It has been 17 years since the Vancouver Canucks have been in the Stanley Cup Final. I still remember watching that disappointing Game 7 against the New York Rangers at my family's church in 1994. I was only 8 years old. I lost interest in hockey throughout my teenage years, only watching the occasional game. Then, in 2004, the Calgary Flames made their amazing run for the Stanley Cup. I was living in Calgary at the time and was drawn back to hockey by how crazy the city went during that time. I did cheer for the Flames for a few years before returning to my first love, my beloved Canucks. Now, I am a huge fan of hockey watching as many games as I can (whether the Canucks are playing or not). I also happen to be dating an amazing woman who loves hockey almost as much as I do. We are both so excited for how far the Canucks have made it and are really hoping they can finally go all the way this time. Which leads me to the entire point of this post, last week Clare and I made the trip over to Vancouver to watch the Canucks take on the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on the big screen at the CBC Pavilion Fan Zone. It was an awesome game and an amazing experience to be apart of. We arrived early (about 2.5 hours before the game) to secure the best spots to watch the game and to be in the middle of everything. The atmosphere was electric right from the beginning. People had gone all out dressing up for the event.
It was an incredibly tight-checking game with no goals scored on either goaltender. Entering the last minute of the 3rd period, it looked like the game was headed into overtime at 0-0. With 18.5 seconds left, Raffi Torres of the Vancouver Canucks scored the game's winning goal. The entire city ERUPTED! I just held down my shutter while joining in with the celebration so these shots are a little burry. After the game we followed the crowd down to Granville St. where a wall-to-wall party had broken out.
These photos don't even begin to capture what it was like to be there. Cars were honking, people were high-fiving everywhere (even the cops), and chants of "We Want the Cup" could be heard all across downtown. Here is just a little taste of what it was like to be apart of this.
And........... THE GOAL!
And the party begins!
We came across the band Heads Hang Heavy rockin it on Granville.