Some members of the Bulldog family and fans are rallying the masses tonight to BRING BACK THE STANDING OVATION before the opening puck drop, before the second period puck drop, and before the third period puck drop.
This is a 100% Alberni tradition as far as I know, an incredibly cool and unique "Dog-Pound-ism"
Sure, the standing ovation and the "lets cheer when the game starts" ideas exist, but this is a little different.
For those that are new fans, here's the history. (Correct me if I'm wrong people that know, but I think I have it right)
At a rare rough point in the 2005-2006 season Bulldog fan and now Billet Nancy Smeltzer thought that the team needed an "extra boost" before the game from the fans, a special show of support, a "We aren't going anywhere, we support you" sort of thing from the fans.
So, she printed off a couple hundred pieces of paper with a note written on it that said
"PLEASE FANS, BEFORE THE GAME'S OPENING PUCK DROP, and BEFORE THE DROP OF THE PUCK EACH PERIOD, PLEASE STAND UP AND CHEER IF YOU SUPPORT THE BOYS"
She then cut them into 1800 plus little pieces of paper and stood at the door and handed one to every single fan that walked into the building.
Needless to say, what happened that night and many nights afterward was something special. The guys had no clue it was coming, and they were blown away.
"Hairs standing up on the back of your neck" was the comment I remember most from the players and the coaching staff.
The Standing Ovation hasn't died all together, but it has certainly eroded, like things do when seasons aren't the best and the excitement isn't there.
WELL, in cased you missed it this team is off to the best start in Franchise History.
They deserve to be applauded so I hope you get off your feet tonight!