Team Up and Bring Home the Cup Contest

Comments 73 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Team Up and Bring Home the Cup is an initiative to give exposure to every hockey-loving region in Canada. Those involved with community hockey are being asked to submit an essay or video describing what hockey and team spirit means to their amateur team. Readers will then get the chance to vote on the submissions and the winner will get the chance to host a party with the Stanley Cup and Mark Messier in their hometown hockey community.

The contest began in 2009 with the HRS Huskies from St. Lazare, Québec being the first ones to experience the grand prize, which also includes a home theatre system, Pepsi products, Lay’s products, a 52 inch LCD TV, and gift certificates for products and services throughout the year. The party will also be filmed and featured on TSN and TSN.ca/TeamUp.

You can browse entries that have already been submitted by teams across the country and have your team submit their own. Deadline for entries is March 12th then public online voting will begin March 22nd (full contest rules can be found online). After the 22nd, browse the gallery and vote for your favourite to help select this year’s winner.


Photo credit: celinet on Flickr

Miss604 Giveaway
To celebrate this promotion of local hockey across Canada, I have been given a handful of NHL Shop gift certificates to give away to my readers who help promote this campaign. Each gift certificate is worth $75 for the online NHL shop in Canada.

To enter to win my giveaway, please leave a comment listing your favourite aspect of hockey in Vancouver — from road hockey in the ‘burbs to the 1994 Stanley Cup run. You may also re-tweet to enter this contest by copying & pasting the following:

  • Enter to win $75 for the NHL shop in support of Team Up & Bring Home the Cup – @Miss604 http://bit.ly/dwXGlz
  • Fine print: The Miss604 giveaway is only open to residents of Canada. The contest will run until Monday March 15th at 12:00pm PT. I will draw seven winners at that time from both comment and Twitter entries. Each comment or tweet equals 1 entry into the draw.

    Update March 15, 2010 The following seven people have won the gift certificates for the NHL Shop online:

  • That_B_Radical (Twitter)
  • James (Comment March 8th)
  • Jeff (Comment March 9th)
  • kvnjjwong (Twitter)
  • Mitch (Comment March 8th)
  • MardaMischa (Twitter)
  • Donna (Comment March 8th)
  • 73 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

    1. TanisMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 1:12pm PST

      This is awesome – I’m a huge fan of hockey and of course our Vancouver Canucks. The city and the province loves the Canucks and the players love living and playing in Vancouver. There is such a great hockey atmosphere and we love our team, win or lose (but it’s a lot of fun to win). I’d love to see another Stanley Cup finals run with the team this year!!

      Thank you for the contest!!

    2. StefanMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 1:21pm PST

      My favorite aspect of hockey in Vancouver is playing outdoor roller hockey. Nothing better than a sunny day skating by the ocean at Ambleside, or in the park at QE.

    3. GladysMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 1:24pm PST

      Gotta be street hockey — my kids and my neighbours’ kids, playing in the cul de sac between our houses — They’re 4 and 6 years old, and already mad about hockey.

    4. TriciaMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 1:25pm PST

      This province loves hockey so the Vancouver community provides a great atmosphere to watch the game in… I think we demonstrated this quite well to the world during the Olympics. On another note, sweaty hunks battling it out on ice — no complaints there!

      Thanks Rebecca!

    5. EvanMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 1:27pm PST

      I love how, as a city with tons of condos/apartment buildings, we’ve innovated the way we store our hockey equipment. Don’t have storage space, a garage, a basement? Put it on your balcony. Bonus points to when there’s a dummy set up and the gear actually goes on it. There’s one like it right out the window from my office and it gets me every time.

    6. RishiMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 1:53pm PST

      Street Hockey for sure. And the fact that in most games anyone is welcome to join regardless of skill level or equipment. I can’t think of a better weekend afternoon than playing some street hockey!

    7. KelseyMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 1:55pm PST

      My favourite thing about hockey is how it unites people over a common interest. Whether it’s hugging random people right after a gold-medal winning goal, doing the solidarity head nod at the only other person around wearing a Canucks jersey in an away arena or dragging the hockey net down to the tennis courts and having neighbors join in, hockey brings strangers together and makes new friends.

