A loud, crazed cavalcade of Canucks supporters were on hand Tuesday to welcome home the Vancouver Canucks.
Honking horns, waving signs and chanting slogans — ‘Go Canucks Go’ ‘We Want The Cup’ and ‘We Believe’ — the raucous group of more than 150 tried to will their hockey heroes on to victory in a crucial Game 7 showdown for the Stanley Cup championship.
The crowd erupted in ear-piercing shrieks the minutes Roberto Luongo, Daniel Sedin and the rest of the not-quite-championship team arrived, upping the volume whenever any of the team acknowledged their cheers, offered them a wave or flashed them a ‘V’ for victory sign.
Glenn Renney showed up in his ‘Colonel Canucks’ ride — a 1965 Willys Jeep — wearing an army helmet painted blue and green to match his vehicle’s paint job.
“It’s been a fantastic run,” said Renney, 49, a New Westminster realtor. “I hope my heart holds up. I think we’re going to win it all Wednesday night, 2-1.”
Fan James Forgie showed up to the airport wearing a Canucks cap and jersey and a sign that read: ‘Hitchhiked from Winnipeg to Vancouver, Go ’Nucks Go’
“I’ve been here since Game 5 of the San Jose series,” said Forgie, a 29-year-old landscaper. “I love it out here.
“I love seeing the fans, the huge crowds, the vehicles all done up, and the flags.”
Forgie said he first became a fan of the Canucks watching them in Winnipeg, even though the city had its own team, the Jets.
“I would watch Bure and Linden come in and score on Essensa — that’s a long time ago,” he said.
“After the Canucks playoff games this year I would drive down the street in Winnipeg honking my horn, and a few people would wave, but it’s not the same.
“So I came out here and I’m loving it.
“We’re going to win. We’re gonna take her.”
Richmond receptionist Melissa Dean showed up with her bra attached to a large cardboard sign and the provocative slogan:
‘This Is The Only Cup You Will Get, Bruins.’
“I’m currently braless — that’s my shout-out to Bieksa,” said Dean, 22.
“We get the real Cup - this is the only cup that they’re going to get.”
Superfan Joel Silvestri took off his shirt to reveal a Canucks tattoo on his left shoulder blade and said he’s got another one in mind.
“I’m going to have the Stanley Cup put right next to it on Thursday morning,” said Silvestri, 20, of Maple Ridge.
“I’m a huge Canucks fan, I’ve had season tickets the last two years.
“I spend all my money on the Canucks — I even have a dog named Bertuzzi.”
The Canucks, who were badly outplayed for the third straight game in Boston — being outscored 17 to three in those road games — could use a shot in the arm as they prepare for their final home game of the season.
That’s exactly what the loud-and-proud Canucks crowd was there to provide, a warm reception for a team that needs plenty of moral moral support as they prepare for the biggest game in Canucks history Wednesday.
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