Bruce Boudreau has been welcomed with open arms by Vancouver Canucks fans, to say the least.
The Canucks’ current head coach came in at the start of December when the organization cleaned house and fired Travis Green and GM Jim Benning along with Nolan Baumgartner and John Weisbrod.
Boudreau offered hope and positivity right from his first day with the club, and the results speak for themselves.
Since Boudreau took over, the Canucks have played a more aggressive and exciting brand of hockey to the tune of an 8-0-1 record.
Right from the first game he coached in Vancouver, Boudreau was embraced by Canucks fans.
In that first game — a win against the Kings — Canucks fans created a clever chant that hasn’t died off since.
In the second period of that game against the Kings, Canucks fans could be heard chanting “Bruce! There it is!” to the tune of Whoomp There It Is by Tag Team.
Fans loved it so much that we even made t-shirts!
We’re excited to launch new merch over at our shop!
(𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀)
Shirts are now available!
Find them here
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— CanucksArmy (@CanucksArmy) December 8, 2021
But there was one person who it was hard to get a read on regarding how much he liked it.
Bruce Boudreau himself.
On multiple occasions, Boudreau has referred to the chant as “that stupid song”, and even said he wishes fans would stop singing it.
He even said that fans started singing it after seeing him out at a restaurant, but Boudreau shushed them and they obliged. “That was the end of that,” said Boudreau.
But yesterday, Boudreau clarified his position a bit more.
“It’s been amazing,” said Boudreau of the overall fan support he’s gotten. “I can’t say anything else — it’s never been anything like this before. I’ve said this before, the thing about Bruce there it is, is that I’m just worried that they make it about me and I don’t want it to be about me. It’s about the players. They’re the ones that are doing the work. They’re the ones that are committing themselves to doing things the right way.
“But if they are saying it, it’s because we’re winning, so from that aspect, I don’t have a problem with it. Because if we start losing, I don’t think they’re going to be saying that anymore. So from there, I like it, because it means that we’re having success somewhere else.”
The Canucks have a gruelling month of January ahead of them, filled with plenty of road games. They will play their first home game since December 14th tomorrow when they host the Ottawa Senators.
Although the building will be at 50% capacity, it’s almost a given at this point that you’ll hear “Bruce! There it is!” ringing through the walls at Rogers Arena.