OH, WE HAVE HISTORY…
And by “we”, I mean the Vancouver Canucks and I.
In light of the upcoming Vancouver Canucks 2008/2009 Season, I thought it would be a good idea to give the readers of this blog an idea of the love affair between the ‘Nucks and myself. And, Trevor Linden.
When I was about 5 years old, I started to understand the Vancouver Canucks play-by-play announcers on the radio. Over the next decade and a bit, I would cuddle up with my dad and watch Hockey Night in Canada, listen to Tom and Shorty on CKNW, and catch nearly all the games on TV or radio. I would even grab my dinky radio-alarm clock and turn it down to the lowest volume so my parents wouldn’t catch me, and listen to the post-game shows late into the night.
Even when I went away to University in the East, I saved all my pennies and bought NHL Centre Ice, just so I could catch Canucks game. (They had little to no coverage of Western hockey teams in Ontario) Up again voracious Leafs and Habs fan, I stood my ground and proudly wore my Canucks jersey around campus and in bars.
When I finally moved back home and got a job in the video game industry, my relationship status to the ‘Nucks changed from “in a relationship” to “married”. I decorated my work cubicle with jerseys, flags, and even Trevor Linden’s rookie player card. I watched and listened to every single game. I managed to catch Trevor Linden outside of Vij’s restaurant and got him to autograph my jersey (no, I wasn’t stalking him — I happened to be eating there too). I Took the journey with my favourite announcers Tom and Shorty from CKNW to Team 1040, went to a few Canucks games, and wore my Canucks jersey every single day leading up to the playoffs and all through the playoffs (even at work).
The 2006/2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs rolled around and I decided that I would watch one round of playoff hockey, even if it killed me. I sold my soul and went to all of the Round 1 playoff home games. I even got Tommy Santala to toss me a puck in the 1st game of Round 1 (yep that 7 period hockey game).
This year will be different. My hero and lifelong crush Trevor Linden retired last year. Marcus and Mo are gone, and a few others. But that won’t stop me from continuing to be a Canucks fan.
Hope you enjoyed tonight’s first pre-season game. I’ll be back tomorrow to write a recap of tonight’s game as well as cover the first pre-season home game and… THE NEW OPENING SONG!
I can’t wait for the real season to start.