Cheering on the Canucks...
We’re cup bound!!! Its Game Day!!! I’m not surrounded by a sea of blue and green with fans going absolutely nuts all around the city…WHAT! So it turns out that even though I’m still in a Canadian city – its just not Vancouver. For some reason I expected the entire country to be a sea of blue and green to support the Canadian team in the Stanley Cup Finals. SHOCKING…I know! But no matter – I’ve found a bar and hanging out with the best of them to see Game 1 of the finals.
We may not be in Rogers Arena but we’ve got beer…we’ve got nachos…we’ve got heart! I’m surrounding by amazing people and even the groom-to-be (it may just be days before the wedding but this was a well deserved break from a little speech writing if I do say so myself!) It’s a nail-biter but the Nucks take Game 1 and everyone starts to hoot and holla – well maybe it was just us and the other table full of Vancouverites but as far as I’m concerned that’s everyone at the bar as we’re the only ones that count!
It’s strange as there’s a part of me that would give up anything to be in Vancouver at this moment but I look around at my posse of misfits and know that this is where I’m meant to be. I’m finally amongst friends (and not the starter kind) and that in itself it as good as win.
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Vancouver Supporting the Canucks
Canucks Are Going to the Finals!
From the moment I arrived in Vancouver to the moment I left – the Canucks were the big story. In Auckland they would ask me what a “Canuck” was or if I was rambling on again about “ice hockey” but at home there was no questions just cup fever. It was as if the city was swimming in a sea of blue and green with “Go Canucks Go” as the official mantra.
I was home to see the battle between the Orca and Sharks. Playoff parties meant delightful and deep-fried finger foods as the teams battled it out. Everyone had their rituals and superstitions. Whether it meant a game watching ritual or not washing the lucky socks or jersey – each person had their way of supporting the Canucks.
Then before I knew it, it was Game 5 and the day before I left Vancouver. The Canucks were up in the series 3-1 and I wanted nothing more to see them win before getting on that plane. In the dying seconds of the 3rd period, Kesler tied the game and everyone was going nuts! We were still in it and could win the west in overtime! We all sat there with bated breath and then in a blink of an eye in the 2nd OT – Bieksa scores. It was insane and its official – we’re cup bound! GO CANUCKS GO!!!
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