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The Birth of my NHL – Part II.

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I’ve had this thread written in my mind since “The Birth of my NHL. – Part I.   In fact, I wrote this before Part I, but felt you needed to understand how Hockey and I met.

Roger NeilsonWatching hockey highlights, an alien question popped into my mind.

Could this be?…Really?…Could my team really win it all this year?  Could they go all the way?

I have loved hockey since I could decide what to put on the TV.  If it was between Dukes of Hazzard or the Leafs, the Leafs would always win.  (That’s about where the win streak ended.)

My hometown team has never really given me the possibility of winning a cup.  Yes, I cheered for the Oilers, but I was seven or Eight.  If there was a team on the Moon, I would have cheered their Alien asses off instead.

I transplanted to Vancouver in 2001.  It’s been 10 years.  10 years to try and recover from being a Leafs fan.  The Canucks weren’t making it any easier on me.  One of the first games I watched, Cloutier let a shot in from the Red Line.  I already didn’t have good feelings about the kid, but he melted down after that and never rebounded.  I grew up watching Fuhr.  I knew what a money goalie looked like.  Cloutier was not money.

Then there was Bertuzzi.  I’m sure he has a great heart.  I’m positive he didn’t mean to hurt Moore that night.  I get the message he is sending on behalf of Naslund.  Hello.  Gretzky / Semenko anyone.  Yes, Bert had more talent prior to ‘The Incident’, but he was never the same.  I didn’t get to see The West Coast Express in its glory.  I watched shadows of the three of them skate through the Garage.

I once joked, “I’ll become a Canucks fan the day they trade Bertuzzi for Luongo”.

Not Eight weeks after making that statement, It happened.

The Canucks robbed Florida of Roberto Luongo AND offloaded our problem child to the far South.

It was Brilliant.  Some say the Worst trade in hockey history.

My alliance turned immediately.  I was now a Canucks fan.  It was time to hitch my cart to a new horse.  I was tired of following donkeys.

I won’t lie.  It wasn’t easy.  I didn’t appreciate the Twins yet.  The scoring wasn’t balanced.   There was something here, but it took me a while to grasp it all.

Bit by bit I’ve watched this team gel.

I delayed posted these thoughts because I didn’t want to jinx anything.  I didn’t want to get my hopes up only to be crushed again.   The Leafs handled that enough times.

But this is it.  This is where it all matters.  We are there!

Last night, I attended my first Stanley cup final game, ever.  Watching my favorite team play Game 1 for Lord Stanleys Cup.

Suck it Leafs.

Security allowed me to bring my camera in with a 50mm lens.  Not ideal, but I’ll take it.  I did my best to capture the game the way I wanted.  With 60 glorious minutes of hockey ahead and 18,860 out-of-their mind fans surrounding me, this was going to be an occasion to remember!

And it was.

My voice is hoarse today.  I’m exhausted.  That was intense.  Crazy.  Fun.

This is Bucket List stuff!

As I watched the game, I had one thought.

Capture the Canucks winning goal.

And I did.