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Feelin' lucky

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
In the same way the Canucks miss 100 percent of the shots they don’t take, Canucks fans miss out on 100 percent of the contests they don’t enter.

Yoko Takei didn’t make that mistake as earlier this month she entered an exclusive contest open only to Canucks E-News members and as luck would have it, her name was drawn from over 16,500 entries.

“I buy the occasional lottery ticket, but I never think I’ll win and this was the same so it was so cool when I actually won, I jumped up and down,” said Yoko, a student at BCIT.

Yoko’s enthusiasm was more than warranted as she walked away with more than a mere Vancouver hat or t-shirt, she hit the jackpot and was whisked away to Phoenix to watch the Coyotes host the Canucks on March 21.

The prize included two roundtrip flights to Phoenix courtesy of Air Canada, a pair of tickets to the Canucks/Coyotes game, two night’s accommodation, massages at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Resort and spending money.

Almost a week has passed since Yoko touched down in Vancouver and she’s still giddy with excitement about the whole trip – the weather was phenomenal and the sights and sounds were unforgettable.

“Everything was amazing, it was a seamless experience from beginning to end and we both felt like we were taken care of,” said Yoko, who brought her fiancé Eric along, in spite of his love for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“I was torn about who to bring, but he loves the Canucks too, they’re his second favourite team,” laughed Yoko.

Much to the surprise of Yoko and Eric, who were decked out in Canucks gear, Vancouver seemed like everyone’s favourite team when they arrived at Arena in Glendale, Arizona, for the game.

Vancouver fans often travel in hoards to Phoenix to watch their beloved Canucks play and this game was no exception; the pro-Canucks crows created an unbelievable atmosphere for cheering on the visiting team.

“I’ve been to Canucks games but never away from Vancouver so it was just so much fun to see other Canucks fans there and we just started hanging out with them.

“In the beginning the Canucks fans were really loud, there was a section of people right next to us and there was about 20 of them, so they were really loud in the beginning.”

Just as Vancouver fell asleep on the ice, their fans went silent in the stands as there wasn’t much to cheer about as the game wore on, finishing 5-1 in favor of Phoenix.

The Canucks came out swinging early with 15 shots in the first period, but goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov kept Vancouver at bay long enough for Phoenix to take a 3-0 lead early in the second period.

From there things went from bad to worse as Shane O’Brien accidently scored an own-goal before the Coyotes made it 5-0 in the third; the lone Canucks highlight was Alex Burrows scoring with time winding down to break Bryzgalov’s shutout bid.
“The Canucks fans were definitely a lot louder in the beginning, but we were humbled later on, especially when we scored on our own net.

“We made a sign but we didn’t really get to show it off all that much because we didn’t have much to celebrate, and once the Coyotes started scoring we got taunted and heckled a little bit, they asked us why we weren’t showing our sign anymore.

“It was all in good fun and even though the Canucks didn’t play so well, it was just great to be there to support the team.”

This E-News contest was presented by the Vancouver Canucks in partnership with Air Canada, Renaissance Glendale Hotel and Resort and the Team 1040.

For your chance to win great prizes like this, including trips, playoff tickets, signed merchandise and more, sign up for Canucks E-News; Yoko is proof that being a member is truly rewarding.

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