Fans taking ink to the rink

DONNA CASEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

In a city gone hockey mad, the love of some Ottawa Senators fans goes more than skin deep.

Joe Hachey has the autographed photos and the rec room shrine but it's the 51-year-old contractor's tattoo that has him wearing his love on his sleeve -- or at least, pretty close.

"I really just wanted to show my dedication to the Sens," said Hachey of the team's official logo he had inked on his right bicep six weeks ago.

After team captain Daniel Alfredsson scored the OT goal that propelled the Sens into the final, Hachey paid a return visit to the Ink Spot tattoo shop on Bank St. to let artist Greg Belanger touch up the body art with "a deeper red."

UNDER THE NEEDLE

Hachey is one of a dozen local Sens fans who have gone under the needle during the team's playoff run, said Belanger, who has a slate of new designs ready for his store front display when the Sens bring home the Stanley Cup.

Buzz McDiarmid, manager and chief tattoo artist at Silver Line Tattoo and Body Piercing, said he's hoping the championship will bring out fans to get their colours for the historic hockey series.

"It's like 'Go, Sens, go.' It's like a hometown pride to get it in a tattoo," said McDiarmid, 32, who learned his trade as a youngster "with a hand-poked sewing needle on the porch of a trailer park."

McDiarmid tattooed a couple in their 20s shortly after Alfie's series-winning goal against Buffalo on May 19.

"A guy and a girl walked in about five minutes after the game was over. They wanted Sens logos. She wanted it on her shoulder blade and he wanted it on his chest," said McDiarmid, who was only happy to oblige.

"About two days before, I gave a guy a Toronto Maple Leafs tattoo and the guy said, 'This is not the right time to get this in Ottawa, is it?' " said McDiarmid.


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