VERNON CIVIC ARENA'S "SECTION B FANS"

"SECTION B FANS" AT THE CIVIC ARENA

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Section B Fans

Image: This is the original image taken for the Morning Star article that was published Feburary 1, 1990. It was cropped for the article with the following as the caption, "Members of "Section B" show how they react to a bad call from the referee. The 25 diehard fans of the Lakers are now wearing their own uniforms for the home games of the Lakers. The club is always interested in new members joining."

MEMBERS OF "SECTION B FANS" IN THE PHOTO

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Jason Beugeling (boy with Lakers hat in the foreground), Suzanne Beugeling (girl looking at the camera), Louie Salvino (face covered by arm) , Charlie 'Chuck' Harley (with glasses, arm over Louies' face), Patricia Harley (glasses, looking at camera), Randy unknown (above Suzanne B.), Dennis Sponholz (beard, dark glasses, author of Code of Conduct), Barry Gourlie (mustache, right beside Dennis S.), Laurie Gourlie (blond hair, next to Barry G.), Don Simpson (above Randy ?), Teresa Harley (lady pointing down), Rick Zarr (fellow above Louie S.) , Randy Tomkins (beard, top row), Dick McCluskey (gentlemen just below Paul D.), Paul Davies (top row center, looking at camera), Walt Davies (gentlemen with glasses just to the left of Paul D.), Paul Beugeling (top row with hat and glasses), Diana Beugeling (just behind Don S.). Fans, top left corner above rail, Dawn Leifke (lady with glasses) & Darlene Varley
MISSING: Rob McCluskey, Bruce Simpson, Ron ? & Matthew ?
(If you know anyone from the photo or whom was part of 'Section B' but, not listed please, let me know.)
Email: vernonjrahockey.ca "at" shaw "dot" ca

LOCATION OF "SECTION B FANS"

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Section B Fans Occupy the Red Area

The "Section B Fans" occupied Section B of the Vernon Civic Arena, on the left side of the announcers booth and zamboni entrance, right behind the penalty, time/score-keepers boxes.
See: The "red area" of Vernon Civic Arena Seating Plan to the left, the image is clickable.

"The location where these hockey fans sit is important because it allows them to do what they do best. Which is: yell, scream, and generally let the referee know when he's made a bum call. They also take great pride in loudly discussing the genealogy and lack of hygiene of opposing players.", quote from Mike McQuillan.

They tried, as hard as they could, to emphasize the "ADVANTAGE" in the well know hockey phrase, "HOME ICE ADVANTAGE". This was particularly directed to all opposition players, staff and fans alike but, especially to the referees, just ask Dave McLellan and Darren Zupp.

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THE MORNING STAR ARTICLE

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THE MORNING STAR ARTICLE - THURSDAY FEBRUARY 1, 1990

Mike McQuillan - Inside Sports - TheMorningStar

If you've ever been to a Vernon Lakers hockey game you know all about "Section B". If you've never heard of them it's about time you did.

B section is a group of about 25 diehard Laker fans who come out to every game and let every body know they're there. The group adopted the name because they have season tickets in B section, directly behind the two penalty boxes and the timekeepers box.

The location where these hockey fans sit is important because it allows them to do what they do best. Which is: yell, scream, and generally let the referee know when he's made a bum call. They also take great pride in loudly discussing the genealogy and lack of hygiene of opposing players.

"In one game againt the Williams Lake Mustangs, one of the Mustangs stayed in the penalty box an extra 18 seconds to yell at us," brags a female member of B section, "His coach was just furious".

At the last Lakers game against the New Westminster Royals, B section finally jumped into the big leagues. Each Member of the section donned a brand new referee's uniform, courtesy of Kelly's Electronic World from Vernon.

With their new uniforms, B section was in special form, Saturday. "Have another jelly donut ref", shouted a sideline referee. Another senior section member offerd the ref some words of encouragement: "Hey Ref! Your're pretty consistent tonight. Consistently bad".

After a suspect penalty was called against a Laker, the section began chanting from the nursery rhyme, Three Blind Mice.

The B section referees have been offering word of encouragement to players and refs for about three years. During this period the group has formalized itself with the adoption of a "Code of Ethics" which spells out their constitution.

"Only true and devoted Vernon Laker fans shall sit in section B", reads one item. "We will, through the kindness of our hearts, impart our (vast) knowledge to the players and officials... in the most loud and obnoxious manner we can muster without the use of profanity", states the unlawful act.

