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Okay, the truth is I just wanted to show off my cool picture of me and Stanley (I'm the one on the left). Since I had to write something to go with the picture, here is my bio.
I have been a Vancouver Canucks fan since the early 1970s. The addiction started with a small stack of hockey cards thrown my direction by another kid cleaning out his desk at school. They had funny pictures of players in uniforms (that just didn't look quite right) and stats on the back.
By the end of the 1970s, the quest for numbers had grown. A newspaper strike led to the creation of David's official NHL standings with results from each game used to calculate team points. With the purchase of the 1980-81 Vancouver Canucks Yearbook (back when Stan Smyl was number 20 on the all-time scoring list), the quest for official statistics began.
The advent of computers increased my ability to keep track of specific stats. No longer was it enough to track goals, assists, and points, but now entire box scores could be entered. My custom database program currently contains over 3,000 games, 17,000 goals and 19,000 penalties. Some of my work has been published in the Canuck program and has been used by the Canucks to make their yearbook/media guide more accurate (now, I'm just bragging). In order to share some of this information, the Canuck Library was created.
In 1988-89, I joined the Vancouver Canucks Booster Club. When I was elected president, the club had 60 members. Six years later, the club had over 400 members (the Stanley Cup run helped a bit). After the 1995-96 season, I stepped down as president (although the current board members still won't let me leave).
It was also through my connections with the club that I met the "keeper of the cup" who let me hold Stanley long enough for a picture. Thanks, Walt.
You know, with all this stuff on my resume, you'd think the Canucks would hire me.
In an era of Orca Borg (resistance is futile), luxury boxes and corporate support, the Canucks do not dominate my life like they used to. Instead, some of my attention has turned to grass roots hockey. I have volunteered as a coach and currently work as an on-ice official (both are harder than they look).
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This page last updated July 27, 2011