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Bieksa calls out quiet Canucks fans

Mar 15, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

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The same time the coach is calling out Vancouver’s best players for their lacklustre performance, Kevin Bieksa is calling out the fans for the exact same thing.

The Canucks’ defenseman decided to go on the record with his concerns after Thursday’s game at Rogers Arena when Winnipeg Jets fans out-cheered the regulars.

“When you’re at home and the road team has a louder crowd, it’s a little embarrassing,” Bieksa told The Province. “I don’t think we want that to happen to us.”

He added: “A lot time when you’re down in the game or you’re going through a lull in the second period, the crowd can give the team a boost. We’ve got to be working together here. We both want the same thing which is the Stanley Cup. So we’ll work for you if you work for us.”

Bieksa’s playing with fire by criticizing the paying customer, and the “we’ll work for you if you work for us” comment might rankle some. That said, most Canucks fans would agree that Rogers Arena can be rather, um, tranquil at times.

Predictably, the same-old excuse  is being trotted out in the comments section below the column – the crowd would be plenty loud if it were “real” Canucks fans in the lower bowl, not a bunch of suits entertaining clients.

But that’s a copout. There are plenty of corporate types at rinks like Madison Square Garden, and they still manage to make noise.

  1. joethorntonisclutch - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    “When you’re the former President’s Trophy winner and you’re losing at home all the time, it’s a little embarrassing.”


  2. velocirapist - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Rintoul and Botchford on the Team 1040 had a really interesting take on this issue this morning. The tickets are so highly sought after, it’s a kind of show-off thing to take someone to a game. Lots of couplea go on dates, and you ruin your chances if you bray like a jackass all game. Not saying that women in the stands ruin the experience, but you have people who aren’t necessarily part of the hardcore fanbase at a lot of games, which would include the sinister “suits”.

    Also, this is a city that is fairly well-known for being tranquil. I tend to get pretty “tranquil” for most of the games and it makes me pretty quiet.

    I wonder if most people at the regular season games go to just chill out and watch. That’s what I do when I can scrounge up $70 to sit in the nosebleeds. I’d rather take it all in than scream myself hoarse during the regular season, which I did at the marathon playoff game against Dallas.

    Finally, there really hasn’t been much to get the crowd fired up lately. They’ve been playing like a sack of turds and the opposition hasn’t been too exciting. I think there’s a difference if an elite team is town.
    The only thing that gets me excited about the Wild is a chance to heckle Heatley.

    I only went to a couple games in the Coliseum as a kid, and I remember it being a more skewed towards blue-collar dudes. Was it noisier in there? Have we always been quiet or is this more of a thing with the post-lockout team?

    tl;dr does Bieksa really need more motivation than a dumptruck full of money?

    • haterzgonahate - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      the Colisuem is also in a more blue collar part of town. perhaps they should ban these Yale town – i’m too good for the losing Canucks – type of fickle fan.

      win a cup.. and then you’ll see the real fans spend the ridiculous amount of money it takes to go to a game

    • billlaforge22 - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      I recall the Coliseum being referred to as the Pacific Mausoleum. But that had a lot to do with the quality of Canucks teams that played there most years.

  3. loinstache - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Anyone who watched Bieksa’s performance last night against Phoenix really has to take this with a grain of salt. Being (partially, at some times directly) responsible for 3/5 goals against doesn’t give much reason to cheer.

  4. shutyourfivehole - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    What are their fans doing, saving their voices to complain about the refs?

  5. haterzgonahate - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    lower the price of beer… i bet it would get plenty loud if more suds were being consumed

  6. ikillchicken - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    I’ll start cheering when the team gives me something to cheer about.

  7. haterzgonahate - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    on another note.. my buddy’s been booted out of Nucks games twice this year for being a “disturbance”. apparently, screaming your head off and trying to get the crowd into the game gets you out of the arena real fast


    the problem starts and ends with the people running the arena and the TERRIBLE music they play. C&C Music factory? top 40 pop? really?

    • velocirapist - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      Really gotta object to your capslock rants, some of the best nights of my childhood were going to Canucks games. I think it’s more important to have a kid-friendly environment than anything, I remember seeing teams like the late 90s Avs come into town and just being awestruck for 3 hours.

  8. AppealToReason - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    The place is becoming more and more like the ACC.

    Doesn’t help that they play the weakest collection of possible in arena tunes either.

    • velocirapist - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Hey, the organist who plays the hook from Niggas in Paris every night is tearing it up

  9. J.T. Dutch - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    … They’re not cheering because perhaps they’re saving their energy for post-game riots?

  10. acieu - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Don’t wake them up they are likely to riot.

  11. t16rich - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    As a Canucks fan I think he’s an idiot for this comment. Kevin you can be equally frustrating with your tough persona that never backs itself up. Or your supposed number one d-man status when you resemble a pylon many nights. We cheer when our team looks like theyre playing hockey and not playing like theyre excited to get to the shower. When was the last time we didn’t sell out? Have you seen our salaries compared to yours? And then weigh in our ridiculous ticket prices? Consider all that and the way the team is playing and you shouldn’t complain Kevin.

  12. tommytd - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Way to get geared up for the playoffs boys…the moaning has started already. The Canuckleheads need a NO WHINE ZONE somewhere out there! LOL

  13. blomfeld - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:52 PM


    I’ve attended Canuck’s games over the years from the very start. As a teenager in the 70’s, me and my friends used to go to the Coliseum all the time, buying the $3.00 “standing room only” tickets which were a great deal for us. I didn’t bother too much in the 80’s and then I was a “suit” myself throughout the 90’s and 00’s, always sitting with clients in the lower bowl at both the Coliseum and Rogers Arena … and I can honestly say that over that time, there hasn’t really been that much difference in terms of “fan” noise level from one decade to the next.

    In my opinion, what is different today is our societal addiction to this “constant” idiotic bombardment of artificial stimuli, including but not limited to things such as the internet, twitter, skyping, pod casting, chatter, facebook, ipods, etc. The younger generations simply don’t know any better, as they genuinely think that something’s “wrong” whenever there’s an interlude of peace or quiet in their lives … it’s pathetic and sad, but it’s true. I would therefore submit to you that both Bieksa and the writer of this article, both being of a younger bouquet, are they themselves “noise pollution” addicts. It’s unfortunate, but I do suspect that that’s the case ? Just as it’s sadly the case with the majority of “all” younger people today.

    • loinstache - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:21 AM

      You’re really weird and coherent, it’s fun

  14. blomfeld - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Comrade Loinstache and other assorted friends …

    let us all now “close rank” and march forward “together” in our struggle for the truth …

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