Well our hockey holiday is soon coming to an end! I have absolutely loved my vacation from the coolest game on Earth. I quivered with hope while the Whitecaps played their first playoff game in October. I watched a Lions game, and I wrote about it even.
But there’s more….
When you think about it, the hours we would have spent watching hockey: 40 games, at three hours, well that’s three work weeks… and that’s only if you watch one team.
Of course there are a lot of good things to arise from having a hockey team: it makes a city a nicer place to live; People drink more, perhaps and bars and restaurants flourish; every 17 years glaziers have brisk business; there is something also called “joy” that people seem to appreciate.
THE TURNING POINT
With the joy, for a Canuck fan of 40 years, is the pain and disappointment of the past. We look upon the past few years as a golden time. I think the turning point was February 2nd 2009 against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Canucks were on an 8 game winless streak. Alain Vignault had just placed Alexandre Burrows on the top line with the Sedins a few games before, and Burrows broke a 3-3 tie with just over a minute left to send GM Place into pandemonium.
He celebrated by (not really) snapping his stick over his knee, to “snap” the losing streak, and this moment turned out to be the turning point for the season, and some say, the franchise.
They finsished the season strong, and I was starting to look like a hockey genius (more on that later).
A few months later Burrows signed a reasonably good contract with a discount, and shared with us his vision for the Vancouver Canucks.
He wanted to create a “dynasty” in Vancouver.
He said it: “dynasty.”
Let me explain
I had tickets to the Game against the Carolina Hurricanes that night, it was that day that I made my boldest prediction of all time: The Canucks are going to win, they are going to dominate the rest of the season, and they are going to win five straight Stanley Cups. Not One, FIVE… CANUCK DYNASTY!!
I don’t think this past four years is quite a dynasty, but it isn’t bad, especially in the salary cap era. Two straight President’s trophies, and I have lost count of how many division titles.
This is the best team I have ever seen. I don’t mean the best Canucks team. This is the best team I have ever seen.
BUT NO CUP
When they didn’t win in 2009, I thought “four out of five ain’t bad.” That number reduced to three, and then two. Now it has reduced to one.
In this shortened season, dare we dream of “total domination” on the ice? Another scoring title? A hat trick of president’s trophies, an undefeated post-season….an amazing IPA from Oregon with perfectly balanced hops, a nice bite, and delicious aftertaste.
So far one of those things has come true, and one out of five isn’t bad!
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