When the final buzzer sounds and the players hit the locker room, the attention of Vancouver Canucks players turns to a hat from Haida Gwaii.
The hat was presented to team during the Canucks Meet the North Tour and is now being used to represent the cream of the Canuck crop on any given night.
“[Coach John Tortorella] asked us to come up with something for the player of the game, some sort of hat, and the players were throwing around some ideas that would sort of represent Vancouver. There was a few funny ones, people were thinking maybe a bike helmet with all of the bike lanes we have in Vancouver,” explained defenceman Dan Hamhuis.
“Then we came up with the Haida Warrior hat and our connection to going up to Haida Gwaii in the fall and doing the fishing trip and spending some time in Masset with the natives there. It was a neat connection we feel, so we felt it would be appropriate.”
Being presented with the hat, which is often worn in media scrums and throughout post-game activities, is not something team members say they take lightly.
“I think the boys take a lot of pride in that hat. It’s not always the guy that had the most points that night or the first star of the game, it’s a guy that does the little things and is a good team player,” explained forward Dale Weise.
“It’s a big honour. For them to make that hat for us, a lot of hard work went into it. Just being up there and seeing the people and seeing the cutlure was a big honour for the boys and it is a big honour to get that hat.”