<a href="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/12/dec2209_diesel_3_b.jpg" border="0"><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2009/12/dec2209_diesel_3_gw.jpg" class="imageFloatLeftFramed"></a>Upon request from Kevin Kinghorn..and again for Fans who may have missed it, My 'Canuck Fan in Afghanistan' Article.
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!