Many other pearls of wisdom are discribed in the constitution. However, the best way to learn more about section B is at a Lakers game.

Besides being loud and noisy, the group is also cordial and more then willing to give advice on just about anything, "Down in front doorknob. What da'ya think ya are, a window?"

Original Article

Image: Original newspaper clippings, Thursday, Feburary 1, 1990 - The Morning Star

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SECTION B CODE OF ETHICS

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VERNON CIVIC ARENA SECTION "B" CODE OF ETHICS

Section B Patch

Only true and devoted Vernon Laker fans shall sit in Section "B". All Season Ticket Holders in Section B shall treat each other with the greatest respect as it is befitting our reputation as the kindest and most knowledgable fans in the arena. Non-season ticket holders will be toleated only if they meet our high standards of etiquette.

Because of our devotion to the game of hockey we have over the years, amassed a vast knowledge of the game and its rules and regulations. We will, through the kindness of our hearts, able to impart this knowledge to the players and officials.

We will give the officials the right to call the game (by themselves) untill they make two mistakes or five minutes, which ever comes first. We will then make all subsequent calls for them, only if the officials can skate and blow their whistles at the same time. (A centain referee with an extremely high forehead will be offered a seeing-eye dog.)

If a Vernon player receives an unjust penalty, we will offer encoragement to the player and tell how to do it the next time, without getting caught by the obviously biased referee.

When an opposing player receives a justified penalty, (ALL PENALTIES TO THE OPPOSITION ARE JUSTIFIED: SOMEHOW), we shall discuss with said player why he received the penalty, his lack of the social graces, lack of intelligence, and lack of personnal hygiene. Also, we will discuss with the player his geneology and the amazing coincidence of how he looks like some of his private parts.

The opposing coach shall be offered our expertise in a loud and concise manner on how to coach his bungling group of morons, which he thinks is a hockey team. Also, as a gesture of our goodwill, we will help the coach pick out the player who should go out to start the bus.

All of the above information shall be transmitted in a manner befitting our stature. In other words, in the most loud and obnoxious manner we can muster without the use of profanity. If profanity must be used, please use a foreign language.

CLAUSES:

  1. BARRY - If you go to a game in the oppositions' dump, try not to get a bench minor against the Lakers.
  2. LAURIE & DENNIS - When chanting an opposing players name, make sure it doesn't refer to certain sexual acts.
  3. PAUL - When imitating sports announcers, Howie Meeker is allowed, Howard Cosell is not.
  4. DIANNE - When the opposition's player have trouble finding or getting into the penalty box, we will offer what assistance we can, if they can count to three.
  5. DICK - Repeated spillage of one's "refreshments" will result in the use of a bib and getting your cup glued to your hand.
  6. DAWN - When one's favoritie player gets involved in an altercation, try to stay out of it.
  7. RICK - Sitting in front of a very large speaker system could result in a change of clothes or a heart attack.
  8. LOUIE - When one of us is called upon to be a goal judge, he or she shall turn the little red light on only when the rest of Section "B" TELL YOU TO.
  9. CHUCKLES - We shall not use the Postal Service as a means to deliver a dynamite enema.
  10. DENNIS - All clothing shall be worn right side out.
  11. DON - Cheeseburgers and being late for the games could be hazardous to you health.
  12. GROUPIE - When singing, please, do it together and in tune.

AMMENDMENTS TO CODE OF ETHICS:

Any member of Section "B", in good standing, (extremely good attendance record) may at any time ammend this code.

P.S. FOR A NON-MEMBER - John (our zoo keeper). We could try to be nice to John, if he treats us with the respect we deserve.

P.S.S. BIG AL - Is there a chance we will get some GOOD press this season?

Code Of Ethics Page Two

Image: Original Vernon Civic Arena Code Of Ethics Pages One

Code Of Ethics Page Two

Image: Original Vernon Civic Arena Code Of Ethics Pages Two

Side Notes:

  • Referree, Dave McClellan was referred to as "A centain referee with an extremely high forehead".
  • "our zoo keeper" was John Manjack.
  • "BIG AL" was local reporter Al Paterson.
  • Dianne is a misspelling of Diana B.'s name.
  • Chuckles is a nickname of Charlie 'Chuck' Harley.

