Canada Day is a time to ponder the things that bond us together as Canadians and for me, hockey is one of the most basic. I grew up with Hockey Night in Canada, cheering away with my dad in our rec room and cursing lousy ref’ing calls. From an early age, hockey has ignited my patriotism in a unique and powerful way.
I’ll never forget the country-wide cheer that went up for Paul Henderson’s winning goal in the ’72 Canada/Russia series. Or the way we celebrated wildly in Vancouver when both our men’s and women’s hockey teams won Olympic gold in 2010. If you grew up in Canada hockey is bound to be in your blood. So thank you Howie Meeker and thank you Dad, for helping me love this great Canadian game that is hockey!
Brenda McLuhan lives on Bowen Island, BC, and still cheers for the Leafs.