There’s Nothing Like A Live Hockey Game

by Ed Lau on March 1, 2007

If you’re as much of a hockey fan as I am, there’s truly nothing like being there in person. Honestly, I can think of very, very few places that I have more fun. Heck, I’d also have to say that nothing conjures up the emotion in me more than a Canucks game as well, as you’ll never find me dry eyed after the Canucks montage at the beginning. You know what I’m talking about…the clips of the memories of the greatest Canuck moments played to the tune of emotion rocking music like the intro the U2′s Where the Streets Have No Name and the like. If you ever want to make a grown man cry here in Vancouver, you don’t have to look any further than a ’94 playoff montage with the likes of the great Bure goal or Trevor Linden and Kirk McLean’s superstar performances.

I usually arrive early since I don’t even want to the miss the national anthem at the beginning although I must admit that it’s much more fun when it’s the dude that just stops halfway through and holds the mic up for the crowd to belt out O Canada!. You can’t help but feel the national pride that flows through the building when you hear 18,630 people singing our nation’s song.

Tonight we faced the Phoenix Coyotes, a bottom feeding team coached by perhaps the greatest to play the game, Wayne Gretzky. I was tempted to heckle The Great One all night but he was on the other side of the rink since I sat in the Siemen’s season ticket area. The good guys won 4-3 but not before we were subjected to some scares, especially with Josh Green going down in the first period with what we later discovered would be a 4-6 week knee injury. This was a game where the blue collar heroes like Green and linemate Jeff Cowan would shine. I always say that the hard working grinders on our team are my favorites since you know those guys give it 100% every shift and never slack off, unlike other players whose name starts with Jan and end with Bulis.

Anyways, if you live in Vancouver, I highly recommend you take in a Canucks game sometime even if you’re not a fan. The atmosphere is always amazing and as loud as anything you’ve ever heard before. Yes, I realize the prices are ridiculous but quite often, it’s worth it…although I do suggest you eat before you go in as food is absurdly priced. $9 for a beer the size of a small Starbucks!?

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Leo March 2, 2007 at 12:25 am

Not a hockey fan, nor am I a fan of the Canucks. However if someone were to have box seats . . .

Reply March 2, 2007 at 2:01 am

I was at that game too!

Was glad to see the crowd give Soap a welcome back cheer.


Carl March 2, 2007 at 2:18 am

I was at Game 7 a couple years ago, against the Calgary Flames. The one where Cooke tied it with like 3 seconds left in the game… Words cannot describe the atmosphere when that happened… People were literally bawling with emotion.

Then Jovo had to take yet another dumbfuck penalty and it was all over shortly after that.


Steve March 2, 2007 at 10:56 am

I love going to see a game, we don’t get over there alot but when I do it is usually to see a game.


kenny March 2, 2007 at 2:02 pm

I love watching Flames vs. Canucks games. The hype for us here in Alberta is always the Battle of Alberta, but I think the new rivalry is Calgary vs Vancouver. Especially with the departure of Smyth from Edmonton.

Go Flames Go!


Ed March 2, 2007 at 4:53 pm

I really felt terrible for Oilers fans when I heard that Smyth was traded. You just can’t trade guys like that…the guys that are the heart and soul of the franchise. We here in Vancouver know that all too well since Trevor Linden was traded during the Keenan/Messier (aka…the Dark Ages) era of the franchise. It would be like the Flames trading Iginla or the Avs trading Joe Sakic. It’s just not right.


Promotional Pens March 2, 2007 at 2:13 pm


I was at the game last night as well.

I was in Sec 118. Seems like you were sitting in the club seats.


Ed March 2, 2007 at 4:51 pm

Yep, I was sitting in section 105. The funny thing was that the usher who was there is the same old dude that was there the last three or four games I’ve been to.


Gary Lee March 4, 2007 at 2:55 pm

I can’t agree with you more. I’m more of a NBA fan, so I don’t usually watch any hockey on tv. One of my clients has a box at the Staples Center, so we got to go watch a Kings game and I have to tell you it was a really fun and exciting environment. I’m assuming you have to be a pretty hardcore hockey fan to be a hockey fan in LA, so that’s probably why. I have to admit that sitting in the nosebleeds is a much better experience if you’re a relative newbie to the sport, since the fans up there can teach you EVERYTHING!


Matt Propst March 8, 2007 at 4:57 pm

Ok, growing up 15 minutes from Detroit I’m most certainly a die hard Red Wings fan. But for the simple love of the game you’ve been added to my feed reader :-)


The Blogger Source January 22, 2009 at 8:30 am

Pure none stop action! I was born with a hockey heart. Best, pure, sport there is.


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