Vancouver mayor says Canucks will prove ‘naysayers wrong’ 0
Vancouver Canucks mascot Fin has some fun with Mayor Gregor Robertson, who is predicting a Stanley Cup for the city this season. (FILE PHOTO)
You heard it here first, Gregor Robertson is calling a Stanley Cup for the Vancouver Canucks this season.
Although as mayor of the city, that also happens to be the politically correct prediction to make.
Nonetheless, he took some time out of his busy schedule Wednesday to talk some hockey — with the hometown NHL team opening their season Thursday.
"A lot of people think the Canucks' star is fading and this team is going to be motivated to prove those naysayers wrong," Robertson said.
The mayor adds fans will see a "real renaissance" with goaltender Roberto Luongo this season, while the hiring of new head coach John Tortorella is a "smart gamble."
"Torts brings new blood and energy to that mix, which is important," he said. "It'll be more colourful, but these guys could use a jolt now and again."
Robertson admits he manages to attend just a handful of games each year, but tries to catch most of them on TV or radio — although not when it's during city council meetings.
"I wish," he said with a laugh. "Unfortunately the screens in council chamber don't deliver the games, but I get a steady diet of hockey."
As for any superstitions, it's all about mixing things up for the mayor if the Canucks are losing — whether it's the jersey he's wearing, the location he's watching at, or even the beer he's drinking.
"Make sure you're inviting better luck," he said.
In the end, better luck and better success for the Canucks benefits local businesses.
"It's a huge boom for our bars and restaurants and for the happiness factor in Vancouver," he said. "It's really important that the Canucks go all the way. We've been waiting for 40-odd years, and it's good for business to top that off."