Seattle is getting close to a shot at the Stanley Cup, but that proximity has nothing to do with any attempt to bring a team to the area.
By close, we mean three hours of driving and one border crossing as the Vancouver Canucks are in the Stanley Cup Final for the third time, playing the Boston Bruins in a best-of-seven series that begins Wednesday in Vancouver.
There might even be room on the bandwagon for Vancouver's shirttail cousins to the south. Seattle has its own hockey pedigree and a couple of minor-league teams in the area. But until someone can assemble a suitable arena, the Canucks are as close as Seattle will get to the NHL.
That doesn't mean you can't enjoy these finals, though. You don't even need to wear a tuque, chug Kokanees or use "eh" to punctuate sentences to get on board with the NHL. Here's a cheat sheet so you'll know a Sedin from a sudden-death overtime when Game 1 begins. Consider it an Idiot's, err, American's, Guide to the Stanley Cup Final.
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