Tonight, for only the third time in team history, the Vancouver Canucks became Western Conference Champions and are heading to the Stanley Cup finals.
We reached the final round in 1982 against the New York Islanders, and faced the New York Rangers in 1994. The team actually pulled out this win 17 years to the day of their win that sent them to the 1994 finals, which was also in double overtime. While our Eastern opponent has yet to be decided between Boston and Tampa Bay, the Canucks are reading to take on their final challenge of the season.
Congratulations to the Canucks, the people of Vancouver, all of BC, and those around the world who were on Twitter tonight showing your support from airports, bars, pubs, and offices.
Let’s keep the momentum going and never stop believing that our team can make this happen during the 40th anniversary of the Vancouver Canucks who are already President’s Trophy winners and Western Conference Champions for 2011. They’ve played with heart, with cuts and bruises, and on one good leg now and then.
While being a fan takes a lot of dedication (and the ability to deal well with stress), the roller coaster ride is completely worth it.
See also: CBC Vancouver article “Canucks Bound for Stanley Cup“, Sportsnet “Bieksa OT Goal Sends Canucks to Finals” and an old history post, “When Vancouver Won the Stanley Cup… in 1915“.