Me_ Posted July 10, 2015 Share Posted July 10, 2015 At the 2015 Summer Summit, Jim Benning gets drilled by a live fan question who showed the emotion we all feel as true Canucks fans. The question went like this: "Why are you spending so much money on the fourth line with Dorsett and Prust", "There's $5,000,000.00 between those two guys" The second part of the question was: "I keep hearing playoff, playoff, playoff, but I'm not hearing Cup. The Sedins have maybe three years left... they were top 10 scorers last year, they proved to us they can play at a high level still and we're still going to the playoffs". The man proceeded to say the magic words: "I wanna win a Cup. And I don't know if you guys wanna win a Cup, I wanna win a Cup". The crowd got behind the man with the question and a front was fast created, full of passion, emotion and cheers. Here is what Jim Benning had to say: "I love the passion of our fans and..." to which the crowd suddenly turned around with laughter. The crowd now cheered Benning on. As the cheering continues, Benning says: "...and the emotion. If we could take the energy and this emotion and transport it to our team, then we'll be closer to winning a Stanley Cup." There it is. The Connection. The connection between fan and team media that creates that extra energy and emotion needed to win the Cup. Like Boston against the Canucks. Never have I seen such a rally of fans in hockey as in Boston in 2011. Boston wins that battle by far. It is that battle that could not have been won in Vancouver; the Vancouver media joined the Boston bandwagon by not defending its own team. Not one team could have won against that barrage of yellow and black waiving rabbid alliance between team, fandom and media that eventually got to our own Canadian icon Don Cherry. The war was already over when the Canucks fought that last battle; deflated, tails between their legs like wet cats at the end of a storm. The Canucks' fate was sealed in part because of one 23 year old player named Brad Marchand. Why? Because he could. Benning doesn't waste time in elaborating, very clearly, on how to get there: "We're going to do things the right way around here. We're drafting right, we're drafting players that we win with... you've seen in Bo Horvat, you've seen one of those players and Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann and Brock Boeser." "Part of getting that 3rd round pick was to draft Guilliaume Brisebois. If we would have got a 2nd round pick, that was the guy we were going to draft. Guilliaume Brisebois is going to be a top four defenseman for us going forward. We're really excited to get him at the top of the 3rd." Benning then elaborates on what the reasoning is, behind spending so much money on a 4th line involving Dorsett and Prust: "To answer your question about the fourth line. When we analyzed where we came up short in the playoffs, Calgary played with more emotion than we did. Michael Ferland was running around and we need to be able to rise to that occasion in the playoffs and play with emotion. With Brandon Prust, we're going to brind in young players. L.A. got tougher getting Lucic. Other teams around us got tougher. I don't want our young players to get picked on this year. I want them to go out, to be able to play, and feel comfortable and with Dorsett and Prust in the lineup, they're going to create a safe working environment for our young players." There it is. The team can do what it can to win a Cup; draft right, develop players right, guide our young players in the right direction and protect them on the ice. However, the ingredient that makes or breaks a team, is its fans. Unfortunately, fans in this city are at the mercy of the media, that is comprised of a group of men on the other side of the life trip who have coffee together, and who each possess a seeming personal vendeta to seek and destroy wherever fun might be. That emotion the grumpy media personalities in this town din't want to go along with, wins Cups. If we can break that, we will have a Cup. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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