Hockey at Sea!

Wednesday, 02.11.2011 / 5:00 PM / Features
By Derek Jory

Kirk McLean can relate to Mick Jagger.

Since the spring of 1994, Vancouver Canucks fans have approached McLean day after day, month after month and year after year, all of them referencing the team’s run to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Run, as it is known, is to McLean what (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction is to Jagger.

Not that McLean minds.

“I never get tired of it, it’s great that still to this day people continue to remember that time in their lives,” said McLean.

For the record, the former Canucks goaltender does have a few more stories in the vault about The Run that don’t include The Save on Robert Reichel, back-to-back shutouts against the Toronto Maple Leafs or coming back and nearly stealing the Cup from the New York Rangers.

McLean was the master of focus comes game time and during Vancouver’s magical run he got in the zone by shopping for CDs – you know, those flat circular things with a hole in the middle that played music back in the day.

“Kay Whitmore and myself, our routine, and not just in playoffs but through the years, we would go CD shopping,” laughed McLean. “That was kind of our gig, or our superstition. We’d do it quickly either the day before the game or even game day after we’d done pre-game, we’d sneak in a little walk and try to find the closest CD store and see if we could find a steal.”

There’s a lot about the ’93-’94 Canucks fans don’t know and even more about the man who backed them in net.

Now’s your chance to find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know. And more.

The Canucks alumni will set sail for Alaska from August 31 to September 7, 2012 on the Celebrity Infinity and the “Hockey at Sea!” cruise is open to hockey and travel enthusiasts alike.

Hit the high seas with McLean, Orland Kurtenbach, Harold Snepsts, Dave Babych, Greg Adams, and many more Canucks alumni and take part in on-board events like open mic night, poker and slot tournaments, ladies hockey 101, a hockey clinic, a hockey trivia contest, a meet & mingle and a private autograph session.

The cruise departs from Seattle, WA to Alaska for seven nights with ports of call in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria. On the final evening of the cruise, guests will be invited to attend the Canucks Alumni vs. Greater Victoria Police hockey game in Victoria, BC.

Early bird registrants booking before December 1, 2011, will have the chance to win one of three “Vancouver Canucks VIP Packages” which includes a game night experience for two in the Vancouver Canucks Alumni suite, signed apparel, one night accommodation, dinner and $100 spending money.

A portion of all proceeds from “Hockey at Sea!” and the Victoria Hockey Game will go to the Canucks for Kids Fund.

For more information on “Hockey at Sea!”, please visit http://alumni.canucks.com/hockeyatsea.php, call 1-888-755-TRIP or email hockeycruise@travelonly.com.