This gem is via a fellow Bloguin blog Barry Melrose Rocks, and I couldn't help but sharing it with you my loyal reader. Especially since it pertains to YOU the Canuck fan, well you don't even have to be a Canuck fan, just a single person in the city requiring their services it seems.

Here is a press release from Vancouver based Executive Search Dating who calls themselves a professional matchmaking service. Paddi Rice (trying to not make some rather crude joke here), says that Vancouver singles can capitalize on "Canucks Fever":

"The great thing about hockey in a Canadian city is that it tends to bring people together around a common theme, and it can be a great conversation starter. Our clients, who tend to be busy singles that aren't into the typical bar scene and don't want to waste their time trolling through online dating profiles, a sports pub or lounge on a game night can be a nice change. The atmosphere tends to be a lot more relaxed, and in some cases the hockey game is almost secondary in importance, so it can be a great time to meet some new people."

And then she provides the Executive Search Dating's 'NHL Hockey Season Dating Guidebook' for Vancouver singles:

  • It's not about the game: don't let your limited knowledge or enthusiasm for hockey deter you… being there IS the game. A little cheering, complete with beer and appetizers, can be fun AND a great way to connect with fellow singles, hockey fans and non-hockey fans alike.
  • Season tickets NOT required: although watching a hockey game live can be fun, it can also get expensive. Also, a large 20 thousand person arena full of rabid hockey fans is actually NOT a great place to mingle and meet new people. Instead, try any one of the many sports lounges and pubs around the city… besides the more relaxed atmosphere, the hockey fans tend to be a little bit less focussed on the game and therefore more open to chatting.
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  • Knowledge is power: no, you don't need to be Don Cherry (or even Ron MacLean), but arming yourself beforehand with a little hockey knowledge (such as key players to watch, basic statistics, etc.) can do two things: it will enhance your enjoyment of the game, and give you a couple of natural conversation starters should you meet someone new.
  • The gift that keeps on giving: unlike the NFL football season, where most games take place on weekend afternoons, the NHL hockey season offers 82 evening opportunities to watch your home team live on TV. Away games, which often start at 4:30pm local time, can be a great 'after work drinks' opportunity; whereas home games offer 2 benefits: the 7pm local start time fits in well for an evening out, plus you get the added benefit of 20 thousand (hopefully victorious) Canucks fans streaming into the cities hot spots once the game is over.
  • Take the first shot: waiting for someone to approach you and say 'hi' can be a frustrating way to meet people in any city, particularly in Vancouver where singles are often a bit reluctant to approach new people. Try the following can't miss approach line this hockey season: 'Hi, are you enjoying the game?'

I never really thought of Canuck games as 82 evening opportunities, or thought to ask a fan a rhetorical question of 'Hi, are you enjoying the game?' when I can just look at the score and see if that cute single I have my eye on is enjoying the game. Maybe she should have said to check the score first to make sure the Canucks are winning before asking such a dumb question.

The only thing she may be right on is not going to GM Place to pick up, rather you might want to go to the Shark Club after the game to mingle with Canucks fans, or if it's hockey players you are interested in you should probably stick to the Roxy...