The fans figured their cherished Vancouver Canucks deserved it.

The group had actually battled through three playoff series for a spot in the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history. They had actually already lost 2 games to the New York Islanders.But as the CBC's

Tom Alderman discovered, they weren't losing faith when the series came to the B.C. city." [They're] big winners with their sometimes fickle fans," said The Journal's Barbara Frum in her introduction to the story.

'The typical braggadocio'

"I'm a Canucks fan, "said a guy who was discussing why he had actually encamped to buy tickets."A born-again Canucks fan, but I'm a Canucks fan." (The Journal/CBC Archives

)"They got no service being up there,"stated Alderman, standing in between two fans who were trying to enjoy the game on TV in a bar." But somehow the Vancouver Canucks remain in the Stanley Cup finals."The group had actually beat the Calgary Flames in the very first round, the L.A. Kings in the 2nd and the Chicago Blackhawks during the 3rd. Throughout Game 2 in the series against the Blackhawks, coach Roger Neilson had actually placed a white towel on a hockey stick and waved it a referee in obvious demonstration over a set of calls versus the Canucks.

The towel "ended up being the rallying action that moved the underdog group into [the] 1982 Stanley Cup final," remembered the Vancouver Sun in 2015.

The last series may not be easy, but Vancouver fans were thrilled simply to see their group in the last.

"We got the better climate, we got the much better groups. We should deserve it," said a man indulging in what Alderman called "the normal braggadocio."

'Vancouver is there'

"This simply doesn't occur very often, the Canucks making it to a last,"said a fan who was waiting to purchase hockey tickets."They've worked hard, so I'm going to come down and cheer for them."( The Journal/CBC Archives) Alderman provided audiences a peek of some the

1,000 people who had actually lined up a dull corridor for tickets to the next 2 video games. A few of them had actually been there for up to 2 days and brought lawn chairs."They want to be in on history, B.C. design,"stated the press reporter. The raucous fans, some of whom had empty pizza boxes neighboring or were playing games to pass the time, cheered for the camera.

"They're seeing this game all over the world," stated a bearded guy. "And Vancouver is there."

'Big escape'

Prof. Robin Martin, an"specialist on the Vancouver mind,"shared his point of view on the fans' embrace of their group. (The Journal/CBC Archives)"The body is ailing in Vancouver, "said college teacher Martin Robin, attempting to determine the city's welcome of its hockey team."People are trying to find some sort of huge escape, and they're finding it in

their hockey team. "Members of the group got a" hero's welcome "at the airport upon their return from New York.

It didn't look helpful for them going into Game 3, but Alderman said that eventually didn't matter.

"Vancouver fans do not firmly insist that its heroes be routine winners," he summarized. "Just that they provide a taste of impossible dreams."

The Canucks lost the Stanley Cup last that year to the New York Islanders in a four-game sweep.

They have actually because made it to the Stanley Cup final twice, in 1994 and 2011, however have never ever won.

The Vancouver Canucks' Harold Snepsts, left, and Stan Smyl hold the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl after winning Campbell Conference in NHL playoff action against Chicago on May 6, 1982. (Fred Jewell/Associated Press)
'The typical braggadocio'
"I'm a Canucks fan, "stated a male who was describing why he had actually camped out to buy tickets. (The Journal/CBC Archives

)"They got no company being up there,"said Alderman, standing between two fans who were trying to view the game on TELEVISION in a bar.'Vancouver is there'

"This just doesn't happen very often, the Canucks making it to a final,"said a fan who was waiting to buy hockey tickets."They're watching this video game all over the world," said a bearded guy. (The Journal/CBC Archives)"The body is ailing in Vancouver, "said college teacher Martin Robin, trying to identify the city's welcome of its hockey group.