When the Yost family arrived at the United Center in Chicago this past Sunday, anticipation to watch the Canucks face the Blackhawks was high.
Jason and Mary, alongside their three kids, Lincoln (7), Oakley (7) and Vienna (3), made the two-hour drive down from Janesville, Wisconsin, as they always do, to see their Canucks in person.
With jerseys on and their loud cheering voices ready, they entered the arena to have their tickets scanned. That’s when their troubles began. Instead of the pleasant BEE-BOOP sound coming from the green-light scanner, an ominous red-lighted scanner rang out ERRRRR instead.
“We didn’t know what to think,” said Jason, who hails from Victoria and grew up a Canucks fan. “We make this drive almost every time the Canucks are here and we’d never had any problems before.”
The Yosts were told their tickets were fake and as the thought of missing the game hit the children, tears hit the floor. Having already spent upwards of $700 on tickets alone, Jason and Mary weren’t about to shell out more.
Jason tweeted @Canucks the following:
— Jason Yost (@jx2y) January 22, 2017
Canucks and Blackhawks to the rescue!
The Blackhawks gave the family a pair of tickets, the Canucks (thanks to Chris Brumwell, VP of Communications & Community Partnerships, and Mike Brown, Manager of Hockey Administration) paid for the other three and it was crisis averted.
It turns out the Yosts are more than simply Canucks fans – they’re diehard Canucks fans. Check out the video below, it’s of the homemade Rogers Arena rink at their home, and before twins Lincoln and Oakley can play, they do their best Mark Donnelly impression!
There will soon be a Henrik Sedin stick on their wall as well, as Jason explained.
“The kids and Mary snuck down to behind the bench with five minutes left and the equipment manager gave our boys Henrik’s stick! They were over the moon! They will forever be Canucks fans because of what the team has done for them over the years.”
It’s the least we could do. And although the Canucks weren’t able to take down the Blackhawks in Chicago, at least the game was closer than the other big game that day most Wisconsin cheeseheads were watching.
Too soon, Packers fans?
The Canucks had a day off Monday in Denver, so they spent some time burning rubber. The guys went go-karting and when the smoke cleared, Henrik Sedin took home first place. Jordan Subban rumbled in dead last.
“I don’t know what I was doing,” laughed Subban.
“We could tell,” smirked Henrik.
Derek Jory – @NoJoryous