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Canucks: Origins of Towel power


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Oct 8, 2011
For those currently not kicking tyres 'n lighting fires...

The lasting image is a towel draped over a hockey stick, being held high in the air by Roger Neilson.

During the NHL's Clarence Campbell Conference Finals in 1982, with Vancouver in Chicago playing the Black Hawks in Game 2, Neilson didn't agree with how the game was being refereed.

It was one-sided, in Neilson's eyes, with the Canucks were being called for too many penalties. He had seen enough. In mock surrender, he placed a towel on a stick and raised it for all to see, with players joining in on the bench.

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