I am Canadian and I love hockey!
I am not shy about letting the world know this and was very excited to see a Canadian team make it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. It turned out to be an amazing series and both the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins need to be applauded for leaving everything on the ice.
Something amazing happens at the end of every playoff series in the National Hockey League – no other professional sports league has this tradition. Regardless of the outcome of the series, how tough it was, whether it was over in four games or seven; when the series ends both teams line and shake hands. In that moment, these guys are no longer enemies or opponents – they’re just guys who finished playing the game they love.
No Need For Riots
What happened last night in the streets of Vancouver was ridiculous and an embarrassment to all the residents of Vancouver, to all Canadians and to all hockey fans. Seriously who does that?! It was a hockey game folks, no need to get all wired up.
Like all people in Vancouver, I was disappointed with the outcome. Vancouver had a great season and after a tough first round, they battled back and deserved to be in the final two. It also would have been nice to see the Stanley Cup back in my homeland. It just wasn’t meant to be this year and, they’re always next year or the year after that.
Time For A Reality Check
It is fair to say that some people lost touch with reality following the game last night. I get that folks are disappointed, but, in the end, it was just a game … a game of:
Ice hockey played on a large flat area of ice, using a three-inch-diameter (76.2 mm) vulcanized rubber disc called a puck. A game, contested between two teams of skaters. (Source: Wikipedia)
Let’s be grateful for the fact that we witnessed a great series, one that needed all seven games to be decided. Let’s be excited for the fact that our team won or, conversely, let’s be disappointed that our team lost. Let’s sit around the table and play “hockey/sports analyst” and discuss what should have been done or not done. Let’s lament the fact that the Stanley Cup hasn’t been back to Canada for decades. Let’s celebrate the fact that the Cup is back in Boston for the first time since 1972.
Let’s do all of that … but seriously, let’s do away with the riots and the flipping and burning of cars.Image courtesy of The Inquisitr