This is my first post on Blue Line Station and it’s ironic that I’m writing this post from my new home: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
So what is so ironic?
The Vancouver Canucks are just two wins away from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals. The last time they reached the Conference Finals was in 1994 when they played and defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, putting them in the finals against The New York Rangers.
The Rangers of course defeated the Canucks 4 games to 3 to capture their first Cup Final in 54 years.
I have been living in Canada for almost three years. Soon after I arrived in November of 2008, the Canucks were in NY to play the Rangers. I met a friend at a local bar to watch the game. I was dressed in my Rangers sweater and he came in his Canucks’ sweater. The Rangers lost but that didn’t matter so much as the opportunity to show my Ranger pride in the middle of “enemy territory.”
When I look back over the three NHL seasons I’ve spent in Vancouver, I notice some interesting similarities between the Canucks and their current playoff run and the Rangers.
The Canucks have been steadily developing a very good team over the past three years and I think the Rangers are at the precipice of becoming a strong and formidable team that will see more success in the playoffs in the upcoming season and beyond.
Like the Canucks who have progressed under their coach, NY has a young team that has shown development under John Tortorella.
There is a real sense of team and support for Vancouver and it would be nice to see the home team succeed in this year’s Stanley Cup.
I look forward to contributing to Blue Line Station and will on occasion write about my experiences as a Rangers’ fan in Canuck Territory.
I am pulling for the Canucks to win it all but my heart is always with the Rangers.
Lets Go Rangers!