Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 10/26/08 at 08:07 AM ET
The Vancouver Canucks are pleased to announce the launch of the “7th Canuck” initiative to celebrate the passion of Canucks fans and their role in supporting the team over the years. Prior to each home game, one individual will act as an ambassador of Canucks fans and unveil the “7th Canuck” banner to symbolize the home-ice advantage Canucks fans provide to the team.
A great idea and a nice gesture—but there was still a bit of confusion out there.
Upon seeing the end of the ceremony which dropped the banner above from the roof, a commenter on Lowetide’s game post remarked:*
Is it just me, or [did] Vancouver just retire their fans?
Made me laugh. And can you blame the guy for wondering?! It had that kind of atmosphere.
Here’s the video for anyone who missed the pre-game events. And in all seriousness, I think it was a rather nice idea by the Canucks.
Anyway, a few stray thoughts post-game:
- Edmonton is the new Colorado. Where I once hated the Avalanche with a passion known only to kittens facing down hungry rottweilers, I’ve transferred much of that bile towards the Oilers. (Strange how those are always the best games to watch, too; the ones with the hate.)
- Scott Oake on CBC after the 1st period was speaking with Mason Raymond and kept calling him “Macy.” And he did that four times on the air, never once addressing him by his actual name. Wtf was that about? I can’t be the only person who found that weird.
- Stating the Obvious: Burrows/Kesler/Hansen/Krog all good stories.
- Stating the Worrisome: Not a great night for Steve Bernier.
- Stating the Most Unpopular Thing I’m Liable to Ever Say in My Life: I like Kyle Wellwood and hope the Canucks can keep him clicking.
- A Canucks fan was thrown out of the game in the 3rd period, causing a delay in play. Anyone know what that was about? No stink bombs were thrown and I’m curious what else could hold up a hockey game from the stands.
Scoring four on the powerplay proved that the hard work paid off. Well, that and the fact that home is where the Canuck heart is—both being in GM Place, as well as playing a more familiar team.
The Canucks may not be tearing up the NHL yet, but 3-for-3 against the NW division so far this season is a reassuring stat.
Not to mention, beating the Oilers is just plain fun.
*hat-tip to the Yankee Canuck
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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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