All photos by Canucks photographer Jeff Vinnick.
All photos by Canucks photographer Jeff Vinnick.
I spend a lot of time thinking about sports, and more specifically, why watching sports matters. Seriously, a lot of time. I’m sure I’m weird, but it keeps me up at night sometimes. A lot of nasty things happen that tend to be centered around sports. It’s easy to start wondering why you bother supporting something so strongly that can have such a dark edge.
Then, if you fall in love with a team like the Canucks who always manage to lose it all in the most hulk smash of your heart way possible, you really start to wonder why you bother watching sports. But, sports do matter.
They matter for me because they connect me to people. They make me feel a part of something. Sometimes life isn’t going how you imagined it is supposed to. Sometimes all that’s getting you through a day is knowing you can turn on your TV at night and watch some Swedish twins score a beautiful goal. Other times, you are shuffling along in a fabulous mood, and hockey is just an excuse to energetically cheer and clap and put a voice to your fabulous mood.
The Canucks have shown me twice this week that sports matter. This article from the team website about a transgender goalie named Cory and his meeting with Cory Schneider is amazing. The Canucks have been one of the pioneers for LGBT support in sports and it continues to be one of my favourite things about them.
How wonderful that in a society that is so often ignorant or insulting to transgender individuals, Cory Schneider and the Canucks are saying you’re important and we support you.
The Canucks also announced an initiative with the other Canadian teams in the NHL called Hockey Talks to encourage people to speak out about mental illness.
Here’s an article from The Province about Rick Rypien’s story and more details about Hockey Talks. This issue is especially meaningful to me, and I couldn’t be happier the Canucks are spearheading it.
It’s really incredible to hear your team vocally support such important and valuable issues. Sports do matter.
Are we excited? I’m excited! With the playoffs starting tonight I’ve prepared a helpful playoff kit for you Canucks fans to use throughout this joyous spring season.
For the tonne of trash talk and whining about the Canucks that is going to come your way, take a deep breath, and refer to these as often as necessary:
In case you get into a riot-y part of town: flame retardant clothing!
For the cause and solution to all playoff problems…alcohol!
Enjoy the ride! Don’t forget to get lots of sleep and non alcoholic fluids. It’s a marathon not a sprint. Don’t feed the trolls and cheer your heart out. Viva la Euros!
XO Humming Giraffe
Today, the Canucks announced the launch of their mental health initiative through the Canucks For Kids Fund in partnership with the BC Children’s Hospital, Fraser Health, and Provincial Health Services. Mind Check is a website designed to get people talking about mental illness as well as helping young people and their families that are dealing with mental health issues. The Canucks published a press release with more details about the website.
Kevin Bieksa gives a heartfelt pledge that is important to hear. You can buy the t-shirt he’s wearing through the Canucks stores with proceeds going to the Canucks For Kids Fund.
Mind Check also honours Rick Rypien’s memory. He fought so hard through his own depression and wanted to help others by telling his story. Sadly, he never got the chance but this is a wonderful legacy that will help others and the Canucks will be able to tell Rick’s story through the website. As one of the biggest fans of Rick Rypien around and as someone with loved ones that battle metal illness this is something near and dear to my heart. Often you’re told that being a Canucks fan must be hard. No Cups to cheer about and horrific playoff disappointment. But you know what? I couldn’t be prouder being a Canucks fan because of the incredible work they do day in and day out in the community. Haters to the left!
Danny Sedin when asked in Las Vegas about his NHL award nominations from the Vancouver Sun:
“In fact, Sedin said Tuesday that as proud as he would be to follow in the footsteps of twin brother Henrik and win the Hart Trophy at Wednesday’s NHL Awards, he would be more honoured if he and Henrik happen to win the NHL Foundation Player Award.”
“Obviously, the Foundation Award is bigger for us,” Daniel said. “The Hart Trophy (nomination) is an incredible honour and it’s fun to be here for that. But for us, we have always been taught that once you get to Vancouver there’s a lot of community work. That’s something you get used to when you play in Vancouver. That’s a big part of being a hockey player there. It’s very nice.”
So, this. This is so amazing.
If only the rioters had thought for a moment “I should be more like the Sedins” a lot of awful things might not have happened. I will defend Hank and Danny Sedin until the day I die. I’ll use my bare hands if I have to.
Hank and Danny Sedin when asked about Mike Milbury’s Thelma and Louise comments:
“That wasn’t too much fun, My son told me a man was making fun of me and Uncle Danny on TV. I said that can’t be true because that’s what usually happens in kindergarten. That’s what happened. Sometimes grown-ups have low self-esteem and get on guys and say stupid stuff.
“I think he has to be happy with his career,” Henrik added. “He did a great job on Long Island. I’m sure he is happy with that.”
“Usually, the guys who sit in those situations, they’re called experts,” said Daniel. “They’re there for a reason, I think. We don’t really worry about those kind of comments. He made a bad comment about us, calling us women. I don’t know how he looks at women. I would be pretty mad if I was a woman.”
Just one of the many, many reasons I’ll weep with joy if I see the Sedins raise the Cup. I even teared up a bit typing this out. They’re that fantastic.
You can’t beat hard work. That’s what immediately popped into my head after I got over the shock of Alex Burrows winning the game 11 seconds into OT. He’s turning into a super villain in Boston which is probably totally deserved and endlessly amusing but no matter your feelings about Burrows you can’t deny he’s worked his derriere off to get here. Undrafted, toiling away in the ECHL, scraping by, and finally signed to an NHL team. Eventually he’s set with two Swedish twins and scores three points in a Stanley Cup Final. Honestly, it should be a lifetime movie. But only Canucks fans would line up to see it. Despicable Burrows.
Manny Malhotra also put in some damn hard work inching his way back from an eye injury. It’s pretty amazing and unbelievable he played tonight. Listening to the Manny chants through the TV gave me goosebumps. I can’t even imagine what it was like in the arena. He almost scored once and seemed to win almost every faceoff he was out for. What a lovely night for him and his family. Another wonderful story. What a time to be a fan. This makes all those crushing low points of being a fan more than worth it. And there’s still two more wins to go.
New predictions post up on Canucks Army for the Finals. Let’s bring this home!