Kevin Bieksa's game winning double OT goal from last night clinches the series
I can't watch this video clip enough. If you do it at work you're likely to tick off a lot of your fellow employees as the horns blare long and loud at Kevin Bieksa's double overtime game winning goal which sends the Vancouver Canucks to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Man, it feels good to say that.
Vancouver has waited a long time – 41 years to get the Stanley Cup – but this is our year. The city is absolutely electric with the kind of excitement we saw during the final days of the 2010 Games. We need to celebrate in style, we need to make this into a collective experience for fans and citizens of all kinds.
Thanks to the Canucks organization Rogers Arena will be now open for watching away games. This is great news!
It allows families with kids, seniors and the folks that you usually don't see raging on Granville Street after a win to also join in the fun downtown. It was the key difference during the Games – bring families to the fun – and we can now repeat it for Vancouver's Stanley Cup run.
Kudos to the Canucks, Orca Bay Entertainment and Rogers Arena for allowing us to celebrate in your indoor facility, seated and with food and refreshments close at hand. Whether this was always planned from the get-go, or the chatter on forums, on Twitter and over the interweb made a difference is secondary. The Canucks are going to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Vancouver is going to party in style.
I'm still trying to get details on tickets as it certainly can't be a prohibitively high cost. I still encourage a nominal seat charge/donation to Canuck Place, but let's be sure to make this as much as a thank you to Vancouver fans as possible for four decades of support. Once the details are available they'll be posted on CityCaucus.com.
For now the boys can get some rest. The thrill ride all starts again in a few days.
Go Canucks Go!
UPDATE: The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association is now lobbying Premier Clark to light the Olympic Cauldron for the Stanley Cup run. Great idea, but there's a price tag attached. Maybe all the economic activity generated by Canucks Fever can offset the cost.
- Post by Mike Klassen. Mike is a city council candidate for the Vancouver Non-Partisan Association (NPA). If you're an elected official or candidate seeking a nomination and want to write about urban issues, please send your 450-500 word submission to CityCaucus@gmail.com.