by Marlin Olynyk
These are the faces that make up the NHL. They're not the faces that grace team posters or endorse hockey equipment. They're the ones whose grins don't fade after hours-long lineups to pose for a photo with the Stanley Cup or catch a glimpse of their favourite hockey player.
At the 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Fair in the Ottawa Convention Centre, thousands of hockey fans celebrated their favourite sport, the players and, most of all, the ritual of their gathering. Without them, the game would truly not go on.