Team Power Smart member wins Canucks playoff tickets
She's the Alex Burrows of hockey fans, a gritty competitor who has tried for years – via repeated contest entries – to win tickets to a Canucks game. And just like the gritty Canuck who went from the hockey hinterland to a $2 million-per-season contract with an NHL team, Sandra Peters has hit the big time.
"This is great – ohmygawd!," said Sandra, a longtime Team Power Smart member who won a pair of lower bowl tickets to every Vancouver Canucks home game during this year's Stanley Cup playoffs.
Peters learned on Monday that she was won the big prize via a canucks.com contest that offered a chance to win for Team Power Smart members, new and existing.
"It's so awesome – I never win anything," said the Vancouver resident. "It's true. I've been entering and entering, and I'm just so excited... I phoned my mom and dad and my brother... It's just great."
Asked when she last saw a Canucks game, Peters starts to think back, then gives up. "I can't even remember the last time I went to a game," she said. "I've never been able to afford it."
Sandra is a big fan of the Canucks, who were to open their best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final Thursday night at GM Place against the Los Angeles Kings. She doesn't understand why there are still doubters, and she believes this may be the team to finally claim Lord Stanley's mug.
"I think they have a really good chance," she said. "They've got some good players, and (Mikael) Samuelsson's back, (Pavol) Demitra's back... And I think with [Roberto] Luongo... we have a really good goalie as well."
Sandra's tip: Turn down the heat
As a longtime renter who must still pay for her apartment's BC Hydro bills, including the cost of her baseboard heating, Sandra is big on turning off lights and computers as well as replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs. But there's little doubt in her mind that the most effect energy saver is turning down the thermostat.
"Our heat is hardly ever on, even in the winter," she says. "We just say, put a sweater or blanket on. At night, it's too darn hot in our apartment. Otherwise, an extra blanket is fine."
So, who gets the second ticket to the Canucks' playoff games? As of Wednesday, the jury was still out on that one as Sandra mulled over whether to take her fiance or her brother to the games.
One thing's certain. She'll be taking one of those seats.
"I can't wait, I can't wait," she said. "I'm just so excited."
Rob Klovance is managing editor of bchydro.com.