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Comparing Boston to Vancouver

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / June 1, 2011

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ALL EYES WILL BE ON VANCOUVER tonight as the Bruins and Canucks lace ’em up for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Because the two teams don’t play each very often — only five times since ’04, in fact — Vancouver could be Vladivostok, for all we know. But some old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting reveals that the coastal city in British Columbia has a lot to recommend it. OK, maybe not a lot, but at least it’s a legit hockey town, unlike Tampa. So how do Vancouver and Boston stack up? Here’s an arbitrary tale of the tape.

MEANING OF TEAM NAME
“Canuck’’ is sometimes a derogatory term for a Canadian person.
“Bruin’’ is always a bear.
EDGE: BOSTON

NOTABLE PLAYOFF BEARDS
Canucks center Ryan Kesler’s beard is as rugged as his play in the corners. Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin’s peach fuzz is about as robust as his playing time.
EDGE: VANCOUVER

OLYMPIC MOMENT
Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Games. Silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White were at Agganis Arena with Smucker’s Stars on Ice.
EDGE: VANCOUVER

BIG-BUDGET HOLLYWOOD EXPORT
Vancouver is sometimes called “Hollywood North’’ because so many movies are made there. None has had more box-office mojo than “Twilight.’’ Boston does a little film business, too, including “The Departed,’’ for which director Martin Scorsese won his first and only Oscar.
EDGE: BOSTON

BEER
Hockey players sure like their hops, and Vancouver’s got a good thing in Red Racer IPA, a favorite of brewmasters everywhere. But Boston’s got many more options, including our current fave, Baby Tree, a Belgian-style brew produced by Cambridge-based Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project.
EDGE: BOSTON

SUPER FANS
Vancouver’s got the “Green Men,’’ a couple of lads who wear green spandex suits and taunt opposing players from seats next to the penalty box. Boston’s got a dancing guy with a mustache and polka-dot hat, but he’s no match for dudes in stretchy green unitards.
EDGE: VANCOUVER

CONTRIBUTION TO POP CULTURE LINGO
Vancouver writer William Gibson coined the word “cyberspace’’ and author Douglas Coupland gave the world “Generation X.’’
Someone in Southie is said to have come up with “Wicked pissah!’’
EDGE: BOSTON

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