Vancouver Canucks Look Average, Much Like Their Fans

Steve McSweenSenior Analyst IApril 21, 2010

VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 15: Rally towels for the fans blanket the seats prior to the start of Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs at General Motors Place on April 15, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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The Vancouver Canucks may be Canada's best hope for bringing the Stanley Cup back north of the border, but they have played with the same enthusiasm that they have received from their fans, which is why they are down 2-1 to the young upstart Los Angeles Kings.

The recipe for success is simple really. The louder it gets in the building, the more energized the players will be from the crowd.

There is a reason it's called "home ice advantage" especially when the fans are loud and boisterous.

Instead, the fans in Vancouver for the most part have about as much heartfelt emotion as a Tiger Woods apology speech.

It is a far cry from the atmosphere that is displayed in hockey cities like Detroit, Chicago and Montreal come playoff time.

Now I'm not saying it's the be all end all, the onus really comes down to the players that are making millions to perform night in and night out.

Even more so come playoff time.

But, if not for the towels that are layed out on each seat before game time, Vancouver fans may just be a bunch of suits and skirts, especially in the lower bowl.

What gives?

They can afford club seats and a Gucci suit, but not a Canucks jersey? I really don't get it.

Looking around the league, there are white outs in Phoenix and Pittsburgh, a sea of red in Washington, and the newly formed black sea in Los Angeles.

You think they could man up in Vancouver, and attempt to all sport the Canuck blue.

Even the Calgary fans show more team pride in the preseason, each one of them donning an official Flames jersey, making up a "C" of red.

It may just be a case of the knowledgeable fan not being able to afford to go to the games. After all, Vancouver has one of the highest ticket prices in the NHL, so Joe Schmo blue-collar worker can't afford to attend games.

The problem is, he is more passionate about the game of hockey than some businessman who is trying to impress a date.

The end result, is what we see in the seats at Canucks games as opposed to just about any other NHL teams arena that is in the Stanley Cup Playoffs right now.

So if the Kings fans are gonna wear black, Canucks fans should give 'em blue...and hope their team can inflict those same two colours on their new friends from Hollywood, or else this series may just be over faster than a Drew Doughty point shot.

I'm a Calgary Flames fan, but I would cheer for the Vancouver Canucks if they were the last Canadian club in the dance.

That is if the Canucks fans could learn how to cheer for them first.