When the puck drops for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight, the Canucks will be in a position they’ve been in just one other time in their 40-year history.
Win the game, win the Stanley Cup.
A couple of days ago, Ed posted some nice sentiments about this Cup Run, and he’s right in that, win or lose, the 2010/2011 season has given us some great memories already.
But I’d like to take it one step further – I want them to win the whole damn thing.
I want them to win it for the long-time fans, who’ve suffered through mostly mediocre seasons and whose highlights include two previous losses in the Stanley Cup Finals and a few first and second round exits.
I want them to win it for the new fans, including my parents and youngest sister, who, until this year, rarely watched the games. Now, we spend many game nights watching the Canucks together.
I want them to win it for Luc, who most certainly would’ve been part of this team had tragedy not struck 3 years ago, and whose best friend, Alex Burrows, still honors him with every big goal he’s scored in these playoffs.
I want them to win it for May Ray, who has to watch Game 7 from a Boston hospital with a broken back thanks to a late and reckless hit by Johnny Boychuk.
But most importantly, I want them to win it for each other. Despite their numerous accomplishments on the ice this season and the numerous contributions they’ve given in the community, the Canucks have been vilified by a biased national media, both in Canada and the USA. They’ve been called chokers and cheaters and divers. Their manhood have been questioned and their fanbase have been ridiculed. Most of them have never gone this far in the playoffs, and with the talent and depth that GM Mike Gillis has assembled, this could be their best chance of winning the whole thing. But also for some, it could be their only chance.
This franchise has been the butt of jokes for a lot of their 40 years. A Stanley Cup win would do wonders to change that.