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Behind the Lens: Player-Father Road Trip (Day Two)

by Jeff Vinnick / Vancouver Canucks

Canucks photographer Jeff Vinnick joined the team for their four-day Player-Father road trip that takes them through Minnesota and Nashville.

Canuck Dad's will join the players on the team charter, attend both games, and have a chance to see the everyday off-ice NHL business.  This trip is a great opportunity for the fathers to meet all of the Canuck personnel, other fathers, and most importantly, gives them a chance to spend some quality time with their sons.

Jeff Vinnick has kindly agreed to share a few thoughts, and hopefully a slew of pictures over the next week as he captures action behind the scenes.

Minnesota, Day Two:

Well it doesn’t get much better than it did last night. Beating your biggest foe on the road in a comeback overtime victory.

The Canucks played their game and shut down Minnesota as the shots on goal testified. Shorty commented on the bus that it wasn’t the most exciting game to call but the only thing any Canuck fan will remember is the final score.

It was a perfectly written script with the pop’s in the house. The Dads enjoyed the game from upper level club seating and were surrounded by a large constituency of Wild fans so when Daniel Sedin scored the overtime goal, cheers were kept to a minimum. Those cheers were brought to the dressing room after the game. There was an abundance of smiles and congratulations amongst fathers and sons afterwards but like all road games, there is little time for celebration as Canuck Air is warm and running in the parking lot across the street.

The 1 ½ hour ride to Nashville was enjoyable with the victory and stories from the game were shared. Fathers and sons sat side by side on the plane and shared meals and stories from the game. The Dads seemed to have a million questions for their sons about the Wild match and their boys dissected the 65 minutes and kept their audience in rapture.

Now in Nashville and leaving for the rink for a practice. It’s team photo day today and we’ll have almost double the number of subjects for our photo. I bet this pic is hung with pride in a few homes scattered all over the world.

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