First was the fli...
First was the fli...
By a Fan..for the Fan's
My Alarm sounds.
Today isn't an ordinary Day for me, I'm not waking up and putting on my slippers and flicking on the morning news to get a weather update before I drive to CFB Edmonton. No, Today it is 6:30am Afghanistan local time and I am rolling over to stream in the sounds of Rick Ball and Tom Larscheid to serenade me as I rub the sleep of another long day out of my eyes...Ahhh, The ultimate 'wake-up call' I think to myself.
My name is Mack Reid, A Corporal working with 1 Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry's Combat Support Company on my first Tour of Duty in Afghanistan serving our fine Country. I grew up in Northern B.C idolizing Trevor Linden and Pavel Bure, My Winter's spent glued to the screen watching the Canuck's game, When I wasn't playing my own hockey, of course.
Back to reality, I wake up in the mornings realizing I am a long way from Home and my normal schedule that i'm used to, Especially a Winter where i'm not shovelling my driveway and wading through a foot of snow, rather, a Winter where I have traded my Shovel for a Rifle and my Snow Boots for a pair of Desert Tans to trot through the Talcum Powder-like Sand. This doesn't stop me from listening to as many games as my work schedule permits. There are some things that even a Tour Overseas can't change, Like when I was in a small T.V room packed with fans of the Montreal Canadiens, and I, in the middle wearing my Blue,Green with White trim smiling and nodding as the Canucks pounded then into the ice 7-1, or waking up at 3:30am and doing my goal celebration dance 3 times infront of the faces of frustrated Maple Leafs fans.
I feel like i'm a world away from it all, even though I am apart of a different type of action, I still try to live my life through the on-ice action of the Canucks to pass the days when i'm not busy working. I know i'm apart of a big family in the Military, but i'm also apart of a second Family, which is, Canuck Nation.
I would like to give a special thanks to the great people of the Canucks Fan Forum who have kept me up-to-date as the 82 Game Season pushes forward, I would also like to thank Jonathan McDonald for this opportunity to share a bit of my story and to get the word out about the great Fans of the Canucks and to tell the Canucks themselves that Canuck Nation is rooting for them here in the heat of the Desert thousands of KM's away.
GO CANUCKS GO...
This week for me hasn't really been very easy, on the 19th of December I was in the Role 3 hospital having surgery on my lower back to remove a growth, I know, not at all rough compared to the other troops I was sharing the Ward with.
I am having to miss duty for the next 8 days due to not being able to sit down or move around properly, so not being with my crew or at work really bummed me out, not until I received something today I will cherish for the rest of my life.
My mom had written a very nice letter to Trevor Linden sometime in October, sharing my story and referring him to my upcoming article in the November 29th issue of 'Canuck Nation' in the Vancouver Province Newspaper (I just found out about said letter earlier in the evening). My Sgt came into my room tonight and handed me a 'FEDEX' parcel stamped with the Vancouver Canucks address, I had no idea what to expect. To my amazement I pulled out a blue Vancouver Canucks jersey with the big '16' and 'LINDEN' on the back with a big signature running north to south along the '6' I instantly recognized the penmanship of the one and only, Trevor Linden, as I have an autographed picture of him I received as a young boy when I used to write to all the Canucks players.
I sat there for a few minutes in utter shock, turning the jersey over and running my fingers over the stitching, It is like a dream come true. I wanted to write this blog reminding everybody that Mr. Vancouver Canuck, The heart and soul of the franchise, The man who we all got misty eye'd over when they raised his number into the rafters is still a total class act.
Trevor, it's people like you who are not only heroes and role models to many people out there, from young hockey players, to just regular joe's such as myself who had the thrill of watching you play for our favorite team, that make my job really easy and gives me a solid reminder of why I would serve my country at the drop of a hat.
Thanks again, Trevor and to the management/front office staff who made this possible for me.
I will be in the seats on January 25th cheering until i lose my voice as the Canucks host the Sabres.
GO CANUCKS GO...