Stephen Brunt Canucks Video Essay

Comments 4 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Some people have rules about the playoffs around here. If the Canucks are out, they cheer for the next Canadian team left in the running (although usually there’s an exception for the Maple Leafs). With the Canucks representing Canada’s teams in the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff run, will the rest of the country sport blue, green, and white?

Vancouver Canucks go to the conference finals
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Globe and Mail columnist Stephen Brunt created a video essay at the tail end of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics that burst with emotion and pride for our nation. Recently, he’s done another for Sportsnet called: “Canada’s Team?”

Read more opinions about being “Canada’s Team” in this article, “Dear Canada“, published in the Vancouver Sun last week.

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  1. GigglesSunday, May 15th, 2011 — 12:08pm PDT

    I sure hope they support us! Go Canucks go! Can hardly wait until five!

  2. Henry LeeSunday, May 15th, 2011 — 1:25pm PDT


    I want to thank you for forwarding this and putting Brunt’s video essay on your blog, because being so far from Canada, I would’ve never found the essay at all, or even have thought to find it.

    The glimpses bring me right back to having witnessed first-hand:

    * the Canucks’ sub-500 1981-82 regular-season to their “miracle” towel-run to the Cup Finals only to be swept by the mighty Islanders’ machine,

    * the just-500 1993-94 regular-season, down 1-3 in the 1st-round to Calgary followed by three consecutive OT-winning goals from Courtnall, Linden, and Bure, respectively; subsequently beating Dallas and Toronto (oh that was good); only to come a little short against the Rangers …

    All those long lean years in the wilderness are worth it, all those players and benchmarks which have become folklore and history within the Canucks’ organization, the culmination of what it means to have followed this team since 1975-76 …

    I’ll end by saying even if I’m the only one in all of Chile, it will always be worth being a fan of the Vancouver Canucks.

  3. Jaspaul RiarSunday, May 15th, 2011 — 3:31pm PDT


    I watched Brunt’s video, read some intriguing articles, and watched the 1994 stanley cup run dvd because I was feeling a bit of nostalgia. I recently made a trip out to Pacific coliseum and can’t help but feel that nostalgia again. I have followed the team avidly, even in the Keenan years. They bring the community together like no other organization can in Vancouver.

    Whatever happens in the next round, it will be great to watch. Everyone in BC will be glued to their tv sets and it will be a spectacle to witness. My hats off to the gentleman above who will be cheering from Chile. Right now, I know I am the only Canucks fan in Portland, Oregon donning a Canucks flag on my car. Unfortunately I can’t be on 72nd and Scott road everytime they win a series, but I will be cheering loud from the comforts of my bedroom.

    Go Canucks Go!

  4. Deanna WigmoreMonday, May 16th, 2011 — 7:23pm PDT

    Supreme Brunt – Growing up in the Maritimes, I was a huge Leaf’s fan. It took a while, but after fifteen years in Vancouver, I am firmly behind this Canuck team. It has rich history and is worthy of its place in these playoffs. No way, Jose!

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