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Sully and Force
versus Nashville Predators, December 22, 2009
The Green Men, Vancouver Green Men
The Green Men, known as Force (Adam Forsyth) and Sully (Ryan Sullivan), are supporters of the Vancouver Canucks. They are known for sitting beside the opposing team's penalty box during Canucks games at Rogers Arena with their green full-body spandex suits. The suits are zentai, from the SuperFan Suit brand. Force wears the neon green suit while Sully, the shorter of the two, wears the darker suit. The two were inducted into the ESPN Hall of Fans in 2012. They have also appeared in a Pepsi billboard advertisement, wearing a Canucks jersey.
1.1 2009-2010 season,
1.2 2010-2011 season,
1.3 2011 playoffs
1.3.1 Conference Quarterfinals,
1.3.2 Conference Semifinals,
1.3.3 Conference Finals,
1.4 2011-2012 season,
1.5 2012-2013 season,
2 NHL relationship with the duo,
3 "Behind the Green",
5 External links,
The idea for the Green Men started when the two friends, Force and Sully, decided to attend a National Football League game in Seattle. They ordered a pair of green suits to wear to the game after watching a Season 3 episode of the television program It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in which character Charlie Kelly wears a similar suit. Sully's suit arrived a day after the football game, so the Green Men went to a Canucks game instead. The owner of the roofing company that Sully worked for had access to the seats beside the penalty box, which is how they continually got those seats. The owner provided more free tickets after the duo rose to fame, but they have since been forced to pay for themselves. The Green Men entertain fans and annoy the opposition with their antics, which include handstands against the glass and the use of props such as a cutout of Carrie Underwood or Vince Vaughn in a Canucks jersey.
Some of their antics have been:
Throwing frozen waffles in the air when Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tim Brent took a penalty, referencing an angry Leafs fan throwing a waffle on the Air Canada Centre ice a week earlier.,
Their first appearance was when the Nashville Predators stopped by Rogers Arena, then known as General Motors Place, on December 22, 2009. They attended 13 games during the 2009-10 Vancouver Canucks season. In 2011, Force and Sully both finished their journalism program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and are trying to break into the media business.
The Green Men supported Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics. They took photos of themselves wearing Canada jerseys.
In May 2011, the duo were asked by the National Hockey League to stop touching the glass and doing handstands, and would not be allowed to engage players verbally.
Showing a cutout of Vince Vaughn in a Canucks jersey in a playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011.,
Butt flossing a Blackhawks jersey during a 2010 playoff series against the Blackhawks.,
Holding up a sign saying 'Which Way to the Roxy?' when Nashville Predators defenceman Shane O'Brien was in the penalty box during their 2011 playoff series, a reference to O'Brien frequenting a bar of that name when he played for the Canucks.,
Versus the Chicago Blackhawks
The morning of April 28, two Green Men impostors were set up near the north end of the George Massey Tunnel, a highway traffic tunnel in Metro Vancouver, approximately 20 km south of the city centre. Their antics disrupted traffic for hours, leading to "Force" receiving "about 17 different phone calls from people telling me that I had ruined their morning commute," by the time he woke up--he was in Victoria at the time. CBC investigation tracked it down to a lighting replacement company; they dismissed claims they were responsible for the snarl.
Versus the San Jose Sharks
At Game 7, after the Boston win, the Green Men held a sign reading Their final tweet of the season read: "Dear rioters: You're a disgrace to our city. Congratulations on the win Boston. We're not all like this on the west coast."
The Green Men had planned to end their appearances, if the Canucks go all the way. Said Force: "We have said from Day 1 we will hang with them until the Canucks win the Stanley Cup. If the Canucks win the Cup this year, I am hanging up the suit. I will encourage it to be hung from the rafters at Rogers Arena. It won't happen, but I encourage it. If the Canucks lose, we will see what happens." Sully suggested that "Nothing is official. We haven't made a joint decision just yet. If one guy goes down, then the ship goes down with him."
On December 1, 2011, the Green Men returned for a Canucks home game against the Nashville Predators. In the first period, when Predators defenseman and captain Shea Weber was sent to the penalty box, the Green Men were waiting with a cardboard cutout of Canucks center Ryan Kesler's nude pose from ESPN The Magazine's The Body Issue. They attended two other regular season games.
During the playoffs, the Green Men held a Twitter contest, where winners would receive prizes in person from Sully. They endorsed a gel bracelet wristband promotion at Blenz Coffee locations in Greater Vancouver, supporting the BC Cancer Foundation Underwear Affair.
Sully and the Force were both also seen at the Davis Cup during the 2012 games when Canada had lost against France in Vancouver.
Sophie Tweed-Simmons appeared in one of the duo's acts, a magic trick where one man disappeared behind a green curtain, with the singer magically appearing as a replacement.
The duo appeared in Pepsi advertising, in a series of ads including Mohan Singh Vinning (PunJohnny Canuck) and Amie Nguyen (Queen Canuck).
NHL relationship with the duo:
According to Hockey Night in Canada's Hot Stove Panel, The Green Men received a warning from the National Hockey League that the acts that they were committing needed to be "toned down" at future games. More specifically, they have been asked not to touch the glass of the penalty box or perform hand stands against it anymore. There has been no confirmation as to whether or not the NHL league contacted Force and Sully directly, or whether the Nashville Predators filed a complaint towards the league during the 2011 playoffs. Although the Hockey Night in Canada analysts have different perspectives towards Force and Sully, Eric Francis said he believes that the Green Men are paying fans and have a right to be there. "They have done nothing wrong. All they're doing is adding to the ambiance and the atmosphere of a game, which is what makes a game so fun... a stadium so fun." A Facebook group has been set up to save the duo and to ensure that they keep doing what they're doing.
"Behind the Green":
One of the Green Men, Ryan "Sully" Sullivan wrote a book titled "Behind the Green" and has hosted book signings in support of the BC Cancer Foundation.
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