    8. LeeMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 2:00pm PST

      Something a little different: the contributions Canucks make to children with illnesses in Vancouver, through initiatives such as Canuck Place, particularly when hockey players come in to brighten a child’s day. I love that.

    9. TomMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 2:16pm PST

      As a recebt arrival in this fair city (but married to a Canuck), I’m ever impressed by the way everyone embraces the team. Atmospheres on game day downtown = amazing. I now am converted, and would very much like a Canucks jersey (to the value of $74.99 :-))

    10. Robert JohnsonMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 2:20pm PST

      From Abbotsford to Vancouver Island hockey reigns supreme, all the rinks are always booked and the pubs are full when the game is on!

    11. JeremyMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 2:21pm PST

      Im a huge Van-city hockey fan, I love how the success of the Canucks has brought hockey into all our hearts. The work of Canuck place, canucks autism network and their contributions to the community are huge parts of why the NHL is such a big part of our town.

      And of course how can you not mention #16 Trevor Linden and what hockey has allowed him to do for our community.

    12. DeannaMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 2:22pm PST

      My favourite part of hockey has been introducing my husband to it. Not only has it been exciting to watch the games and explain the rules, but it is wonderful feeling to watch someone new to the game enjoy their first Canuck game at Canada Hockey place! 🙂

    13. kimMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 2:23pm PST

      The high-fiving. I love the high-fiving.

    14. NickMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 2:24pm PST

      I remember as a kid watching the ’94 playoff finals against the Rangers and at almost every intermission of every game my best friend and I would run out to the streets with our jersey’s on and big signs in hand. We’d wave them at oncoming traffic and get the cars to “honk if they love the Canucks”.

      We probably had the loudest street around! People in Vancouver love hockey and love their team.

      GO CANUCKS!!!

    15. Tim L. WalkerMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 2:28pm PST

      The fact that “We are ALL Canucks” 😉 (even those of us that don’t live in Vancouver).

    16. Alan hawkerMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 2:31pm PST

      The way the city all celebrates

    17. KatieMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 2:44pm PST

      I love the way that hockey gets the city together. Playoff hockey in particular. Just seeing how united everyone was with the Olympic hockey, I am sure the playoffs will be equally exciting!

    18. MaseyMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 2:51pm PST

      I just love that my Vancouver mates happily accepted an uneducated Aussie into the “Canucks family” 5 years ago and have never let me forget who “my” team is now!

      Go Canucks Go!

    19. Brad HendersonMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 3:01pm PST

      Being a Canuck fan – I love watching home games with my dad and wearing the home town colours with him and all the other crazy ‘nucks fans! Luuuuuuuuuuuu! 😀

    20. MitchMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 3:03pm PST

      My favorite aspect has to be the 94 cup run. The city really got behind the team and the team didnt disappoint.

    21. MitchMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 3:04pm PST

      (minus the whole winning the cup thing unfortunately)

    22. DilaraMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 3:04pm PST

      I absolutely love the way the entire city comes together for Canucks games, especially home games. We all believe in Blue!

      GO CANUCKS GO

    23. Ron K.Monday, March 8th, 2010 — 3:20pm PST

      I love how Vancouver started Towel Power and how other fans of other teams have followed suit.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towel_Power

    24. ElaineMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 3:30pm PST

      After the gold medal Olympics hockey game, people took to the streets for an impromtu game of street hockey, closing down part of Broadway in Kits. What fun.

    25. JamesMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 3:31pm PST

      I play roller hockey with a few friends out in Surrey every couple of weekends (rain permitting!), and it works me out like nothing else.

      The fact that it’s totally fun works out well!

    26. TracyMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 3:38pm PST

      Still love to wave my original white towel from the 1982 Roger Neilson days… okay, I admit it’s not quite ‘white’ anymore.

