There really aren’t any. If you can stand there and cheer for your team and just love them, that’s all that matters. If you’re being a supportive and respectful fan, nothing else should matter. Who cares how long you’ve been a fan? The players certainly don’t. They will never be able to differentiate between a lifer and noob. All they hear is you screaming their name and it swells their heart with pride. Being a hockey fan isn’t like being a licensed driver. You don’t have to pass a test to obtain your “hockey fan card.” People can’t suspend it. It doesn’t have an expiration date or a date for when you obtained it. There are no police for being a hockey fan. Just stand there and scream for your team or your multiple teams. It doesn’t matter, because at the end of the game, we all blur into one huge mass to the players on the ice. We are all fans. Not bandwagoners, season ticket holders, lifers, puck bunnies or any of that nonsense. To them we’re all fans, just like they once were.