Word on the (Nelson) street has Canucks going all the, er, can’t say it, don’t even want to go there

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily Sports It’s the talk of the gas stations.It’s the talk of the coffee shops and beer and wine stores.The Vancouver Canucks are on the verge of, er, can’t say it, don’t even want to go there.But some people are more optimistic than others.“Canucks in five,” chimed Shawn and Cam Robertson, owner/operators of Taghum Shell convenience store located west of Nelson, who were not at all shy about trumpeting their series picks.The Robertson brothers have been hearing all the hype from customers ever since the Canucks disposed of the San Jose Sharks to advance into the Cup final.“Everybody it talking about the Canucks run to the Stanley Cup,” said Cam Robertson.“Canuck fans have had to wait 17 years just to get to the cup final let alone have a chance to win it all,” said Shawn Robertson.People everywhere are talking about the start of the Stanley Cup Final.Jim Plamondon at Wait’s News on Baker Street has listened to customer after customer give his or her read on the best-of-seven affair.“Its kind of fun,” said Plamondon. “People are pretty excited and are all pretty confident the Canucks are going to do it . . . in five of six games,” he added.Some people are saying this series is about the same mismatch as in 1982 when Vancouver shocked the hockey world — mostly thanks to King Richard Brodeur — before being swept out the door by the Mike Bossy, Billy Smith, Bryan Trottier and the New York Islanders.“Nashville on steroids is Boston,” said Shawn Robertson. “(Vancouver’s) puck possession game is better than Boston’s and we’re faster. The Bruins have two good defenceman we have six.“And depth . . . overall talent up front.”The Robertson’s and Plamondon say people coming in the stores, Vancouver fans out number Boston faithful by a wide margin.However, over at The Grand Merchants manager Scott Swetlikoe tells The Nelson Daily there are a few more Bruins’ fans than he’d like to see.“What surprises me the most is all the Boston Bruins fans coming into the store but then again it really doesn’t surprise me because of Bobby Orr and the way Vancouver played for all those years,” Swetlikoe said Tuesday afternoon. But I’d have to still say it’s a 70/30 split in favour of Vancouver.”Included in the 30-percent is co-worker David Vova — a Boston fan since he was six-years-old.‘I don’t feel bad at all,” Vova said when asked about the ribbing he’s taking from Canuck Nation.“I lived in Vancouver for 20 years, but I was a Boston fan then and I’m a Boston fan now.”“It goes back to my childhood,” he added. “I really liked watching Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Derek Sanderson and Johnny Buyck. Plus I really liked the Boston jersey.”Despite talking the talk, most Canuck fans in the Heritage City don’t really appear to be in the spirit just yet.The only signs of Canuck bandwagon jumping Plamondon sees from his Baker Street location is team flags fluttering in the wind from passing vehicles.But there’s a reason for that.“Not game day,” said Cam Robertson.“Not game day,” responded Swetlikoe to the same question. “Tomorrow (Wednesday) I’ll have it on.”The hype will reach epic proportions Wednesday at Rogers Arena after Mark Donnelly whips the fan-o-meter with his version of O’Canada.Game two goes Saturday in Lotus land before the series shifts back to Boston for games three and four, Monday and Wednesday.If necessary game five is Friday, June 8 in Vancouver.According to the Robertson brothers that should be the night Vancouver . . .. Can’t say, don’t want to go there.Time to sit back, with fingers and legs crossed, and just watch the game. And may best (Canucks) team [email protected]last_img

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