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

Mashable Awards: Canucks social media efforts are worth your vote!

In today’s age of social media and the popularity of forums such as Twitter and Facebook, it’s important for businesses and individuals that market themselves to get on board and make use of these popular tools. The Vancouver Canucks have made a concentrated effort to build their brand through social media and have a devoted following on both platforms. With contests and events such as “Tweetups” or great ideas like online scavenger hunts, the Canucks have engaged their fan base and built on their already strong brand in the process.

The club has also used the social media community, partnering with quality independent bloggers and building relationships with them.

At the time this was posted the organization had 39,566 followers on Twitter, and 233,972 “Likes” on their Facebook page.

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Mashable is currently holding its 4th annual Mashable Awards and you can nominate the Canucks in the category of  “Must Follow Brand”. Need more inspiration to do so? Last year, the Chicago Blackhawks took top honours in the equivalent category. Now, we’re not going to let the happen again are we Canucks Nation?

Here is the link to vote/nominate the Vancouver Canucks. Just click the link, sign in with your Twitter or Facebook account and you will be able to cast your vote!

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Canucks Have Been Proactive In Getting Fans Engaged Via Twitter

This Sunday, May 9th, the next Vancouver Canucks Tweetup will be held at The Academic Public House in Vancouver. The event will be the latest in a series of Tweetups that the Vancouver Canucks have held this season, each one growing in popularity amongst Canucks fans on Twitter and Facebook.

What is a tweetup? Well, it’s an organized event for people that use Twitter to gather and meet one another. In terms of the Canucks, they use tweetups to expose their brand, and bring fans together to watch the game in a fun group environment. Judging by how popular the events have become, it’s becoming a great tool to engage their online fanbase.

The first Canucks tweetup that I know of, was an Official NHL event for game one of last year’s last years playoffs organized by Richard Loat who writes for CanucksHockeyBlog.com and is otherwise known as @Mozy19 on Twitter. Richard describes how the first tweetup came about.

“The NHL wanted to host a tweetup in as many cities as possible. on the same day, which was the firstday of the playoffs last year. I stepped up to host the first Vancouver NHLTweetup and the rest is history. The first tweetup had 25 people show up and the most recent event had over 100. I’ve had a chance to meet other fans and make good friendships with people I would have never ever crossed paths with otherwise.”

The tweetups have grown in size over the course of the last season. The first event held by Loat, who is still involved as an organizer, had 25 people attend, while the last one held for a round one match up between the Kings and Canucks had over 100 people show up to get in on the fun.

The Canuck obviously see value in engaging their online fans with these events. It gives them a chance to meet fans face to face, and gives fans the opportunity to come together and celebrate a common interest.

The organization has stepped up to provide fantastic prizes for those in attendance. Everything from signed photos, stick and pucks to big ticket prizes such as two tickets to a home playoff game. The Green Men have appeared, and hosts such as Scott Rintoul (@scottrintoul) of the TEAM 1040 have emceed the events. The event on May 9th will offer up a signed Roberto Luongo Team Canada jersey as one of it’s main prizes as well as other yet to be named goodies.

The club works with member establishments of their preferred restaurant program to reserve space for the event, making it a great night for those in attendance and giving the establishment a full house for Canucks games.

If you’re on Twitter and would like to see what all the fuss is about, come an join us on May 9th for game five between the Canucks and Blackhawks. You’ll probably meet some new people, and you just may walk out with a prize or two!

Tweetup Information: http://canucks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?bcid=31263

Confirm/Invite your friends on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/event.php?eid=119074534788541&ref=mf

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Come Up With A Round Two Twitter Hashtag And Win A Signed Canucks Stick

Round two of the playoffs is on the way and once again the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks are going to do battle to see who will advance to the conference finals in the west.

Blogger Trevor Presiloski of the Internet Trashcan came up with the idea to hold a contest on Twitter to come up with the best #hashtag for the series.

Hashtags by definition are used to create real time track records of creating groups on Twitter. Placing the # sign in front of keywords or targeted groups, makes it easier to track all conversations in the twitter timeline via search.

The Canucks have jumped on board and will provide a team signed stick for whatever hashtag is voted the best one via a poll on Canucks.com. The winning hashtag will become the official Canucks/Blackhawks hashtag for the series.

Last year the hashtag #blackhawkdown was used frequently. Add your hashtag on twitter and address it to @VanCanucks. The top five will be chosen and added to a poll, where the winning tag will be picked and that person will win the signed stick!

Good luck everyone! Share this post on Twitter and Facebook and let’s see what you can come up with!

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#NHLTweetup a success

Last night I attended the #NHLTweetup at the Shark Club in Vancouver and it was a success thanks to the efforts of Richard Loat (@Mozy19). I was told that there were 23 NHL tweetups going on last night, including one in Belfast Ireland. The NHL came on board and provided the tweetup with official 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff pucks, a 20% off coupon for merchandise from NHL.com, a year subscription to NHL.com’s Game Center service and an autographed Roberto Luongo jersey, won by a lucky attendee.

Make sure to follow all of of these great Canucks tweeters on Twitter and stay on top of the Canucks playoff run this spring: