For years, flashers and streakers have played in a role in major sporting events. It's bizarre and even uncalled for at times, but it's true. This is the way some people find fascinating to earn their quick seconds of fame and there is no sign of it stopping anytime soon.
Before the flashers of the 2019 World Series and 2020 Waste Management Open, there was a lady who became quite famous during the NHL's 2011 Western Conference Finals between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks.
During the third period in Canada, as San Jose's Ben Eager was sitting in the penalty box, a female Canucks fan decided it would be a good idea to lift up her Henrik Sedin jersey and press her goods against the glass that Wednesday night.
Oh, it was all caught on live television during CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.
WARNING: This video contains NSFW content.
Vancouver Canucks Flasher
For the longest time, the Green Men were the most popular people at Canucks hockey games. They would wear full green body suits and heckle opposing players. On that night, however, the hockey fans were upstaged by the flasher during an important playoff game.
Needless to say, it worked, but it was also a serious situation to the Canucks.
"It was an unfortunate incident. I thought our staff handled the situation really well. The security guard went over right away and asked the lady to leave. She exited the event and we went on with business."
— Canucks Chief Operating Officer Victor de Bonis
Jeff Keay, CBC's head of media relations, said the company "received a small [very small] number of emails about it."
At the end of the day, many were able to have fun with it. Eager said he had a few text messages with the picture after the game. The Green Men even poked fun at it.
The Canucks went on to win the series and advance to the Stanley Cup before losing to the Boston Bruins in seven games. But when if you talk about that playoff run to Canucks fans, it's safe to say the once-trending flasher will be a part of the conversation, too.
This article was originally published February 12, 2020.
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