We’ve all read and/or seen the story of The Grinch that Stole Christmas. The Grinch hates Christmas and goes around one Christmas Eve stealing the people of Whoville’s Christmas decor, presents and meals. The idea is that without the trappings of Christmas, Christmas wont come. To the surprise of the Grinch, Christmas does come and the people wake up in the morning and sing and celebrate.
Vancouver is like the people of Whoville.
They tried to take our spirit, the one we began to create during the Olympics and perfected during this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. One which celebrated our great city, it’s people and sport’s team. Hockey was a great excuse to get together with thousands of our neighbours and celebrate our great city.
Lighting fires, overturning cars, breaking windows. They tried to kill our patriotism and our love for our team. But they never anticipated how we could unite.
Just like the Whos down in Whoville that woke up at dawn on Christmas and celebrated without packages, boxes or bows the people of Vancouver woke up and celebrated our city and team. We worked to restore our image to the rest of our nation and to the world.
In the days leading up to game 7 I would tell anyone who would listen that I thought the Canucks should win the Stanley Cup because their fans deserved it more than any other fans in the league. As I watched the riots unfold on the news I worried that people would think these are Cancuks fans (they’re not) and we’d become the most undeserving in the league. I worried that I would stop believing my fellow Canucks fans.
I have never been so happy to be proven wrong, because more than ever we deserve this Cup. I only hope that in the future we wont be penalized and not allowed to have public gatherings for the games.