Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 11/04/08 at 02:13 PM ET
Iain MacIntyre at the Vancouver Sun:
They’ve made you laugh and made you cry, given you hope and left you despondent, enraged and uplifted you. You love them. You hate them, but never for long. You could probably live without them but can’t imagine the deprivation.
The Vancouver Canucks are the longest-running melodrama in our city, as indispensible as they are exasperating. Next Monday, after 38 years, the Canucks take their story - your story - to the big screen at theatres around B.C.
The National Hockey League team is releasing a feature-length documentary entitled Forever Faithful - The Canucks Movie.
Movie trailer and more below:
The documented life of Canucks fans and their relationship with their team… and it’s not a horror movie.
The film will be shown in theatres for just one day from the looks of it, then I think we can guess it’ll be on DVD just in time to slip under the Christmas tree.
And will Canucks fans buy it? Good god, will we ever…
The film was commissioned by the Vancouver Canucks and was apparently another brainchild of the team’s scary-smart president, Chris Zimmerman. Seriously, this guy is so good at sports branding and making money, I’m stunned every day that he wasn’t scooped up by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Anyway, truth be told this kind of sports documentary is exactly the kind of thing I really enjoy. The fact that it was filmed during a season that came to such a bad ending—missing the playoffs—is unfortunate for the team’s marketers but I think that’s what makes it perfect.
After all, if you’re going to make a doc about the culture of Vancouver hockey fans, a season that ends in disappointment and trauma is probably the perfect dénouement.
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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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