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Canuck Nation alive and well in Okanagan

Local cookie maker and Vancouver Canucks fans Sarah De Francesco and her son Jacob, 4, (above) show their support for the team with a new line of Canucks cookies De Francesco has created at her business, Sarah’s Sweets cookie company.  - Alistair Waters/Capital News
Local cookie maker and Vancouver Canucks fans Sarah De Francesco and her son Jacob, 4, (above) show their support for the team with a new line of Canucks cookies De Francesco has created at her business, Sarah’s Sweets cookie company.
— image credit: Alistair Waters/Capital News

Despite the 8-1 drubbing Canucks took in game 3, Kelowna fans are still planning on painting the town red for a victory in Vancouver.

Or as the case may actually be; they’re already painting the town, their faces, baked goods, classrooms and, in one extreme case, a house, Canucks blue.

Standing apart from other fans, based on size alone, is Lake Country resident Jake Lockhart’s homage to B.C.’s team.

In other years his giant blue house may be called an eyesore, but in the last few weeks it’s prompted celebratory outbursts well-worth the gallons of paint and hours of work he invested.

“We moved into our house in February, and we were going to do a lot of renovations, so when the Canucks won the President’s Trophy we thought this may be a good opportunity,” he said.

So, he and his dad Harley Lockhart loaded up with paint one Sunday afternoon and got to work turning the house into a giant Canuck ad.

“We did a really good job with the logo,” said Jake. “We printed an 8.5 by 11, my dad got out ruler and calculator, plotted out the logo so it would transfer to the garage.”

The house has become a bit of a beloved oddity in the neighbourhood and beyond.

“We’re getting honks on game day, and people are coming to the house so they can take their photos in front of it,” he said, adding it’s even been written about in Vancouver newspapers and national magazines.

That said, the goodwill can only take his pet project so far.

“I am married, so it will have to come off at some time,” he said.

“But we will see how long I can go.”

While Lockhart decided to go big at home, across the valley there has been a significant showing of team spirit.

In a pint-sized show of support, kindergarten through Grade 7 students at Our Lady of Lourdes wore Vancouver Canucks jerseys to school on Monday and waved about “Go Canucks Go” signs.

Their adult counterparts have been boosting business at pubs and restaurants showing the games and even a local shelter has been getting in on a bit of Canucks action.

Over at Kelowna’s Gospel Mission, games have provided an opportunity for some Canucks themed cheer.

“We’ve had a TV in the dining room since the series started, and everyone’s been sitting around like we’re going to a buddy’s house to watch the games,” said Ami Catriona, the mission’s representative.

“We have a lot of Canucks fans here, so we brought out the markers, the poster board and glue sticks and went to town decorating.”

That effort took place before Monday’s crushing defeat, mind you. But, Catriona said once the shock faded, fans at the Mission rallied. “Just because they live with us doesn’t make them less of fans,” she said.

 

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