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What would you do?

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

What would you do to see the Vancouver Canucks in the Final?

That’s the question The Province newspaper and Best Buy asked fans when the 2011 NHL Playoffs began way back in April.

Of the thousands of entries received for the contest, three unique submissions stood out from the rest – for good reason.


When Colin Alexander pledged to dress up as Lady Gaga for a day of work at Country Lumber in Langley, BC, he overlooked one important detail: he’d have to wear high heels.

“That was not very nice,” laughed the 25-year-old, who recently fulfilled his pledge of sporting the Lady Gaga look.

“I sure have a lot more respect for women who wear them, I have no idea how they go all day in those things. It’s something I hope to never have to experience again.”

Alexander, a burly Canucks fan, was literally head to toe Gaga; his outfit was comprised of a massive blonde wig, layers upon layers of make-up, a glittered beard, black body suit with a bejeweled bra and silver under over top, a black leather jacket and four-inch black heels.

It was hideousness at its best.

Initially Alexander, who was at Best Buy looking for a movie when he read about the contest, was asked if he’d shave his beard, his playoff beard, and he rightfully turned that down. He was then asked if he would dye his beard blue before his friend Sam told those running the promotion that they could get him to do something a lot stupider than that.

And they did.

So just how far would have Alexander gone for tickets to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, a $500 Best Buy gift card and a signed Canucks jersey?

“I’m afraid to imagine,” laughed the Country Lumber forklift operator.

“I still haven’t heard the end of it yet, but it was very well worth it, very very well worth it.”

Alexander is just lucky they didn’t make him wear Lady Gaga’s bubble dress or the meat suit.

Actually, we’re all lucky that didn't happen.


After swimming across False Creek and running to Rogers Arena as part of a “Finals mini-biathlon,” Riam Kim-McLeod was glowing, in a good way.

“I’m really really, really, really, really happy,” said the 15-year-old, who won tickets to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, a $500 Best Buy gift card and a signed Henrik Sedin jersey.

“I can’t believe I’ll be at the game, it’s a dream come true. And I feel pretty good, I’m not glowing yet.”

Kim-McLeod pledged to make her way across False Creek, starting from the docks at Granville Island, because she believed not many others would brave the inlet legendary for its murky waters.

“I live near Granville Island and we always hear stories about how bad the water is, how radioactive it is, so I guess I figured that was a crazy thing to do, swim across it.”

After Riam completed the swim, friends Joseph and Emily joined her for the run to Rogers Arena; the pair escorted her because all three entered the contest together agreeing to split the pot should one of them win. Joseph will attend Game 2 alongside Riam, while Emily cashes in with the Best Buy gift card.

“It’s such an adrenaline rush that I don’t think will go away for a while,” said Kim-McLeod. “I get to go to the Stanley Cup Final!”


Sandi Fox and Sam Fisher put a lot of thought and planning in their wedding and for a chance to see the Canucks play in the Stanley Cup Final, they scrapped it all.

The couple from Maple Ridge didn’t split up, oh no they’re still madly in love after 11 years together, but as part of their pledge they cancelled their May wedding and will instead tie the knot in The Province suite at Rogers Arena between the first and second periods of Game 2.

There will be champagne, there will be cake and there will be a unique wedding, not to mention a story that will be told for years to come.

The soon to be newlyweds also take home a Canucks jersey and a $500 Best Buy gift card.

Photo credit to Ric Ernst, PNG

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