Canucks fans wave them, Dave Preece wears them.
In 2002, Preece entered GM Place to watch a playoff game for the very first time. Upon entering the arena he was handed a towel, a Canucks branded terrycloth that changed his life.
Preece collected towels over the years and when the time was right, he made his move. For Game 1 of the 2007 Playoffs, Vancouver’s four-overtime marathon win over Dallas, the 25-year-old used ingenuity and 300 safety pins to fashion pants and a cape in what were the early making of the towel power suit.
Today, thanks to some fine sewing by his wife Kailey, the safety pins are gone and 25 towels make up the only towel power suit in existence – not to mention Towel Power Man.
Preece may write contracts for an engineering firm during the day, but at night, and especially on game nights, he’s Towel Power Man.
He doesn’t fly and lasers aren’t part of his shtick, but he’s super absorbent and he knows a few things about getting Canucks fans jacked up for their team.
“I'll do pretty much whatever it takes to energize the fans and get them pumped up for and during each game,” said Towel Power Man, who mingled with muggles during the Party on the Plaza before taking in Vancouver’s 2-0 win in Game 1 at Rogers Arena Wednesday night.
“The fans have been awesome so far, they really love the suit. I can't believe how many pictures people have taken of me already. Being Towel Power Man has been an amazing ride, and from the looks of it, the fun and crazy Towel Power is just getting started.”
If you’ve been in need of hilarity in your life every since Fraser ended, following @towelpowerman on Twitter should do the trick. He's also part of the mosaic at Thisiswhatwelivefor.com, can you find him?
Towels engage – up, up and a wave!