Yes, I am a U.S. Canucks fan and proud of it! Nothing “bandwagon” about it. I enjoy being a Canucks fan through the rough times as well as the winning seasons, and I wear that badge with honor. It teaches true humility and perseverance.  The Vancouver Canucks’ 2010-2011 season – their 40th anniversary – was outstanding. And that even includes game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Yes, the Canucks lost, and it wasn’t particularly fun to watch or pretty, but that is a crucial element of sports. One team has to lose in that situation. It was heartbreak. Pain. Agony. Watching the Boston Bruins celebrate their Stanley Cup victory was painful, but they earned it in that seventh game. Their team was tough and aggressive, and Tim Thomas was, well, let’s face it, simply amazing.  Does that mean I like Roberto Luongo any less? Are you crazy? I will still cheer “Luuuuuuuuuuuu” with each future save along with the other Canuckleheads. Never doubt that. Do I think he might have stiffened up a bit in that last game and lost his mental concentration, yes, without a doubt, and he was not alone. But that is all part of the game, folks! That is exactly why hockey is so much fun.  You take the good with the bad and enjoy every second!

Vancouver Canucks 2010-2011 Season accomplishments:

Presidents’ Trophy — Vancouver finished with a record of 54-14-9

Western Conference title — Vancouver’s third

Ryan Kesler – Awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy, to the forward who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game

Daniel Sedin – Awarded the Art Ross trophy giving the Sedin twins consecutive Art Ross wins for the first time in NHL history

Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider – Awarded the Wiliam M. Jennings Trophy for their league low 180 goals against

So, here’s to next season, Canucks! I will see you in Dallas and Nashville you can bet on it and I am even planning a trip to Vancouver to see the Canucks play in Rogers Arena.  I might even end up in Phoenix – my favorite scrapper Raffi Torres* is now with the Coyotes and it would be fun to watch the Canucks face the Coyotes next season.

(*The Stanchion lovingly refers to Torres as a “tank on skates” and we will miss him next season. Yes, this is “The Stanchion” who assisted in Kevin Bieksa’s game winning OT goal in Game 5 against the San Jose Sharks. To read more about The Stanchion’s infamous exploits, read the Pass it to Bulis blog in the Vancouver Sun “Retire the Stanchion“. Puck luck? I think not!)

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