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I had a great time at Con.Txt this weekend - it was my first con EVAR! On Saturday during the DIY block, [personal profile] corbae and I split off from the general RPS DIY panel to talk about Hockey RPF. A group of us sat in the ConSweet and chatted about how the sport works, fics we've enjoyed, hilarious/ridiculous things hockey players do on twitter and youtube, and some things we like and would like to see more often.

I took some rough notes and [personal profile] corbae and I worked up this recap.



Hockey 101
There are some basic primers for how hockey works, so that you can have an idea of what game these dudes are playing. We had a hand-drawn rink at our table, but here are some online resources:

-Rinks and rules! A hilarious primer.
-I really like How To Hockey for more detailed stuff, like if you're curious how a slapshot works!
-NHL rules on Wikipedia, if you are like me and care about the nuances of icing.

What to Read: Recs
We talked a lot about things we enjoyed reading. I'm sure I missed some, so feel free to rec more things in comments!

Sources for Recs
Thefourthvine's hockey intro post and hockey recs are a good place to start for fics. Dine is also a good recs source, and we mentioned puckling as well.

Stories We Like
These are divided by trope/theme, roughly in the order we talked about them.

There are a lot of sex work AUs in hockey RPF! (This is one of my personal favorite tropes, so I appreciate it.) We listed off a bunch very quickly:
- Jeff/Eric hookerfic (chatfic) by [personal profile] impertinence and [personal profile] shoemaster, Jeff Skinner/Eric Staal
- Julia Roberts Sits on a Throne of Lies by [personal profile] smithereen, Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews
- Knocking Me Dead by beatperfume, Ryan Kesler/Andrew Ladd
- Escort!Seabs by [personal profile] shoemaster, Duncan Keith/Brent Seabrook
- Hooker!Bobby (chatfic) by [personal profile] shoemaster and [personal profile] go_gentle, Bobby Ryan/Ryan Getzlaf

edit: - A story where Kaner makes bad life choices which lead to him becoming a prostitute, which I hope someone else has a link for! Haha, look at me failing at taking notes. Kaner is not a sex worker in this story, but he did make questionable life choices: Never Face The Music (When It’s Dire) by notamagnet, Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews.

Some of us mentioned liking high school AUs. We talked about how in some high school stories, the the characters are still hockey players and there's a lot of hockey in the stories, which is pretty cool. I didn't catch any specific stories from this conversation, but here are a few I like:
- the best parts of lonely by liketheroad, Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews
- Extra Curriculars by beatperfume, riadsala, and shoemaster, Brent Seabrook/Duncan Keith and Ryan Kesler/Andrew Ladd
- do it how you want it done by zarathuse, Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews, the summer love Kaner/Tazer high school AU!

We mentioned wanting more coming out stories - more about this in the wishlist section, below. Here are two recs from the panel for non-AU fics where hockey players deal with coming out:
- Heart in Hand (locked to AO3 users) by salifiable, Sidney Crosby/Alexander Ovechkin
- tied if we stay by staraflur, Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews fake boyfriends twitter outing

Multipartner fic was another thing on our wishlist. Here are a few ones we rec'd that are already out there:
- Tastes So Good by doctor_denmark, Jordan Eberle/Taylor Hall/Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
- Homemaker, Game Changer by mockturtletale, Jordan Eberle/Taylor Hall/Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
- Once, Twice, Three Times a Broshie by queeniegalore, Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews/TJ Oshie
We didn't mention Sidney Crosby/Geno Malkin/Jordan Staal fic at the panel, but here's one as a bonus track on the multipartner recs list:
- gonna come my way by Katarin, Sidney Crosby/Geno Malkin/Jordan Staal

Jeff Skinner/Eric Staal got some discussion, because it is great. Besides the hooker!Jeff fic above, we mentioned:
- Enough To Crush Your Veins by doctor_denmark, nanny Jeff
- If Heaven's Hypothetical by impertinence and shoemaster, runaway Jeff

Other random crossovers and hockey-themed FPF we talked about:
- Incidental Contact by shoemaster, Johnny Weir/Brent Seabrook and Brent Seabrook/Duncan Keith, Vancouver olympics!

- Malibu Avengers by cy_chase, Clint/Coulson hockey AU


Fandom Wish List
We talked some about things we like and would enjoy more of in hockey RPF!

- Tag fics with team names! This is especially helpful for people who are newer and may not know all the players' names yet, or for people getting into a certain team.

- Is there femslash for women's hockey? Could we get some? 2010 Olympics women's teams fic would be rad.

- More PK Subban! And more PK/Carey Price (#parttimegoaliefulltimeredneck).

- Brooks Laich/Mike Green fic! We talked about the adorableness of Brooks Laich's Caps Cribs vid where Mike talks about having to stay over with Brooksy because he locked himself out (starts around 3:09) and then they ate breakfast together. Sounds like the plot of a fic to me. (Mike Green's Caps Crips is also hilarious, if only because Brooksy follows him around the apartment mocking him.)

- We would like more coming out stories, especially ones that deal with You Can Play. Would NHL players put their money where their YouTube is if a player came out? We mentioned two fics in this category, which are in the recs set above.

- Multipartner fic! We talked about some ones we've read and enjoyed - see the recs set.

Assorted Squee and Shenanigans

- We watched the terribad Blackhawks Christmas carols vid, lol'd about the Kaner Shuffle, and discussed the saddest Sidney Crosby commercial.

- Recap of The Ballad of Carts and Richie and dramatic reading of the #needaroommate tweet. Here's a link to the epic Mike Richards/Jeff Carter primer, and just for fun:


description: A screencapped tweet from Mike Richards' twitter, text: "Reunited and it feels so good...... Excited to be back playing with Carts #needaroommate"


description: Mike Richards and Jeff Carter from behind. Not pictured: the Stanley Cup.

- We talked a little bit about how thin the fourth wall can be with hockey players on twitter, which I described like this and someone promptly wrote on the quote wall:


description: "The fanfic is coming from inside the house!"



I think that's it! I had a great time, and thanks to everyone who came. Please feel free to add things I missed, correct my inevitable silly mistakes, and offer more recs and resources in comments. I will post a link to this on the [community profile] con_txt comm when it opens for recap posting!
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