10/04/2014 12:29 EDT | Updated 10/04/2014 12:59 EDT

Signs You're A Vancouver Canucks Fan

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VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 23: Vancouver Canuck fans wave towels in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Kings during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs at General Motors Place on April 22, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 7-2. Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

It's a fresh start for the Vancouver Canucks this season with a new general manager, coach and a world-class goalie.

Franchise hero Trevor Linden is running the team behind the scenes, so things are looking promising, right?

With the regular season kicking off on Wednesday (Oct. 8), perhaps it's a good time to reflect on the triumphs and tribulations that make up life as a Canucks fan.

Here are 45 signs that you're a diehard supporter:

You've seen some horrible seasons...

(Like last year.)

And some great ones.

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You remember when players could down a six-pack after the game...

And when enforcers could score goals.

You know that this...

Began with this guy.

And you can't forget how "Steamer" propelled the team forward in 1982.

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You wish they hadn't traded Cam Neely.

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But you feel better knowing they got this guy for almost nothing.

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The West Coast Express dazzled you...

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Until this happened...

You wish this draft had gone differently.

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(They also drafted Petr Nedved over Jaromir Jagr. Natch.)

In fact, you wish many drafts had gone differently.

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You remember when they dressed as cowboys...

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Or gangsters...

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Or when Pavel put the captain on trial.

You recall the time Gino Odjick fought everyone ... EVERYONE ... on the ice.

And you wish him a full recovery.

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You remember Dan Cloutier for this...

Because you'd rather forget this.

You collected these coins...

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(Credit: Craigslist)

But you never got that one at the top. (Sob.)

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You hate, hate, HATED this guy.

And this guy...

But not as much as him...

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Or him.

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You'll never forgive Mike Keenan for trading Trevor away.

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But you remember your joy when he was traded back.

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"He will play. You know he'll play. He'll play on crutches. He will play, and he'll play at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night." — Jim Robson on Trevor Linden

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You couldn't get enough of Brian Burke's quotes.

You remember "Attaboy Troy."

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And Mike Fountain's 3-0 victory debut against the New Jersey Devils.

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(And almost nothing about him since.)

This man dazzled you throughout the 1990s.

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He scored goals like this one...

And, of course, this one.

And you have NO IDEA why he changed his number to 96.

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You were spitting mad with him when he left...

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And you couldn't help but welcome him back years later.

You hoped this wouldn't happen again.

But it did.

You know defeat.

Agonizing defeat.

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But through it all, you've stayed strong.

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Because you know that every defeat makes victory that much sweeter.

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So take pride in your triumphs. And know that the best is yet to come.

(P.S. Leafs suck.)

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