Everyone who knows me knows I'm a HUGE hockey fan. I've been counting down the days till the start of the season, arranged my studying abroad around the season, and have reserved a section of wall in my room specifically for hockey pictures.
But when I'm watching the game - either at home or in the arena - I always hesitate before I start to cheer on a player by name. It's stupid and silly and ridiculous, but I always feel awkward shouting "Go Teemu!" when he has the puck only because who am I to address him by his first name? He hasn't given me leave to call him Teemu. And if I shouted "Go Mr. Selanne!" - whether at home or in person - people would look at me like I was off my rocker or something.
Okay then, Heather, you say, what about nicknames?
Um, I get upset when people call me something other than my name unless I know them. I don't think it would be right for me to address George Parros as Georgie or Ryan Getzlaf as Getzie without their permission.
However, I have no problem calling Cam Fowler 'Cam' because he's younger than I am. I'm traditional to the point of nausea, right?
I know, I know: I'm overthinking it and I should just call them by name. And I do. But I always hesitate because I don't like being presumptuous about something like that since it's basic etiquette.
Though, even I will admit that there are exceptions to every rule.