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YVR shows Vancouver Canucks pride

NAV CANADA workers unveil a giant Canucks banner on the air traffic control tower at Vancouver International Airport.  -
NAV CANADA workers unveil a giant Canucks banner on the air traffic control tower at Vancouver International Airport.
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It would cover one-quarter of an ice rink's surface—and the entire spirit of local hockey fans.

NAV CANADA workers unveiled a giant Vancouver Canucks banner last week to support the local National Hockey League team's bid for the Stanley Cup. It now proudly hangs on the side of the 19-storey control tower at Vancouver International Airport.

"It’s big, real big, and the significance behind it is quite big as well," said Ron Singer, manager of media relations for NAV Canada, in an e-mail to the Review.

The Canucks provided the 17-by-six-metre banner, which faces the southeast—visible to Canada Line passengers and vehicles approaching the airport, along with arriving aircraft.

According to Singer, the tradition began in 1994 when the Canucks went to the Stanley Cup Final. Two NAV CANADA controllers wanted to show their support for the team, so off to the hardware store they went.

They returned with a huge orange tarp and a few cans of black spray paint. An hour later, they finished a crude "GO CANUCKS GO" banner, which was mounted on the control tower.

A new banner—one perhaps less of an eyesore—returned last year when the Vancouver Canucks organization provided one.

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