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Canuck Nation is BAD ASS

The Canucks just completed a southern California sweep against the Kings and Ducks, winning both games in impressive fashion. They played two desperate teams, played them tough and fought through tight checking and a lot of physical play to get a pair of wins. What’s more impressive though, is the fan support from Canuck nation in both games!

Canuck nation now travels, impressive when you consider the geography. Vancouver’s closest rival is Calgary, an 11 hour drive. Only Colorado Avalanche fans have to travel further to get to another team’s rink. New York Rangers fans can drive to 11 NHL cities that are a shorter drive than Vancouver-Calgary.

Even when the West Coast Express was in full flight, you did not see anything close to the kind of support the Canucks get on the road. Sure, you’d see fans in Calgary and Edmonton, but that’s been ramped up in recent years. Now Canucks fans show up in great numbers in every Canadian city, as well as border cities such as Buffalo (I remember a bunch of fans painted “Bieksallent” on their chests at a game against the Sabres in 2006-07).

This weekend’s pair of games were different though. They filled the rink with Canucks fans (extra impressive when you consider the Kings average over 18,000 people per game) and even if they didn’t have 50% of the people in the arena, they provided way more than 50% of the noise. “Go Canucks Go” chants were plentiful of course, but “El-lis! El-lis!” and “Nana na-na hey hey hey goodbye!”, now that’s impressive. They even put a Canucks jersey on the Wayne Gretzky statue outside of the Staples Center. No doubt, Canucks fans are the most hated fan group in Los Angeles and Anaheim now.

So did this group of fans help the team? I don’t think there’s any doubt about it. Henrik Sedin agrees:

In LA, when we came out for the warmup and see 10 rows of Canuck sweaters, it helps us for sure. They start the ‘Go, Canucks, go!’ chant and for sure you notice it.

 

There’s just something about having your fans travel with you, all of them loud, to fire up a team. So now it’s on to Phoenix on Tuesday and then back up to San Jose on Thursday for Canuck nation. You know they’ll be there, loud and proud in their Flying V jerseys (or orca, stick in rink, skate… man we’ve had a lot of jerseys), making no apologies and pissing people off. Now that’s bad ass.

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3 Response to Canuck Nation is BAD ASS

  1. Hockeynut2011 on March 9, 2011

    http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150423096250268

    Heres a link to the celebration inside the honda center after the Nucks vs Ducks Game, still my favorite part of the game was when the nucks nation started chanting …..Leafs Suck….lol…

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    • Joicy on November 19, 2012

      An impressive share, I just given this onto a cagleolue who was doing a little analysis on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you become expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more details? It is highly helpful for me. Big thumb up for this blog post!

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    [...] road trip and Canuck Nation couldn’t be happier. On Sunday I told you about the Canuck invasion in Los Angeles and Anaheim, and others have taken note. We were fortunate to have our article featured in Yahoo’s Puck [...]

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