A Little Faith, Please

As I have gone on this roller coaster ride in the first round so far in the 2011 NHL Playoffs series between the Vancouver Canucks and the Chicago Blackhawks, all I can say is I am glad it’s coming to an end, one way or another. This series has had the best of times for us Canucks fans in the first three games and the worst of times in the last three games of the series. But I will give credit where it is due, the Blackhawks have fought back to even up the series and bring it to seventh and deciding game. The team who wants it more will be winning the series. No sugar-coating and no excuses; it’s one and done.

I haven’t written a column in a while, and for whatever reason, I feel like putting up a few comments tonight. I could rehash the ‘would’ve, could’ve, should’ve’ angle of this series for the Canucks, but I won’t. There have been more than enough write-ups about that exact topic.  So I’m going to make this my rally cry. My pledge of allegiance to the team that I have been loyal to for 30 years of my life.

The Canucks can win this series, they just need to put their minds, their bodies and souls into this game.  It may take whatever they have left in the tank, but I know they can.  Why? It’s simple, they have been too good all year long and worked too hard to get to this point to give up now.

Last night in Game 6, I saw a team that wanted to win, dictated play for the majority of the game and most of all played for each other. Despite all that, they came up the short end of the stick.  I refuse to believe it will happen twice. I believe they refuse to believe it will happen twice, especially in their own rink.  I am not sure if I can call it destiny but I have had a feeling about this team since the beginning of the season. Call it ‘wishful thinking’ or whatever you want, but I’ve suffered through many heartaches with this team over the last 30 years to doubt this feeling I cannot shake off.

Believe, just like it says! Photo: Wikipedia Commons

If they happen to lose Tuesday, I will have to figure out as to why my feeling was wrong, but that’s for me to figure out. I just want to see a great game between two great teams playing the greatest game on earth. It’s what every hockey fan wants, but as a Canucks fan, I want my team to win…their way. So to the doubters in Canuck land who have their reservations, I ask you all to be like me,along others, who have been long suffering fans to give our team the support they need and deserve.  It may not seem like a lot because we’re not on the ice playing the game, but I want Canucks fans everywhere to unite and cheer our boys on in the final battle of this series.

I am not hoping they seek ‘revenge’ but rejoice in victory.  To me, as a fan, that’s the key to winning the series, playing their game.  The Canucks will play their game, and win like they have done so many times this season.

I don’t have any fancy sports cliches, no ‘motivational’ words of wisdom but I do have faith. So I ask you all, to join me and have a little faith in our Canucks and I am sure they will do their best to deliver.

Cheer loud and cheer proud my fellow Canucks fans, because we are all that seventh man and right now, the boys need us. As fans, that’s what we are supposed to do…believe.

 

Justine Galo

Canucks for Kids Telethon: Challenging all bloggers!

Canucks For Kids Telethon - Image: http://www.canuckplace.orgThe annual Canucks For Kids telethon is in full swing today and we’re throwing down a challenge to all bloggers to come on board and help out. During tonight’s game, CanucksCorner.com will dontate 10 cents for each new follower we get on Twitter to a maximum of $100.00 (1000 new followers). Just before the drop of the puck we”ll tweet our follower count and the meter will start. It will end when the game does.

We’re also challenging all other Canucks blogs, hockey blogs and social media types to meet or beat our pledge.

The Vancouver Canucks have raised millions of dollars for sick children in BC since this telethon began. When a child in British Columbia is diagnosed with a progressive, life-threatening illness, Canuck Place can provide a pediatric palliative care service for both the child and the entire family.

Canuck Place provides 400 children and families with needed specialized care not available elsewhere, providing a much needed break from day-to-day responsibilities of caring for a child with a life-threatening illness.

It’s a great cause, so if you can help, please do so, and RT this post to make sure we hit our maximum donation!

Canucks For Kids Telethon Donation Page.

CanucksCorner.com wants you! Talented Canucks fans apply within!

Well, it’s been a bit slow around here, but we can’t ignore it any longer! Hockey season is around the corner, and now’s time to get the place looking good again for our internet Canucks fans.

We’re starting our 14th season of Canucks hockey on the web and we’ve evolved from a  fun project, to message board, to an article based site and finally the fan blog and social media site we have become today.  Maintaining content is a lot of work and that’s where we need your help.

I’m looking for about four talented and aspiring podcasters, video bloggers and writers to help provide content. Since I don’t get paid, I can’t pay you, but if you’re a budding journalism student looking for some experience or just someone that enjoys writing and loves  the Canucks or the NHL CanucksCorner.com, I’d like to hear from you.

We occasionally get access to some cool stuff involving the Canucks and as a writer/podcaster/video blogger there is a chance that you could be part of that from time to time.

The ideal candidate:

  • A knowledgable hockey fan.
  • Posesses good writing skills and attention to grammar and spelling.
  • Has some experience with WordPress. (Not necessary, but an asset).
  • Graphics skills would be an asset.
  • Proficiency with and ownership of Podcasting/Video equipment definitely an asset.
  • Is able to provide at least an article per month.
  • Can help at Canucks.com functions like tweetups and playoff parties.

Sounds like fun? Send me an e-mail telling me a bit about yourself. If you can include a brief paragraph or two with some sample writing that would be great!

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Sports & Stuff: Mason Raymond Appearance: March 12th

Our valued site sponsor, Sports & Stuff, who provide us with a customized hockey jersey for our hockey pool each year, will be having Mason Raymond visit on Friday, March 12th between 4 and 6pm. The store will be giving away VIP passes that will guarantee you one autograph.

If Canucks Corner members would like to meet Mason, call the store during the day early in the week, give them your name and that you saw this ad on Canucks Corner and they will save you a VIP pass.

Signed 8 x 10 photographs will also be available for $10.00 and a purchase of one enters you to win an autographed Mason Raymond stick.

Located in Chilliwack, Rick and Wendy have one of the best sports stores around. Stop in and see their vast collection of Vancouver Canucks and BC Lions merchandise. Tell them CanucksCorner.com sent you!

Sports & Stuff
Chilliwack Mall
45610 Luckakuck Way
Chilliwack BC V2R 1A2
Phone: (604) 858-2614

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Fan Zone #Tweetup This Wednesday

If you haven’t been to a Canucks Fan Zone Tweetup this year you have another chance to check one out this Wednesday at the Lamplighter Pub in Gastown. The fun gets started at 6:30 and you can watch the Canucks and Blues with a bunch of other Canucks fans who frequent Twitter. There will be prizes, trivia and just an all around good time for everyone that comes.

You can RSVP at http://vancouvertweetup.com/events/event/show?id=3664485%3AEvent%3A4391

You don’t have to use Twitter to attend, and you’ll meet some great Canucks fans. I’ll see you there! Make sure you follw Canucks Corner on Twitter as well @CanucksCorner.

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