Recently, Chris Withers wrote a guest blog for the Sun where he compared the culture at a Vancouver Canucks game to the mood at a Vancouver Whitecaps game, and he found the hockey crowd wanting. The experience of watching the ‘Caps play, he argued, seemed far more spirited, involving, and organic.
So what’s the problem with Rogers Arena? The different clientele? The canned music? The fact that the whole experience can feel overproduced? No, I’ll tell you what it is: they just don’t give away enough dogs anymore.
Not like in the olden days, man. For instance, here’s a video from November 7th, 1970, when they commemorated “Yukon night” at Pacific Coliseum by giving captain Orland Kurtenbach a husky puppy.
I like Kurtenbach’s total lack of reaction. Hey thanks. And then he just skates the puppy across the ice and passes it to someone. And then the second period starts. Seriously, what?
Listen, I was born in 1985, so maybe giving hockey players puppies as gifts during the game doesn’t seem quite so odd to some of you older folk, but I can’t even imagine this today. Fans, please direct your attention to centre ice, where Henrik Sedin will be given a puppy for some reason.
I mean, maybe he’d be totally into it, I don’t know.Tags: Orland Kurtenbach, Puppies, The YouTubes, What is this I don't even