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Kesler gets greener, and closer to Stanley Cup

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Posted by Rob Klovance

Vancouver wants to be the greenest city in the world. And the Vancouver Canucks, as we know so well, want a Stanley Cup in the worst way.

Ryan Kesler thinks both are going to happen, although he's not sure which will happen first.

"That's a tough one," says the Canucks' centre and Team Power Smart leader. "I'm not going to go out and say we're a lock to win the Stanley Cup, but I honestly believe we have a good chance.

"If everyone does the right thing and focuses on the game plan, it's very possible that we'll hit both targets."

The game plan for Team Power Smart members is about reducing home electricity consumption by 10% over 12 months. As a new resident of Yaletown, he won't be able to track his consumption online until he has 12 months at his new address, but the former Kitsilano resident is certain the amount of electricity his family uses at home has plummeted since he joined Team Power Smart.

"I've reduced my consumption 100 per cent, for sure," says the 26-year-old Livonia, Michigan native. "I was really bad at leaving the lights on. Every light in the house would be on when I'd be home.

"There are just so many ways you can help conserve energy and that's just one of them. I unplug my phone charger from the wall, and unplug all chargers when not in use. And you can turn down the heat a couple degrees and wear a sweater. That's something really easy to do, too."

Reducing our BC Hydro bills may help motivate many to be smarter with their power use, but Kesler is motivated by something else altogether. The guy has a two-year-old daughter, and that has changed his thinking considerably.

"Having a kid factors in a lot," he says, which a chuckle. "I never used to recycle and now I recycle everything, everything I can. It really puts things in to perspective because I really want her to experience the same planet I experience today."

Canucks hungry for the Cup

The City of Vancouver may have set 2020 as its "greenest city in the world" goal, but don't expect the Canucks or their fans to even consider waiting that long for a Stanley Cup.

Kesler, who would be a 36-year-old veteran if he stuck around long enough to experience the 2019-2020 season, wants to drink from Lord Stanley's mug soon. He's skating into the peak of his career – guess who's featured on the cover of the Wii-exclusive NHL 2K11? – and he thinks the steps the team took to add veteran talent to an already first-place squad has taken them a step closer to their goal.

"[Management] had a very busy off-season, and it was good to see the talent they picked up," says Kesler, who not only had a career-high 75 points last year, but finished a very close second to Detroit centre Pavel Datsyuk in voting for the Selke award for best two-way player in the NHL last season. "They went out and got a really good defenceman [Dan Hamhuis], and a really good centre in Manny Malhotra. And we have Brendan Morrison at camp, who looks very, very good.

"We have a lot of depth and that's what teams need to go deep into the playoffs."

It's "ridiculous" to waste electricity, a theme you'll see often in the new BC Hydro Power Smart ad campaign. But it's certainly no longer ridiculous to consider the Canucks as a Stanley Cup contender.

Team Power Smart contest

If you're not already a Team Power Smart member, join now. The Team Power Smart monthly contest is exclusive to team members, and in October features a grand prize including an ENERGY STAR® appliance package and an autographed Kesler jersey.

The answer to the question you'll need to enter the contest is in this story and in the video below.

Rob Klovance is managing editor of bchydro.com.