Hodge: The time has come for ‘our’ Canucks to make history

I hate to say I told you so—but I did. Actually I don’t hate to say it—I rather enjoy it.

I hate to say I told you so—but I did. Actually I don’t hate to say it—I rather enjoy it.

Regardless, the (our) Vancouver Canucks are in the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 17 years and the second time in the club’s 40-year history.

Like so many fans out there, I am hoping that the Canucks can finally win their first Stanley Cup.

Lord knows we are long overdue.

Several weeks back in this column, I predicted a Boston-Vancouver final.

Depending upon the outcome of the Game 7 played between the Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday (this column was written Friday morning), the Canucks may indeed meet my long-loved Bruins in the final series.

Boston has not won the cup in 39 years—so both clubs and their fans are on pins and needles.

When one makes playoff predictions they often blow up in one’s face. But I must repeat my earlier predictions so I can brag and strut.

I predicted: “In the Western Conference the Vancouver Canucks will finally thump their nemesis the Chicago Black Hawks in six games. Detroit will slide by Phoenix in five games, San Jose will down Los Angeles Kings in six games thanks to goalie Niemi’s brilliance, and Nashville will upset Anaheim in six…Despite the huge scoring line of Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan, the Ducks will disappear early.

“The Eastern Conference will see Boston rally to edge Montreal in seven games Tampa Bay will rally as well in edging Pittsburgh in seven games Buffalo rides the brilliance of Miller to victory over the powerful (but weak in goal) Philadelphia Flyers. Washington will edge the Rangers in a surprising seven game series.

“I’m predicting the final four teams to be Vancouver and San Jose in the West and Boston and Washington. (Whoops, I should have said Tampa.)

“Watch for a Vancouver-Boston final, with Vancouver finally winning their first Stanley Cup in modern history.

“MVP award will go to Daniel Sedin or Roberto Luongo.”

Let’s hope my prediction continue to hold true.

Go Canucks Go!

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Last weekend, the Deb Stone Band totally rocked the Kelowna Community Theatre (again, as predicted), proving that Kelowna music fans do want a place to dance even if they are my age (50 plus).

The concert/dance  included Stone singing a number of her original songs from her excellent CD, Written In Stone, as well as a variety of covers of such artists as The Eagles, CCR, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Trooper, Doobie Brothers, Patsy Cline  and Janis Joplin.

Stone and band kept the crowd happy and hopping throughout the night and deserve a hearty round of applause.

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As I have mentioned in this column before, my agreement with the editor is that I’m not allowed to make comment on city council discussions in this space.

That agreement stops me from correcting, clarifying or commenting on any inaccurate, incomplete or misinterpreted media coverage of meetings.

I am particularly offended by some recent “stories” and “editorials” by certain media members regarding the issue of the remuneration review that recently took place for council.

Therefore, I encourage any readers who want to know what was actually said by myself and other council members to log on to the city web site and listen to the actual minutes of that meeting held on May 9.  Your ears and eyes may be opened.

As well, for the past year and a half (and until the end of this November) I am at the Grateful Fed restaurant downtown every Friday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to meet with anyone who has questions about city issues, or you can reach me at home at 250-979-7254.

I encourage you to get the real story before passing judgement on what was said or decided.

Charlie Hodge is a Capital News contributor.

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