    27. RobMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 4:17pm PST

      The city comes alive every April as the sun emerges, the weather heats up and the playoff towels and flags are waving. There is a buzz in the air that lasts throughout the playoffs every year and make Vancouver the best place in the world to be!

    28. GabrielleMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 4:23pm PST

      It’s really just all about Kyle Wellwood for me. No, that’s not entirely true, I love all aspects of the Canucks past and present, but Kyle Wellwood is a fun obsession.

    29. LBMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 4:27pm PST

      I love the World Juniors – amazing good players who haven’t yet been sucked into the world of corporate hockey who are playing for their country with passion.

    30. Patrick M.Monday, March 8th, 2010 — 4:33pm PST

      It has to have been the Vancouver World Juniors, getting to see exhibition games in small arena’s all over Vancouver was amazing. Eight dollars to see the best junior hockey in the world was fantastic.

    31. VincentMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 4:39pm PST

      My fav aspect of hockey in Vancouver is all the road hockey games back in the day (when I was small)… the ones you ring on your neighbor’s doorbell, get everyone out and if a car comes you yell “car” and move the net. Those were epic days.

    32. DarrenMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 4:40pm PST

      Call me cynical, but first TSN steals the CBC’s anthem and now they’ve more or less lifted their contest? This feels a lot like the CBC’s Hockeyville program.

    33. DonnaMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 7:18pm PST

      Fave thing about hockey in Vancouver is you can wear an opposing team’s jersey to a game and not fear for your life (like in some other cities!) As passionate as the city is about the Canucks, everyone is still gracious enough to demonstrate good sportsmanship.

    34. MitchellMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 7:18pm PST

      Definitely ’94, and the Gold Medal Game a week ago ranks up there.

    35. JenMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 8:23pm PST

      Growing up, all of the kids used to play hockey in the street. I will also never forget all of the hype around the 1994 attempt of the cup, what fun!

    36. JeremyMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 8:24pm PST

      I loved watching the Olympic gold metal game, the country sure got behind Canada!

    37. rachelMonday, March 8th, 2010 — 10:42pm PST

      my favorite part has got to be when canada won gold !!!!
      men AND women !

    38. TinaTuesday, March 9th, 2010 — 1:38am PST

      My favorite part of hockey in Canada is just how unifying it is! Everyone I spoke with was supremely happy about winning that men’s gold!

    39. TeresaTuesday, March 9th, 2010 — 7:21am PST

      I loved watching hockey during the Olympics.

    40. JeffTuesday, March 9th, 2010 — 8:28am PST

      Loved the atmosphere at hockey games during the Olympics. 1994 was an amazing run for the Canucks and also the 2007 playoff series win over Dallas – the building was electric after Trevor’s goal!

    41. guneetTuesday, March 9th, 2010 — 10:42am PST

      Hey ! hockey is my thing. Im a big fan of there team. i may not go to every game though i alwyas watch a game on tv at home with my family, and i have got them watching the game too. Before my mom hated sports and now since ive gotten her watching canucks she has never missed a game either, and in the 2007 playoff seres trevor lindes goal was amazing ! i was the happiest canaadaian !!!

    42. JosipTuesday, March 9th, 2010 — 10:46am PST

      I love how hockey brings Canadians together.

    43. JenniferTuesday, March 9th, 2010 — 1:25pm PST

      There is no greater feeling than when the Canucks are in the playoffs and the city is rallying behind them on their ultimate quest. Even if a good chunk of the fans are bandwagoners ( 🙂 ) it still is an amazing time! (This will need to be huge this year as now they have to compete with the sound of the city after winning gold during the Olympics!)

    44. Richard WTuesday, March 9th, 2010 — 2:34pm PST

      I love it when the city of Vancouver hangs on every win and every lost when the Canucks play!

    45. Mike BrowneTuesday, March 9th, 2010 — 4:48pm PST

      Canucks & Giants. Need I say more?

    46. donforanTuesday, March 9th, 2010 — 5:29pm PST

      Going to the games as a Die-hard Cupless Canuck fan since ’69- maybe this year…

    47. AnneTuesday, March 9th, 2010 — 5:47pm PST

      Fave aspect is of course the FANS!!!

