Canucks Cult Classics

  • March 1, 2016

By Fanny Lau 

On Tuesday March 1st, Rogers Arena will be hosting a #20in20 game night celebrating Cult Classics as the Canucks take on the New York Islanders.

There is something about a good underdog story that resonates deeply with an audience. From backup goaltenders to fan voting to rockstar status – there are many classic moments in Canucks history that have established cult status in the memories of fans.

Imagine sitting in the library of your university and studying for a geography exam, when your friends come up to tell you that you have been called up by the Vancouver Canucks. This was a surreal moment for Chris Levesque, the second backup goaltender at the time for the UBC Thunderbirds, who found himself backing Johan Hedberg for the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was a series of both unfortunate and fortunate events that led to this opportunity for Levesque, who enjoyed his brief one-game stint as a Canucks backup.

Rory Fitzpatrick found himself as the subject of a voting campaign for the NHL All-Star Game of 2007. The “Vote for Rory” campaign gained momentum with t-shirts worn by players at practice and sold at the Canucks Team Store, fan created YouTube videos and websites. The voting was fueled passionately by fans, and Fitzpatrick finished 3rd in voting for defensemen in the Western Conference, though he did not ultimately make it into the game.

There are things that are thrown onto the ice, like hats and teddy bears, which we commonly expect to see during hockey games. Then there are things like underwear, where you would generally expect to see thrown onstage at a concert at the likes of The Rolling Stones or One Direction. After scoring his fifth goal in three games, Jeff Cowan gained the nickname “Cowan the Bra-barian” as a fan threw a bra onto the ice during a home game against the Minnesota Wild.

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