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SECTION B ANECDOTES

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VARIOUS ANECDOTES OF "SECTION B" IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

* All jerseys were actually Linesmen jerseys however Paul & Diana Beugeling turned theirs into Referee ones by putting the red (with black trim) band around each arm.

* Before the game started, when the refs were at the timekeepers box, "Hey ref, you only have to know one rule, WE MAKE THE CALL, YOU BLOW THE WHISTLE!", courtesy of Paul C. Beugeling.

* One game against Merrit, Barry Gorley was very vocal towards Merritts bench, during an intermission Merritts coach Eddie Beers decided to give Barry a visit. Beers promply left the ice and sat beside Barry. Diana Beugeling subsequently asked Eddie for his autograph.

* Had an opposing goalie named Jason Tapp, when are team scored we'd chant "DRIIP, DRIIIP, DRIIIIP!" in reference to, a leaky tap(faucet), last name, Tapp.

* Our team would score numerous goals on one goalie, our chant "SIEVE, SIEVE, SIEVE", while doing a sort of pointing chop motion in his direction.

* Chant, "WARM-UP THE BUS!, WARM-UP THE BUS!, WARM-UP THE BUS!", if the opposing team was losing badly near the end of the third period.

* One 'Home Opener' featured the HANSON BROTHERS, they lined up on the Blue Line with our team, with the lights out and the spotlight on them Paul B. yelled, "Hanson Brothers, you're nothin but, a bunch of goons!", they leaned out from the line looked sternly and pointed at his direction.

* Chant, "RED LIGHT WHITE!, RED LIGHT WHITE!, RED LIGHT WHITE!", when they played an opposing goalie with the last name 'White' and our team scored.

* Referee DARREN ZUPP, 'Even-Up Zupp', was one of their favorite targets, they maintained that their team was already a goal down before the start of a game if, Zupp was the ref.
NOTE: Darren Zupp played for the Lakers during the 1980-81 season.

* Curtis Head was an opposing player that would take numerous penalies, as such they were more than inclined to welcome him back to the penalty box, when he returned to regular play, their chant of "WE WANT HEAD!, WE WANT HEAD!, WE WANT HEAD!" could be heard thru-out the entire arena, and yes they realized that there was another meaning to the term, that's why they continued.

* "Hey, what's that number on your helmet, you're IQ? or your S.A.T. score?" courtesy of Dennis Sponholz.

* One time Barry went to an away game where he sat behind the Lakers players bench. There was, what he thought, was a bad call by the ref so, he vehemently voiced his opinion. The ref thought it came from the Lakers Bench Staff which, resulted in a Bench Minor penalty against the Lakers.

* Referee DAVE 'MAC' MCCLELLAN was another favorite of theirs. During the entire 1989-90 season he received alot of their attention. While he was at the timekeepers box, during stoppages of play, he would "beak" right back at them. Even, so far as to pull his jerseys sleeve and mention that they have nothing to say because they didn't have a ref's jersey. Hence, why they purchased their ref jerseys.

* A visiting player takes a penalty then proceeds to the penalty box. He tries but, was unable to open the door. So, he attempts to jump over the boards to get in. After his third attempt Diana Beugeling leaves her seat and goes to face him at the box. She proceeds to count, "One...Two...Three...Jump!" while motioning how to jump in.

* At a 'Home Opener' featuring KRAZY GEORGE, They're sure otheir section made more noise than he did or at least they tried too.

* After some on ice antics of a certain Chilliwack player(John Craighead ? 1992) that landed him in the penalty box which, just so happens to be right beside where they hose off the zamboni, he started to chirp back at them. His reward, was a pay-back of a cold water hose-down by an arena staff member.

* "Hey, ref...you must be pregnant, you missed two periods!"... even Mclelland lauged at that and yelled back, "Good one!"; courtesy of Rick Zarr.

* If the Lakers would score into the double digits they would do a count for the goals scored,"ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN" then, cheer loudly while making noise with the cow bells.

* "LOUIE, LOUIE, LOUIE!" would be shouted by the group when Louie Salvino, a member, was called upon to be a 'goal judge' on the south end of the rink.

THE CURRENT VERSION OF THE JERSEY

Almost all the fans that wore the Section 'B' jerseys no longer do. However, one member of that illustrious club, still does. To see him, just go to a Vipers game and have a look around the arena, you can't miss him.

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