This news combines two of our favorite things: community team spirit during the Stanley Cup Playoffs and how to make the most of those relics left behind after the Olympic Games have been hosted by a city.
On Monday in Vancouver, two hours before the puck drops for Game 3 in Boston between the Canucks and Bruins, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark will re-light the Winter Olympic cauldron as a show of support for the local hockey heroes.
(Hopefully things go more smoothly than the first cauldron lighting of the 2010 Winter Games, when that Superman Fortress of Solitude structure failed to completely form. Malfunctioning cauldrons make Space Bear angry.)
Previously, Clark and the BC legislature had hijacked the happy vibes of the Canucks' Cup run for their own political gain gotten in the spirit of the Stanley Cup Final by raising a Vancouver Canucks flag at the BC legislature in Victoria:
Also, Clark threatened to jail Boston Bruins fan and Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom during the Finals, saying, "I think that's going a step too far, but I know there is some movement in caucus in that direction."
She was kidding. We think.
Bottom line: There's an inescapable vibe right now that an NHL season that started several months after Vancouver saw Team Canada win Olympic hockey gold could end with the local team winning its first Stanley Cup. And, in both cases, having a U.S. team as its final obstacle ...