Column: Chilliwack’s RBC Cup win a dream come true

Jacob Bestebroer spent hours wondering what a championship might feel like, and finally found out.

Jacob Bestebroer writes a regular column in the Chilliwack Progress during hockey season, discussing the Chilliwack Chiefs and the BCHL.

Since the Chilliwack Chiefs moved here from Richmond in 1990, it’s been a dream of mine to be on the Chiefs bench as the clock counted them down to a national championship victory.

I’d let myself envision it in my mind so many times.

Some day it would happen and I didn’t care where. I would be on or near the bench as the Chiefs nailed down their first national title.

Prior to Sunday, the Chiefs had never won a national championship so this dream had escaped me till now.

I’d traveled to the Junior A hockey national championships in Fort McMurray, Alberta in 2000 and Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2002 with the hopes of seeing it play out live. Both times the Chiefs fell short dropping one goal decisions in the tournament’s semi-final.

This time around my dream was as close as it could get. And to add so much more to it, it was happening in Chilliwack, the city in which I’ve lived my entire life.

With just under two minutes left in Sunday’s RBC Cup Final and the Chiefs holding a 4-2 lead over the Wellington Dukes, I started my way down from the suite I was watching from towards the Chiefs bench.

I’d mapped out my way and it seemed pretty simple.

The two seats on the right side of the Chiefs bench were empty. Between those seats and the bench, just a simple gate.

Just a simple gate.

As the clock wound down the game’s final seconds I made it to the two seats. As did the Chiefs mascot. ‘This should only help me,’ I thought.

Belle is not small and usually gets what she wants.

She wanted what I did, a spot on the Chiefs bench.

Seventeen seconds left in the game. Time to calmly walk on to the Chiefs bench and celebrate with a group that I had in some way, be it fan, volunteer, billet, guardian angel, or employee been involved with for all but five of the last 28 years of my life.

One not so slight problem.

From out of nowhere a fully armed police officer had appeared.

He seemed to have but one job and he was taking it seriously.

He was there to keep people like from me getting to the Chiefs bench. He was not taking this task lightly.

I understood.

I was in the wrong.

I was not wearing the pass needed to gain such access. Belle was of no help to me. She made it through using her giant head as a pass of sorts, and had left me behind.

So close yet so far and the seconds kept counting down.

I didn’t know what to do. I hadn’t been trained for such a situation.

Heck, was there training for such a situation?

My mind was racing but was also taking the time to ponder such things.

Then I was rescued. My longtime friend and coworker, Andrea Laycock, was there to save the day.

She explained to the officer that I needed to be on the bench.

It wasn’t easy but my dream came true.

jb@chilliwackchiefs.net

Just Posted

B.C. dairy farmers say milk cup is half full in new Canada Food Guide

Despite what seems like a demotion, B.C. Dairy Association insists its inclusion is still integral

A history lesson that will leave you howling with laughter in Chilliwack

Comedy duo Hip.Bang! are in Chilliwack to share their knowledge on The History of Romance

Fingerstyle guitarist Shawna Capsi performs at Chilliwack’s Acoustic Emporium

Toronto singer-songwriter Shawna Capsi performs solo, there’s a whole band under her fingertips

Origami-inspired art lights up Chilliwack art gallery

Chilliwack textile sculpture artist Sylvie Roussel-Jannsens presents Whole, a solo exhibition

Seven Days in Chilliwack

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from Jan. 21 to 27

VIDEO: Here’s what the B.C. legislature officers are accused of buying

Personal trips, purchases, alcohol and more laid out in 76-page report by Plecas

Four students sent to hospital after school bus crash in Mission

Mission RCMP say hospitalization a precaution, 14 students were on board

5 to start your day

Court hears South Surrey mother ‘never called 911’ after killing daughter, Four students sent to hospital after school bus crash in Mission and more

Arrest made in case of incapacitated woman who gave birth

A 36-year-old nurse has been arrested and charged with sexual assault

Slippery roads reported along Coquihalla

The winter weather is finally here in the Central Okanagan

$20K pay gap between women, men in Canadian tech jobs

The report defines tech workers as people either producing or making extensive use of technology, regardless of industry

Catholic student says he didn’t disrespect Native American

Many saw the white teenagers, who had travelled to Washington for an anti-abortion rally, appearing to mock the Native Americans

Former Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

M’s legend Edgar Martinez, Rivera, Mussina also make the grade

South Surrey mother ‘never called 911’ after killing daughter, court hears

Crown submits evidence shows Lisa Batstone wanted eight-year-old Teagan to die

Most Read