To whom it may concern in Canucks Nation,
First, let me say being a part of Canucks Nation, is one my favourite things and I love just about everything about this fan base. However over the last few weeks I have become increasingly concerned with the growing number of fans that are seemingly in favour of the team tanking. I am not talking about just tanking due to circumstance or for a high draft pick but a growing lack of support for the team from the fans. It is incredibly easy to be a fan when everything is going well for your team but as they struggle for stretches or experience growing pains of development it can become increasingly difficult.
I am writing to ask you a simple favour. I know not every decision made by the team, or the coach or the management will always be agreed upon BUT one thing that should not waver is YOUR support for YOUR team. And I know that seeing the team experiencing growing pains as they attempt to balance the infusion of youth into the veteran core is not always fun or an easy experience. I simply ask that while the team transitions, that we would all lean towards supporting them every game rather than tear them down.
Yes, the team has struggled to find consistency this season due to various circumstances but that doesn’t make me any less of a fan. I was a Vancouver Canucks fan yesterday, today and will still be tomorrow. I know that not every season is going to be perfect, in fact most will be far from it as this team is building for now and the future. I know that that there will be hiccups along the way, there will be learning curves and there will be lessons learned.
The media will not determine when or how I support this team. Playoffs or no playoffs will not determine when I support the team. First place or last place will not determine when I support this team. No one ever said that the 82-game journey that each team embarks on each season would be easy with no mistakes. Being a fan means standing by your team through the good and the bad. 24/7/365.
As always, until next time, nuck said.
Well said! Through thick and thin… that’s what being a hockey fan is about.
Yes, exactly! and thank-you for the kind words :).
I could not agree more, Sarah. Thankyou for your loyalty and sparkling insight! 🙂 We love this team, you & I, and there is nothing anyone could say, or do, that could ever change that. One of the main things that attracted me to Hockey, all those years ago, is its unpredictability, You never know what is going to happen from one moment to the next, and even for the best team, momentum can switch, on a dime. You are so right, rebuilding can be a painful experience, and one we’ve faced many many times in franchise history. We’ve also had some brilliant stretches, and that, for me, makes it all the more exhillerating. Tanking deliberately, is not a viable option, I mean, okay if we stumble a bit, while our new crop of youngsters find their footing, and we net a favourable draft pick, I can get behind that, but it doesn’t show good sportsmanship to Just not try, imagine how awesome it is going to be when our turn comes to hoist Lord Stanley’s Holy Grail? Pricelss? You bet!!!