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Stecher blog - 9.16.16

Troy Stecher, aka Etch-a-Stech, writes before making his Canucks debut

by Troy Stecher @troystecher / Young Stars blogger

I have a confession to make: this isn't my first time blogging.

As a communications major at University of North Dakota I had the chance to run a blog similar to this, giving fans insight into me and the team. It was a lot of fun and now that I'm back at it again, I'll admit I forgot how much I enjoyed it. My UND blog had something this blog doesn't, however: an incredible title. It was called Etch-a-Stech and the UND team made the epic photo below for it! Hilarious.

I got a nap in this afternoon and my thoughts are now on tonight's game against the Oilers, which streams live on Youtube.com/Canucks and Facebook.com/Canucks (they made me write that!!). Throwing on that jersey for the first time will be pretty special. I've dreamed about doing that as a little kid and I'm really looking forward to that moment.

I'll be paired with Olli Juolevi tonight, meaning I'll be as much a spectator of his skillset as you will be. He's a great player and I think we work well together, although we've only been together during development camp and now two skates here. Communication will be key and I'm confident we'll be solid. He's my roommate during Young Stars, so we've been bonding since we got here. He's a nice, humble guy and there's a little swagger there too. Rightfully so.

I'm nervous, but I'm told you can't tell by looking at me. I don't show much emotion, I'm a pretty composed guy and I'm living in the moment, enjoying every minute of this. I think that I get that from my dad, who was a hardnosed guy. He didn't sugarcoat anything, told it to me like it is. So I know what I have to do tonight and I know how to do it. I have to put nerves to the side and remember it's just a game, the same game I fell in love with when I was four-years-old and continue to love today. I'm going to try to have some fun! And my dad will be watching, along with many others.

Let me apologize in advance for the rowdy Stecher cheering section in attendance tonight, namely my mom, her boyfriend, my dad, my grandparents, sister, brother, niece, nephew, a lot of close family friends, my billet family from when I played here, even my teacher's from high school are coming.

I could never forget about all the hardcore Vees fans that will be there as well, like Jean Mitchell. She has her own seat for the game and she's there almost every practice too - she watched us skate Thursday!

Game time. Thanks for reading and for the support.

Troy

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