America’s Vancouver will never be the same.
Hundreds of hockey fans from both sides of the Columbia River, including Camas and Washougal, ventured to the Mountain View Ice Arena Wednesday to hug and kiss the Stanley Cup. The line to see the trophy started forming at 12:30 p.m. In just a few short hours, it stretched from the viewing area above the ice rink, down the stairs, out of the door, and wrapped around the back of the building.
“This is quite an opportunity we know not a lot people get to have,” said Mountain View Ice Arena General Manager Bob Knoerl. “You don’t say ‘no’ to the Stanley Cup. It’s one of the most well-travelled and respected trophies in the world of professional sports.”
The one man who spearheaded this gathering was Vancouver resident Tom McVie, a scout for the 2011 National Hockey League Champion Boston Bruins. On June 15, McVie’s lifelong dream of pursuing a Stanley Cup came true when the Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks in the decisive seventh game of the NHL finals.
For his one day to carry the Cup, McVie brought it home to share with as many family members, friends and rabid followers as possible.
Erin Johnson and her son Devon were the first guests to arrive. They admitted to being longtime Canadian hockey fans who cheered for the Canucks. Obviously, they also wanted to see the Stanley Cup up close.