It was a day 36 years in the making, and while it didn’t go quite as fans hoped, it didn’t stop an outpouring of pride across British Columbia.
Packed into pubs, movie theatres, school gymnasiums and yes, even hockey rinks, fans gathered to watch Canada’s Men’s National Team contest its first World Cup game since 1986.
Luke Vandurand, one of about 600 fans at Vancouver’s Hollywood Theatre to watch the match, said he was eight years old when he watched Canada play in that last tournament and has rued the country’s drought since then.
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“Seeing this, and seeing a refugee like Alphonse Davies come to Canada and be successful, it’s what we’ve been waiting for. It’s a beautiful day; it’s like a healing moment for us,” he said.