Remembering the Bruins’ Stanley Cup win, Vancouver’s reaction

Vancouver crowd
More than 60,000 people at Georgia and Hamilton Streets watched Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Editor’s note: I wrote this June 16 as I was on the plane coming home to Boston from Canada. For photos from Vancouver that I took, see my pictures page. For videos, check out my “Vancouver” posts.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Lifting Lord Stanley’s Cup is unarguably hockey’s greatest achievement, for championships trump individual rewards and history favors the carriers of the Cup as well as the men who doggedly pursued its capture, yet failed in doing so.

It’s with this thought in mind that I believe being on hand for the Boston Bruins’ Stanley Cup title win – a dominant 4-0 Game 7 victory over the host Vancouver Canucks — is a moment I won’t soon forget.

I shot video of the on-ice celebration right in the thick of one of sports’ most precious moments. That thought hasn’t escaped me since I watched a geared up Nathan Horton – despite being unavailable due to a concussion – hug it out with his teammates, capping a grueling and spectacular championship run. It clicked for me right then and there that this is a moment which will be ingrained on my cerebral to the end of my days.

For a sports journalist, it’s easy to think I could have the moment while sitting in the press box, or pregame, or any of those other oft-repeated game situations I’ve encountered. It being a Game 7 of a championship series, one would think that the situation at hand would normally suffice the mnemonic tape recorder to begin its obligatory duty. For me, I guess not so much. It’s the celebration that I’ll always remember, and I think the same can be said for those watching at home around the world.
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The Big Story: Game 7 preview

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Boston.com’s Chad Finn previews Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena, addressing the Canucks’ goalie situation and Johnny Boychuk’s hit on Mason Raymond and how that’ll affect the game. Interviews with Tim Thomas and Canucks general manager Mike Gillis included.

Faces in Vancouver interest me

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — As the Bruins faced the Canucks in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final series, more than 60,000 fans watched the game in downtown Vancouver. Their faces expressed their disappointment in the Canucks’ loss.

The Canadian view of Boston

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — I spent a weekend in Vancouver talking to Canucks fans before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final to see what they thought of Boston and to get their predictions on the series. All of these people knew what was what. And they said it anyways.