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Blog: Why I Loved Brad Marchand's 'Stanley Cup' Chirp
I'm a Vancouver Canucks fan. I had no problem with Brad Marchand's little 'Stanley Cup' chirp on Saturday. Matter of fact, I loved it.
Hockey, even off the ice, needs to be democratic. It needs to have free speech. Sure, if you say something stupid or perhaps ill-timed and overconfident – take Lars Eller's rather disrespectful diss of the Edmonton Oilers from earlier this season, for example – then you run the risk of paying the price, either on your body or on the scoreboard. But, you run that risk.
If Brad Marchand wants to taunt Vancouver's bench, its fans, and everything about the blue and green whale or its once-torched streets, he should go right ahead. He did go right ahead.
It's also well within his rights, and he earned them. He earned them by winning, and by beating Vancouver.
Marchand was one of Boston's better Bruins in that Cup final. He was tenacious, hungry, a little nasty, and he scored. Brad Marchand won the Stanley Cup. He lifted it over his head in Vancouver, for real, way back in 2011. He won it and he should be pretty darn proud of that fact.
Say what you will of that gesture above. Call it classless if you want. You may even be right.
But let's not forget just how much we love it when our players do it – whether your team is Vancouver, or Chicago, or Pittsburgh, or whatever. Think of the players on the Canucks like Ryan Kesler or Alex Burrows, and even Zack Kassian or Kevin Bieksa. Think of how in your face they are and how in your face they play.
Do we really want to rule their style inadequate or unfair, just because we can't take it like we can dish it?
You may not like what Brad Marchand did, but if the Canucks wanted to stop him, they should have done so in 2011. Until Vancouver has its own Cup, it will never have an upper cut that can trump Marchand's jab.