Having been outscored 12-1 in the past two ice hockey matches and now tied in the series at two games apiece. That dead quiet you hear on the West Coast tonight is the shocked silence of hard core Canucks fans and the vacuum of tens of thousands of bandwagon fans who have suddenly disappeared.


This was the scene exactly 1 hour after the Game three loss on the streets of Vancouver. Can you see all the little people in the street looking bored and wishing they had someone to pepper spray into another dimension? That’s the Vancouver Police, employed at great expense by the City of Vancouver to control the throngs of fans who showed up after wins in Games 1 and 2.

They were expecting Mardi Gras after Game 3 and instead got a live version of that show Life After People.

Somewhere in the last two games the Canucks have fumbled their opportunity to be Canada’s team and the Canucks and their fans are getting ripped to shreds on websites, blogs and in the twittersphere all over the world. Many fans can’t figure out why.

Here. We will give you our best guess.


We consider ourselves to be a die hard fan of the Edmonton Oilers. As such our joy-misery experience can be best demonstrated with the graph above. We would literally give both of our eyes and one of our legs for the Oilers to have just blown a 2-0 2011 Stanley Cup series lead. We would kill any number of people just to get the Oilers to be swept in a single round.

Things are so dire of late that we actually tweeted Oilers D Ryan Whitney who indicated he was at the game in Boston tonight, telling him to "soak in the atmosphere so you will be ready for big Oilers playoff games soon."

What kind of loser does this sort of thing? The kind of loser that needs to keep hope alive by any means necessary.


From the impossibly ignorant move of relighting the Olympic Flame on behalf of Canada to having only ghosts in the streets three games later. How can a City run so hot and cold at the exact same time? It is this idea of bandwagon jumping apathy mixed with the high handed belief that you are "Canada’s Team" that is driving so many into the waiting arms of the Temporary Boston Bruins fans.

Part of the fun of living and dying with a hockey team is that you earn your dizzying highs by experiencing many terrifying lows. You are with them for the ups and the downs all the way through and that is the experience that makes a die hard fan.

There are tons of hard core Canucks fans we have encountered on twitter and in real life who are in complete shambles tonight. Good hard working types who can recall struggling through the days of Corey Hirsch and Ed Jovonovski in the hopes that the Canucks would one day win the Cup.

They remember the failed Mark Messier experiement when Veteran leadership was brought in at an extremely high cost to put the team over the top in the late 1990s only to see an expensive trip to the bottom of the NHL.

Now here they are in what should be their finest series in the past 17 years and they are spending half their time defending their team and half their time defending their fellow fans.  These folks deserve a Cup more than a great many hockey fans in Canada. 

Besmirched by the newly minted Canucks fans that show up by the tens of thousands only to disappear into the ether hours later, they deserve better than this. The City of Vancouver – arguably one of the finest places in the world – deserves better than this.

Hell even the Vancouver Canucks deserve better.

Enough is enough fair weather Canucks fans. Don’t run away into your million dollar condos, fresh fish restaurants and movie sets. Come out into the streets and support the Canucks on the eve of an absolutely monumental Game 5.

  • wattree

    No team in hockey is able to scout and develop douchebags the way Vancouver does, Ruutu, Cooke, Burrows, Kesler. And to top it off, the Vancouver fans cheer for Burrows. Nuff said

  • Rob...

    You can count me as someone who was never on the bandwagon to begin with.

    I always get a little chuckle out of the notion that there are people who are willing to drop everything and cheer for a team in the playoffs just because it’s from Canada.

    Never allow anybody to convince you to root for an NHL team you would never normally root for just because it’s the playoffs. And that especially includes the Canadian teams.

    One of the fun things about being a Canadian hockey fan means hating the other teams in our Dominion. It’s what makes hockey work in this country. Do you think Montreal fans pulled for Toronto back in the days of the Original Six? No, siree.

    I’m sure there’s lots of good, patriotic-type of citizens who think country-first, favourite-team second. But they are part of a new breed of Canadian hockey fan that probably never existed 15 or 20 years ago.

