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Canucks and Grief

Yes, for those of you who’ve been fans for enough years, you know that feeling when the Canucks have been eliminated from the playoffs.

Last year at this time, Max, Chris and I were watching intently in the ‘TV room’ that I am writing this post from tonight.  Depending on your fan status, you may painfully recall how the Canucks were tossed from Stanley Cup eligibility by the Chicago Blackhawks.

I looked at the boys and said, “You know that feeling you have in your gut right now?”  They both answered with affirmative grunts.  “Welcome to becoming a true Canuck fan.”  …we are all hoping for a better outcome this year starting with the Kings!!

Tongue in cheek aside, the Canucks as an organization are absolutely amazing when it comes to working with grief in our community.  Canuck Place is the most public exhibit of that committment, but much goes on behind the scenes including the Sedin brothers donation of $1,500,000 to Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.

Even during our ordeal of the past 4 weeks since Chris’ passing, having hockey games on has been a great distraction and way to take a little focus off the immediate pain of loss.

Today at work, I decided to have a little fun with Kelly Angelo and Dave Pinton, two great colleagues in the Marketing and Communications dept. Not everything is funny these days, but it does feel good to laugh…and it’s ok!

Go Canucks Go.  Be the Best.  And enjoy a little jersey fun with the video below.

By Randy Friesen

Randy Friesen is a business strategist, manager and educator based in Vancouver, BC and Detroit, Michigan. He is also a husband and father. He loves the creative process and is active in creating art and music.

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