Engineering contract writer Dave Preece can hardly walk down the street wearing his snazzy new suit jacket without someone stopping to take a picture of him as his Canucks super-fan alter-ego: Towel Power Man.
The jacket, a patchwork of 13 or so Canucks towels sewn together by his skilled and dedicated wife, is a reinvention of his old look, which included towel pants, a towel shirt and a towel cape.
“My wife spent the last 14 hours or so sewing this together, so it’s all made out of a preexisting suit,” he explained in the hours before Game 1.
“We got a great response from it and had so many requests throughout the years to make different things, so this year we decided to go a little bit more business and we have the new Towel Power suit jacket.”
Preece said the formal look was a natural progression from the outfit he has worn during playoffs since 2007, because “we mean business this year.”
He’s as pumped about the Canucks’ first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs as any super-fan, but said something feels different this year.
“I’m really relaxed about it. The city just seems to be relaxed,” he said at the pre-game party outside Rogers Arena Wednesday.
“Last year, you know, we came in and it was just tense from the very start, this year we’re all of a sudden kind of calm, so we’re just going with the flow.”
He has strong faith in his team despite Wednesday night’s 4-2 loss to the L.A. Kings, and plans to mingle with fans in his Towel Power pants, shirt and new suit jacket outside Rogers Arena ahead of Game 2 Friday night.
“I’m figuring Canucks in six. Would like it to be a little less than that, but we’ll see.”