I can remember back when I was about 11 or 12, opening my packs of hockey cards to see what Canuck players I might have. I can remember lying in bed looking at those cards—memorizing their stats.
I can remember going into Scotiabank as a kid—they had a monthly magazine that featured the Canucks. Inside each of the magazines was a two-page poster of one of the players. I didn't have an account at Scotiabank and I wasn't sure I was allowed to have one of the magazines without an account, but I wanted those posters. A year later one whole wall of my bedroom was covered with Scotiabank posters.
I can remember living in a small town in northern BC trying to follow the Canucks as much as I could. We didn't get any games on our local radio station, but occasionally I could get CKNW on my transistor radio late at night (if the weather was good). I can remember being told by Mom and Dad that it was time to go to bed and secretly putting my transistor radio under my pillow. I closed my eyes and pretended to be asleep while listening to Jim Robson call the play by play. I can remember big Bob Dailey and little Bobby LaLonde.
I can remember watching my first live Canucks' game at the Vancouver Coliseum. It was Spring Break and we were traveling down to Vancouver for a holiday—Dad surprised me with some tickets—the Canucks vs California Golden Seals. I can remember taking my little 110 instamatic camera to that game standing close up to the glass during the pre-game skate taking as many pictures as I could.
I can remember when we got our first colour television—was it ever great watching the Canucks in colour!
I can remember when I was at university in Victoria. Mom andDad were then living in Vancouver and I arranged with Dad for the two of us to go to a game. He had the tickets and I was going to meet him on Cambie Street after being dropped off by the bus that came from the ferry. The ferry was late, so dad figured I wasn't coming until the morning so by the time I reached Cambie Street, he had already headed to the game. I hopped on another bus and headed to the Coliseum with suitcase and camera bag in hand. With no cellphones back then there was no way of contacting my dad so I went up to the ticket booth and told them my story. I told them that Dad had my ticket and I was pretty sure I knew where he was sitting—could I please go in to see if I could find him. The agent looked a bit skeptical; however, after offering to leave my suitcase and camera bag, I was allowed to go in. I raced in looking for Dad—first period was just ending, but he wasn't in the section that I thought he'd be in. By the start of the second period, I'd pretty well given up hope that I'd be able to find him so I went back to the ticket agent looking obviously disappointed. The person handed me my suitcase and camera bag and told me I could go back into the game. I didn't have a seat so for the rest of the game I stood at the top of one set of stairs after another leading down to the lower bowl. Holding onto my suitcase I'd watch the game until an usher would tell me I had to move on. By the end of the game I think I'd probably met most of the ushers. I never did meet up with Dad until later that evening at home after the game.
I can remember lining up for tickets for games 3 and 4 for the 1982 Finals against the Islanders. Arrived at the Coliseum at about 4:30a.m.—tickets were sold out before I even got to the ticket booth.
I can remember game 7 against the Rangers in 1994-and the disappointment I felt after the game.
I remember some pretty dismal seasons, I've lived through some disappointing losses, but I haven't given up. I am still a Canucks fan. I live in Calgary now and proudly have the Canucks' flag on my car.
Despite the fact that the Canucks have been like Jekyll and Hyde these SCF I am really looking forward to Wednesday night's game. It is going to be a great game. In years to come I SO MUCH want to be able to say "I remember back on June 15th, 2011 when the Vancouver Canucks hoisted their first Stanley Cup!"
Go Canucks Go!
Edited by canucksfan-since-forever, 14 June 2011 - 12:09 PM.