Maureen Turner: We Are Family


Oh Canuck!

A Lesson in Sportsmanship All Athletes Should Learn

Well, I have one sad Canucks fan on my hands here.

We decided to let Ethan stay up for the last game of the Stanley Cup. Not only was it possible that a Canadian team might win, but the Canucks are also Ethan’s favourite team. I should mention this is the team he chose at the beginning of the year, not one he started cheering for because they were winning.

He made this sign to hold while he watched:


Then, he decided to go to bed half-way through the 3rd period because he had lost faith.

All my life, I played soccer, and for most of that my father was my coach. He always had a good pep talk for us when we were up against a tough team, reminding us that anyone can win, and not to defeat ourselves by believing the other team was better.

The reverse was said of a team that we could beat easily. He would tell us not to get too confident. If we go in expecting to win, we could easily not try as hard and give away the game.

So, when I saw this quote from Daniel Sedin, I thought the Canucks might be in trouble:

"We're going to win Game 7. We're 3-3 and we won all three games at home, and we have the fourth game at home. So we have the seventh game at home, and we'll take that. We are confident."

I wish that Sedin’s dad had given the same pep talks as my dad.

Better luck next year, Vancouver.