The Boston Bruins got their name in 1924 courtesy of general manager Art Ross, who was tasked by the team's owner to create an "untamed animal" nickname. For the NHL franchise. "Bruin" was an Old English word for a brown bear, which was adopted as the team's mascot.
On Wednesday night, the bears from Boston will roar into Vancouver for Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final against the Canucks, who will … well, we're not entirely sure what it is a "Canuck" does.
Or, for that matter, how the Western Conference champions ended up being called the "Vancouver Canucks" to begin with.
Turns out, it's a tale that spans from slang to literature to political cartoons to comic books to Moose Jaw to goalie Roberto Luongo's mask.
"Canuck" is defined as slang term meaning "a Canadian, especially a French Canadian."
Where did it originate?
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