    48. ChelseaTuesday, March 9th, 2010 — 6:54pm PST

      I love the way hockey brings people together. Every time I wear my Canucks jersey or hockey Canada hat on a game day I’m bound to get into a discussion with some friendly stranger about our chances of winning. It makes people more open and accessible to conversing with people they may never talk to otherwise. And in a city as passionate about hockey as Vancouver, it’s always great to meet fellow fans!

    49. JaniceTuesday, March 9th, 2010 — 8:09pm PST

      When the Canucks play, I get so excited. I catch as many games as possible at home on TV or at sports bars. When I can afford it, I head down to GM Place to watch them play live. GO CANUCKS!

    50. ShayleneTuesday, March 9th, 2010 — 8:18pm PST

      I love it when I’m driving on my way home, turn the corner and see all the neighbourhood kids playing street hockey =)

    51. ChrisWednesday, March 10th, 2010 — 3:34am PST

      My favourite memory of hockey in Vancouver was the ’82 run to the Stanley Cup finals. It was so unexpected and it was really cool to see hordes of people show up at the airport to greet the Canuck players when our local heroes returned to YVR for Games 3 and 4. I also remember seeing the Stanley Cup in person for the first time at Lansdowne Mall in Richmond during the finals that year.

    52. oneklcWednesday, March 10th, 2010 — 3:24pm PST

      Playing road hockey on granville st with strangers after we won the gold on the back of sid’s missing but still golden stick!

    53. GloriaWednesday, March 10th, 2010 — 6:52pm PST

      canucks all the way !!

    54. anneWednesday, March 10th, 2010 — 11:13pm PST

      I just got a new big screen tv so for me it’s all about taking the time out to watch the Canucks play.

    55. AnnThursday, March 11th, 2010 — 7:39am PST

      The kids who drag their net out to the parking lot outside my house everyday rain or shine to practice their shots. The immortal sound of kids calling “Car” to stop the play.

    56. MarieThursday, March 11th, 2010 — 1:00pm PST

      Amazing donation by the Sedin twins to the Children’s Hospital. I love that the Canucks have always made a great impression on children’s charities in Vancouver, from Linden and Naslund, to Luongo and the Sedins nowawadays. I also love it when the Canucks are in the playoffs, and you see all the car-flags and sports jerseys out, bringing the entire Metro Vancouver region together!

    57. S FieldThursday, March 11th, 2010 — 1:04pm PST

      Love having my six year old explain the minutia of the game to me. Something about boys at that age that can absorb unbelievable amount of statistics about hockey and dinosaurs. I now know more than I ever thought I’d know about scoring leaders, the significance of who the Canucks are playing in each game etc. etc.

    58. MingThursday, March 11th, 2010 — 1:07pm PST

      My favorite memory of hockey in this city was the Canucks run to the finals in 1982 and 1994.

      A close runner up was seeing street hockey on the Granville Mall during the Winter Olympics.

    59. Ashley RThursday, March 11th, 2010 — 1:33pm PST

      My favorite aspect of hockey in Vancouver is every year hoping for a playoff run!!..those last few games that can either make or break your season…or, in the years when we’re guaranteed a spot, it’s getting into the Canuck spirit! Car flags, wearing a jersey everyday…and especially last year being able to go to a playoff game!!! AMAZING AMAZING times in Vancity when the Canucks make a run for the cup!!

    60. SamThursday, March 11th, 2010 — 2:13pm PST

      The fact that we had a road hockey downtown in the middle of Granville was the best experience here in Vancouver! How can you beat that! 🙂

    61. AndreaThursday, March 11th, 2010 — 2:17pm PST

      My favourite Vancouver hockey is the Giants. Tix are not outrageously expensive, all seats are close to the action, and people are genuinely interested and jazzed about hockey. Those players play their hearts out too. I have a better time at those games than the shiny expensive Canucks games! …but that won’t stop me from putting $75 towards a Canucks jersey…!

