo’s letter that she sent to Commissioner Gary Bettman. It’s a powerful one:
Dear Commissioner Bettman,
I’m a New York Rangers season ticket holder. I was so excited about their Spring run that I decided I’d write a book about following them this season. It’s called “DIE-HARD: A dying fan’s year of NHL hockey.”
You see, I’m living with stage four stomach cancer, so I’m not sure if I’ll expire before Brad Richards’ contract does.
In the last 18 months, seeing hockey live with 18,200 close friends has been an honest-to-God life-affirming way to spend many of my evenings. Now I’m going to have to write on the LOSS of the pro game. Ugh.
Hockey runs deep in my blood. My father was a Bruins season ticket holder. When we moved to New York when I was ten, I picked up on the local kids’ sports allegiances. He said to me “Well, at least you’re Original Six.” Even he could understand my infatuation with Jean Ratelle and the GAG Line. Of course, the Bruins were Bobby Orr’s beasts back then and he must’ve thought my fandom was misguided.