Canucks Fever Is Sweeping Across Vancouver Island

Photo: Kristen Douglas/The Mirror

At the end of May, 1994 I was a month away from graduating junior high school, desperately hopeful that my awful perm would disappear by summer and excitedly cheering on the Vancouver Canucks alongside my brother and my dad. BC’s hockey team was on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since I was in diapers.

Sadly the Canucks were defeated by the New York Rangers but 17 years later, the Vancouver Canucks are once again preparing to engage in battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup. The only difference is that this time they’ll be bringing the Cup home! Though parties are breaking out on the streets of downtown Vancouver on a regular basis, fans on Vancouver Island are feeling the fever just the same…

Campbell River – The famous “Big Rock” on the shores south of Campbell River have become even more noticeable after local resident Steven Ordano constructed a Canuck-shuk made of local driftwood and resembling hockey hero Roberto Luongo. Visitors to Campbell River will have no doubt that the seaside city is bursting with Canucks fans!

Nanaimo – With Finals tickets averaging over $900 – each – families are looking for more affordable and family -friendly ways to catch the games. The Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association was recently proud to announce that Playoff games will be broadcast on a big screen at Diana Krall Plaza. Game 1 kicks off on Wednesday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m. Bleachers and outhouses will be available but spectators are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and lawn chairs. [DNBIA Online]

Victoria – Canucks fans in Victoria can be a part of social media history this evening as three local mega fans – Alex Hodgson, Jeff Thompson and Chika Murugiah – are creating a tribute video for their beloved NHL team. Don your Canucks gear and head to Sopranos Bar & Grill at 730 Caledonia Avenue to show your support. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Is your Island community sharing the excitement over the Vancouver Canucks’ run for the Cup? Let me know and I’ll post the event here!

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