‘Canuck Libre’ bares chest in bid to stoke some passion for Canucks playoff run (Video)
New Canucks mascot 'Canucks Libre' joins the race to the Stanley Cup.
Photograph by: Glenn Baglo, PNG
Vancouver fans have a new hockey hero to help them cheer and his name is Canuck Libre.
He is masked, much like the bare-chested Mexican wrestler that actor Jack Black portrayed in the film Nacho Libre, and so The Province has decided to protect his true identity.
But all you have to know is that Libre, from the tips of his gold boots to his special white, green and blue Canucks mask, wants Vancouver to vanquish its opposition beginning Wednesday against the Los Angeles Kings.
The man behind the mask is a 28-year-old salesman who is a lifelong Canucks fan.
“I have 11 jerseys,” he explained Monday.
But those jerseys pale in comparison to blue tights, green shorts, a Canucks flag serving as a cape and a sombrero-wearing terrier-Chihuahua cross named Señor Steve acting as a sidekick.
The idea is simple: “Basically just to get the passion going.”
But the whole plan of a superhero fan was born during a dinner with friends in Gigante Music Boutique who wanted to promote their original theme song.
That video, featuring Canuck Libre preparing for game night, will be up on YouTube by Wednesday.
“We wanted to have something that would make people laugh and promote their music,” he explained.
Libre is optimistic the Canucks understand what he is doing.
“I hope they feel there’s a hero on their side,” he said.
Libre follows in the wake of the Canucks’ official mascot Fin and stretches past the famous spandex-clad Green Men, who have no problem with some supportive competition.
“The more the merrier, absolutely,” said ‘Force,’ one of the two green guys who taunt opposing players. “We encourage it. Whatever is going to distract the competition.
“If Drew Doughty [the star Los Angeles defenceman] looks into the stands and sees two idiots in green and a guy in a Nacho Libre costume, we are going to win, I assure you,” he said.
‘Force’ and ‘Sully’ will be at the games Wednesday and Friday. They hope to be at as many other games as they can afford. You can follow Libre by tuning into The Early Edition and On The Coast on the radio or watching Seeking Stanley following each Canucks game on Hockey Night in Canada.
There will also be a Hockey Fan Zone on the corner of Georgia and Hamilton. More information is available on the events page at CBC.
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