    In the old days, back when the Red Wings were a laughingstock and the Avalanche and Coyotes were called the Nordiques and Jets, loyal hockey fans rarely dropped one loyalty for another. Not even on national television.

    In 1987, the Stanley Cup final between the Philadelphia Flyers and Oilers went to a seventh game in Edmonton. CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, in its standard unite-the-nation practice, stationed reporters at Stanley Cup house parties in three Canadian cities – Corner Brook, Nfld., Regina, Sask., and Vancouver. The job of the correspondents was to find out who was cheering for who.

    Well, it quickly became obvious that everybody – east, west and central – hated the Oilers with a passion.

    It wasn’t even close. Every time the studio host went live to one of the parties, it would be in the middle of a charming chant of “Gretzky sucks!” or “Messier sucks!” or “Oilers suck!”

    The Oilers, of course, had arguably their greatest lineup ever, and went on to win Game 7 and the Cup.

    Dave Billington, the Edmonton Sun’s TV columnist at the time, wrote about CBC’s fact-finding mission in his paper’s Stanley Cup edition the next day (which I still have).
    “It was a good idea, but about the only thing which emerged was the fact that, in spite of their skills, the Edmonton Oilers are thoroughly disliked across the country, except in their own hometown.”

    In other words, neither patriotism nor the stick-swinging Flyer goalie Ron Hextall could keep three fairly distinctive regions from holding back their hatred of the NHL’s greatest offensive machine and its greatest player, whom, if memory serves, may have also been from Canada.

    That’s the NHL I remember and those are the Canadian hockey fans I respect most.

    Go B’s.

  • Little Buttcheeks

    You hit the nail on the head Wanye. What I wouldn’t give to be 2 wins away from winning the Stanley Cup with 2 out of 3 games at home. Real, diehard Vancouver fans have paid their dues. These fairweather fans seem spoiled and I don’t understand how that can happen when your team has never won before. This should be new, fresh and a special moment for all of B.C. Instead it’s painting a poor image of what is otherwise a wonderful city.

  • Little Buttcheeks

    Pile on all you want haters, because victory will be that much sweeter when the Nucks win in 6. I find it funny how you guys go on and off the wagon. I also find it HILARIOUS how many Nucks car flags there are in ye old cowtown.

    Nucks will be fine. BOOK IT

    • Dear Todd,

      You “find it funny how YOU GUYS go on and off the wagon”??? I really hope that isnt in reference to oilerfan?

      Brother(/sister), do you see how many comments are on every single article, ALL YEAR LONG. Do I need to remind you that we’ve been in 30th for 2 years in a row? Do I also need to remind you that there is still about a 3 yr wait for season tickets and that theres been sellouts for the last hundredkijihababillion games?

      Its called oilersnation for a reason “dude”.

      PS – obviously youre fan brain is not well developed because OILERSnation could give 1 let alone 2 sh1t$ about cowtown. Ive seen maybe 4 carflags through the entire playoffs in yeg. Ive seen just as many bruins flags.

      Hell, my buddy even bought a hawks jersey just to cheer passionately against your loser, biting, plastisized hair gel wearing, salmon(no cow) eatin, eurotrash captained, tree huggin, no heart lot of amateur diving champions!

      OILERS4LIFE and dont you EVER forget it!


      • I echo the slow clap.

        The only thing is that this article is also placed on Flames Nation as well. If Todd is taking shots at the Calgary folk then I’m OK with it.

        Of course he is a Canucks fan so either way he still loses.

        • You are wiser than I rubbertrout. I didn’t think Wanye knew how to multiple post! Now wonder why he was so weak in this article!?!?

          And yes, lose is what the canucks and fans will do!!! Muahahahahahaha ………….please dont win

          In these games, I watch and cheer 5000000000000% against the canucks but when they win, it doesnt hurt. This is where its different watchin the oilers for me. Those losses all hurt, every goal, scoring chance and lost fight