‘Johnny Canuck’ video adds a little drama to Vancouver’s Stanley Cup run

Daily Brew

Canucks fans have proven that in Vancouver's successful film industry you don't have to be a professional to have your work seen by millions.

All you need is a camera, a catchy pop song to parody and a YouTube account.

The "Canucks Stanley Cup Finals Song" - a parody video of Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song" - has racked up well over one-million views in three weeks.

But the latest video paying homage to the Canucks' cup run sticks much closer to the cinematic values of "Hollywood North," so much so even a Bruins fan might be impressed. Check it out!

His name is Johnny Canuck, and while he might appear to be Vancouver's unofficial mascot, Johnny's legacy goes as far back as 1869.

Created as a political cartoon hero in the 19th century, Johnny was re-invented during the Second World War before the Canucks adopted a lumberjack rendition, back when the team competed in the PCHL and WHL.

The video covers all of the important events leading up to Vancouver's current run for the Stanley Cup.

The mention of trying to "outrun a ranger for seven days" is a reference to the Canucks' Game 7 loss to the New York Rangers in 1994 final. Facing off with "an islander" conjures memories of Vancouver's cup loss to the New York Islanders in 1982.

Then there's the "blackened Hawks," preying on "predators, and endangered sharks," all referring to the teams Vancouver defeated to reach the cup final - the Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks respectively.

And of course, "time to ruin the Bruins" is exactly what Canuck nation is hoping to do in Wednesday's bound-to-be-epic Game 7.

(Photo credit: screengrab Wikipedia)