- Our Town
On being side-tracked at a hockey game
Here it is: This week I don’t intend to write about one thing but shall allow for tangents and getting side-tracked. I shall eschew focus and the creating of an unwavering storyline and instead make this final Lane of 2013 also about whatever events, or thoughts, happen along. After all, life is about what happens when you’re on your way somewhere else.
So: the festive season is a good time to go a Canucks game and today, December 22, I am off to see Henrik and Daniel and the lads play the Winnipeg Jets. Warren Wayne and I stand now in a place most of us stand in — the waiting area to get on our beloved Q. of C. Sabina, Warren’s wife, and Pablo, their dog, are here to see us off and the 12:45 is pulling in.
It’s confusing going back to the summer schedule but B.C. Ferries deserves a rare kudos for it.
I wear an old-style Winnipeg Jets hat I got when playing a Metis fur trapper at the Firehall in a play called Wawatay set in Manitoba. Fellow cast-member Jay Brazeau (now touring in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Wizard of Oz’) gave it to me and said I could keep it.
He’s a very nice fellow, Jay is.
We figure the hat will get us attention at the game and it does so immediately. As we wait for the Cap, a fellow asks if we’re going to the game. By the time we’re on the ferry, Christopher Laing, up from Seattle, has offered us a ride to the arena.
Christopher was visiting islander Len Gilday, a photographer and camera operator who has taken photos of the well-known, including David Suzuki, and islanders. In fact, Mr. Gilday shot the library’s Bowen Reads calendar, which features locals such as Pat Buchanan from the Irly Bird, Tyler Matzen and Louise McIntosh (photographed reading in the ferry line-up).
The hat got us to meet Christopher and now instead of taking the bus downtown, we’re riding in style in an awesome car (I don’t know the make, but it’s very comfortable). Mr. Laing actually saw the new Jets’ first game three years ago, being a friend of David Thomson, who’s a part of the ownership group.
We’re dropped off at Earl’s downtown and joined by Tom Wilson, the generous person with tickets. Tom is a great storyteller and friend of Richard Brodeur, former Canuck goalie, and has hung around with Bobby Hull. Tom tells us about the time a friend accidentally spilled something on people in front of him at a game and how he bought them all team jerseys to make up for it.
This is what I tell Tom: I once spent the better part of a weekend figuring out which NHL family had the most ‘family’ points ever in the league. I’d looked for that information for an online story but it didn’t exist so I started adding numbers.
Most people think the Sutters are on top, given there were six brothers in the NHL and now two of their sons, but it’s the Hulls. People forget that besides all the points from Bobby and his son Brett, they had Dennis Hull, Bobby’s brother, who scored a ton of points, too.
The Hulls collectively had 3,215 points. The Sutters are second and, thanks to the kids, closing in, about 150 points behind. Third? The Gretzkys (Wayne’s brother Brent had four NHL points). Then it’s all the Howes and then all the Stasnys. The Sedins are in 16th place.
Say I’m almost out of space. That’s what going off on tangents can do. The game? It was good. The Canucks won, 2-1 and our seats were behind a net and we had a great view. The Boy’s a goalie so next time we’ll bring him to see Luongo up close.
There was a young couple next to me who talked incessantly. I wanted them to stop. It was a date for them, not a hockey game, and it was annoying. Tom’s gonna take us to the same seats next time and if they’re there I intend to spill something on them, but not buy them jerseys.
Hey wait — I can’t end the Slow Lane for 2013 with meanness! Something else. Anything! Okay, so the wife picked us up and we made the 8:45 and saw people on the ferry and I’ll choose one to be the last name in the Slow Lane for 2013.
But the one that comes to mind doesn’t like being in the paper. He told me not to put him in the paper. But I have to. I can’t think of anyone else. Right. Chris Speight. But is putting Chris in the paper mean, too? No, it’s okay.