In a slump? Need a win? Who you gonna call?
Vancouver hosted Nashville Tuesday night, with the Canucks having lost five of six games going in. It was a 1-1 game after the 2nd period and the home team was in need of a spark. They got it from the unlikeliest of places.
Bill Murray, yes THAT Bill Murray, the legend, was in attendance, unbeknownst to seemingly everyone at Rogers Arena, except the usher working section 106 who recognized him. Kind of. Canucks Marketing Intern Claire Rennie happened to be taking a fan a prize in section 106 in the 2nd intermission, when the usher told her one of the actors from Ghostbusters was in the section.
Marketing Intern Claire is 23-years-old. Why does that matter? Because she hasn't seen ANY BILL MURRAY MOVIES. "Wait," she laughed looking through the list on IMDB, "I've seen Garfield!"
No wonder Claire returned to the press box having not investigated further into which Ghostbusters actor was in the building! Out of sheer curiosity and with extreme hope it was Bill Murray, I asked Claire to please find out who it is and get a photo of them. Anyone who was in Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II or the recent Ghostbusters reboot, is a massive star.
It is Bill Murray, Claire texted. But he wasn't very cooperative! He just kept holding up his 50/50 tickets. And he was wearing a Blackhawks shirt. I have a few pics.
Bill Murray, the Academy Award nominated, Emmy Award and Golden Globe winning actor known for everything from Saturday Night Live to Space Jam, with Meatballs, Caddyshack, Stripes, Tootsie, Scrooged, What About Bob?, Groundhog Day, Kingpin, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Lost in Translation, The Life Aquatic, Zombieland and so many more movies in between, was in fact in the house. Peter Venkman!
Did the Canucks know Murray was in attendance? Nope. Did having the comedic legend cheer them on push them to a four-goal 3rd period and a 5-3 win? You better believe it!
After the game, Murray, who was with Peter Farrelly, yes THAT Peter Farrelly, as in half of the Farrelly brothers who have directed and produced such comedic goodness as Dumb & Dumber, Kingpin, There's Something About Mary, Me, Myself & Irene and Shallow Hal, visited the Canucks dressing room. Murray talked hockey with each and every player, taking photos with all of them and offering such advice as "It's a long season, take it easy!" and "Those hockey pants look too big…"
Unreal. The Canucks coaches were also thrilled to see Murray; Coach Green was all smiles getting a legendary photo.
Murray is in town filming a mini-series titled The Now and although there is shooting to be done Thursday and attending Vancouver's game against Dallas is likely a no-go, the Canucks have been blessed by Bill Murray and this can officially be added to the infamous list of Bill Murray sightings.
As for Claire, her intern assignments for the foreseeable future will be watching Bill Murray movies. All of them. Except one. In the words of Bill Murray, when asked if he has any regrets after he was mistakenly shot in Zombieland: "Garfield, maybe."
Oh and against all logic, Murray did not win the Canucks 50/50 draw.