    62. Stv.Thursday, March 11th, 2010 — 3:44pm PST

      My favourite part: How pickup hockey leagues cut across social strata. I used to play in a pickup that was populated with a mix of session musicians, Marine Biologists & web-geeks. None of us could exactly figure out the connections between us all, but it made for lively post-game conversations in the locker room. And every pickup-game & league has similar stories. Radically different people all coming together to play bad hockey well 🙂

    63. MikeeThursday, March 11th, 2010 — 3:59pm PST

      Hm…my favourite aspect of Vancouver hockey is the hockey itself and the way it brings everyone together. It’s so awesome to see everyone cheering for and celebrating the same thing. I love the game, it’s fun to play and fun to watch. Everyone gets caught up in the excitement here in Vancouver, even if they don’t really know the game well. So I guess I love the spirit of Vancouver hockey.

    64. JasonThursday, March 11th, 2010 — 6:55pm PST

      The best part is when the Canucks score goals!!!!!!!!!!

    65. MichaelThursday, March 11th, 2010 — 10:52pm PST

      My favourite part was playing street hockey for hours on end with the rest of the kids in my neighbourhood. The only time we’d stop would be to move the net for a car or come in when it was too dark to see the tennis ball / puck.

    66. Michael KwanThursday, March 11th, 2010 — 11:57pm PST

      My favorite memory is still the ’94 playoff run. I remember the newspaper had a pullout poster series during that time and I tried my best to collect them all… sadly, I have no idea where that collection is today.

    67. GregFriday, March 12th, 2010 — 7:44am PST

      Love the positive energy people have when gathered round the tube in a pub to watch the Canucks play. It builds community – even better when re boys win.

    68. RonnieSaturday, March 13th, 2010 — 4:40pm PST

      Watching the Canucks with my kids

    69. Fiona BurrowsMonday, March 15th, 2010 — 10:34am PDT

      Raised by hockey-loving parents, I have fond memories of shouting and cheering at the tv while watching Hockey Night in Canada. Today, I’m riding the wave of having the same last name as one of the Vancouver Canucks and you’ll find me cheering loud and proud either at “the garage” or in front of the tv with friends and/or family. Tomorrow is my Dad’s 65th birthday and I’m treating him to our favourite pasttime by taking him to a Canucks game. Go Canucks Go!

    70. SeaBreezeMonday, March 15th, 2010 — 10:35am PDT

      The crowd. Even when we’re losing everyone’s excited and buzzing about the possible come back..

    71. The BlackbirdMonday, March 15th, 2010 — 10:37am PDT

      Helping make Quatchi’s dream come true at Kitsilano Ice Rink:

      http://flickr.com/photos/blackbird_hollow/sets/72157608640184666

    72. BonnieMonday, March 15th, 2010 — 10:40am PDT

      Favourite aspect of hockey?? Well I’m all about hockey!! I was born & raised into a Canuck Fan Family. Grew up watching Stan Smyl, Tiger Williams with the great towel power! I also grew up playing floor hockey in a girls league in Richmond!! Woooooo!! Although I played other sports, Hockey is my #1 and it will always rule in my ? heart ?!! I don’t get to many Canucks games in person but when I do go I bring my oldest son as I have passed on the Canuck Fan Family torch on to him! He’s 11 and LOVES the Canucks as much as I do!! I’m hoping to start up some friendly games of street hockey with some adults & kids real soon!! Ahh yes 1994 the year we almost won. I will never forget that year as long as I live. lol When will we see that again? This year I hope! It is our turn to bring the cup to Vancouver baby!! GO CANUCKS GO!!!!

    73. KatrinaMonday, March 15th, 2010 — 10:57am PDT

      I love the thrill of watching the game, as lame as that sounds. Hockey was never a big part of my childhood, and a friend introduced me in High School. I started off by just going to local games, and eventually branched out into the NHL, and even though I’ve now been watching it for ages, I still love the thrill I get of walking into an arena, or turning on the tv.

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