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Oddly, Chapman recalls being a Rangers fan as a kid and especially loving their uniforms. “I wore it into the newsroom for one game, kind of just to create a reaction, and it did, some people got quite angry,” Chapman said. Even Douglas College student Ryan Wildgrube remembers where he was the night of game seven. “I remember watching game seven at my friend Scott’s place with our parents,” said Wildgrube, a thirdyear psychiatric nursing student at Douglas College. “It was at the time one of the things we kind of all did as a big group.” Wildgrube said the ’94 Canuck team had a strong nucleus. “At the time I was a fan and a number of players stood out. Of course, Pavel Bure, who was an insanely good skater and goal scorer; Trevor Linden, who was an extremely young captain, who led through his actions on the ice; Dave Babych, probably the team’s best defenseman; and Kirk McLean, who was an amazing goalie.” For Trevor Linden, the captain of the Canucks in ’94, who scored both Vancouver goals in game seven of the cup final, the passage of time has not made the loss to the Rangers any easier. In a March 2014 interview on the Hockey

Night in Canada segment called “Inside Hockey,” Linden said the opportunity to win a Stanley Cup is a rare occurrence because you may never get another chance. “I think ultimately, you get that close to something that you dreamed of, you realize the opportunity that you had and the opportunity that you missed,” said Linden. “And I

think just the emptiness of just leaving the ice with nothing [is painful].” Linden also states that because the Canucks did not win the Stanley Cup, he does not have good memories of that ’94 cup run. “People have really fond memories of that spring in Vancouver,” Linden said. “It was a beautiful

What was happening on June 14, 1994? Douglas College only had the New Westminster Campus, as the David Lam Campus didn’t open until fall of 1996 Canadian Prime Minister • Jean Chrétien US President • Bill Clinton BC Premier • Mike Harcourt Number one song on the Billboard Charts • “I Swear” by All-4-One • Number one album on the Billboard Charts • The Sign by Ace of Base Movies released in theatres • Speed and City Slickers II • The Legend of Curly’s Gold (both released on June 10). • The Lion King would open on June 15 Sports Events • The NBA Final was taking place, with the Houston Rockets leading the New York Knicks two games to one • The 1994 FIFA World Cup, held in the US, would begin on June 17

spring and I remember the weather was incredible. It was just very euphoric around the team. So, people have wonderful memories about that. And I got to say I’m not sure that I share that because we lost and that’s the bottom line.” For Pat Quinn, coach of the Canucks during the ’94 cup run, the loss to the Rangers hurt but he was very proud of what his team had accomplished. Before his death in November 2014, Quinn spoke about losing game seven to the Rangers. In an interview during that same March 2014 “Inside Hockey” segment, he stated how proud he was of that Canucks team who captured the hearts and imagination of Vancouver fans during that incredible spring in 1994. “I always believed to this day that the wrong team got that cup, based on its play,” Quinn said. “And it didn’t happen and I’m a bit of a dreamer. I was so disappointed for them because I wanted it badly for them. I always remembered Fred Shero [Philadelphia Flyers coach, who won Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975], saying the old statement that he said, ‘Win and you walk together forever.’ Well, this group in my mind were winners and they will walk together forever.” `

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