Mayor Robertson announces Stanley Cup wager with Boston Mayor

June 1, 2011 | Arts and Culture

Mayor Gregor Robertson announced today that a friendly wager between Boston and Vancouver has been set with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino over the Canucks/Bruins series. The twitterverse has been awash with suggestions for a wager between Boston and Vancouver for over a week, with suggestions from bear wrestling to Cream Pie fights – and everything in between.

“Boston has got a good team, and Mayor Menino should be proud of how they’ve played so far,” said Mayor Robertson. “But let’s be clear: the Bruins run ends here. It’s been 40 years and Canucks fans have waited long enough to bring the Cup to Vancouver.”

“The Bruins and the Canucks have been playing impressive playoff hockey and I look forward to a terrific Stanley Cup Finals, especially when the Bruins bring the Stanley Cup home to Boston,” said Boston Mayor Menino. “The City of Boston has been the proud home to many sports champions in recent years and I am proud to support the Bruins in their quest for the Cup.”

The wager draws on the dozens of suggestions submitted via email and twitter to Mayor Robertson. The wager includes:

  • Wild smoked BC salmon vs fresh Boston lobster
  • A variety of Vancouver-brewed beer vs Boston-brewed beers
  • A small personal donation from the losing Mayor to a local charity of the winner’s choosing
  • The raising of the winning team’s flag at the loser’s City Hall, to be flown for one day.

One of the most popular suggestions on twitter was for the losing Mayor to wear a green man body suit while raising the winning team’s flag. Mayor Robertson put this bet to Mayor Menino, who refused.

“Vancouver fans put forth some amazing ideas for our wager, and I want to thank them for sending their ideas in,” said Mayor Robertson. “The fact that Mayor Menino has already refused part of the wager speaks volumes about his confidence in the Bruins.

“I’m looking forward to the series getting started and am confident the Canucks will deliver the Stanley Cup – and a Mayor Menino gift package – to Vancouver.”