New Van Fan, episode five: ‘Snepsts Day’

New Van Fan is a web-series that follows the adventures of long-time Canucks fan Dan as he attempts to bring novice Canucks fan Andreas up to speed. The whole thing may or may not be an excuse to point out the inherent silliness of this fanbase — we’re not quite sure. Have an idea for an episode? Suggest it in the comments. 

Last week on New Van Fan, Andreas struggled to comprehend the logic by which Vancouverites have relegated Pavel Bure to a sidebar on the discussion over the greatest Canuck.

This week is focused around another Canuck of yore: the legendary Harold Snepsts. In a stunning twist on the formula, Andreas pulls the rug out from under his tutor/tutee relationship with Dan, inventing Snepsts Day, a holiday in honour of Vancouver’s second-greatest moustache. (Dave Babych for the win.)

It’s a Snepsts Day miracle!

I’m comfortable with the concept of Snepsts Day and Snepsts Day miracles. We should make this a thing. Unexpected baked goods? Snepsts Day miracle. Better face forest than expected? Snepsts Day miracle.

But there’s a deeper meaning to this week’s episode. After four straight bits in which Andreas has simply been being taught, it’s nice to see him occasionally take some initiative and start his own tradition. Fact is, considering the abysmal history of this franchise, cheering for the Canucks means finding ways to celebrate that history.

Before we go, we must stop and give credit to the props department for this week’s episode, because the Snepsts Day miracle cupcakes aren’t just your standard, crazy delicious sugar muffins: they have little moustaches.

That’s a lot of work for a half-second throwaway joke, and we appreciate that obsessive attention to detail. Happy Snepsts Day!

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  1. swizzler
    March 4, 2013

    I was really hoping it was going to be Harold Snepsts at the door.
    It would have been a great ‘Snepsts Day’ miracle!

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  2. chinook
    March 5, 2013

    “Snespts has the steps” was a great sign often held up by a fan at the old Pacific Colesium. It didn’t refer to Harold’s footspeed or stickhandling but to his transcendent presence on the ice. And worthy of commemorative cupcakes.

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  3. AppreciativeSnepstsFan
    March 16, 2013

    FYI, I read this article while watching the Nucks and wearing a Harold Snepsts jersey. For real.

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