As we all know by now, the Capitals, in a desperate bid to get anyone in the Beltway area to go out with Jeff Schultz (owner of the NHL’s least proportional ears), have started have started Club Scarlet, a club for female Capitals fans only.
And they’ve caught a surprising amount of flak over it, for reasons that I don’t quite understand.
But I did some digging and found that there are several other clubs that only people of a certain background can join.
There is, of course, the notable San Jose Sharks fan club, KISS (Knights in the Sharks’ Service).
To join, you have to enjoy terrible arena rock from the 1970s that has inexplicably retained many fans despite some members’ numerous attempts to render the band more irrelevant than it already is. You also can’t just walk around wearing Peter Kriss’ facepaint. That’s copyrighted. Find your own or Gene Simmons will sue you.
Boston was not without its own fan club, the Baby Bruins, but it was for children under the age of three.
Incidentally, these fans did less crying at games than most current Bruins fans do now about how they’ve been fans since Ray Bourque turned 10 years old and look how many bandwagoners are showing up now and they don’t even remember the Jean-Yves Roy era godddddd!
All six Canadian teams once got together to form a club consisting of only fans around which most people would be quite embarrassed. It was a huge success.
One would also be remiss in not mentioning the Red Wings’ club that was only for masters of disguise. In their meetings before each of the last few seasons, they’ve all agreed to go as empty seats.
Then there was the Thrashers’ now-defunct attempt to reach out to the urban community that is not stereotypically interested in hockey. Sadly, only one man ever joined the club.
Perhaps the only sports fan club ever for non-humans was the Hellcats, a Devils group just for its feline fans.
They can haz teh trapp.