The Green Men
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The Green Men, known as Force (Adam Forsyth) and Sully (Ryan Sullivan), are supporters of theVancouver 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.
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 characterCharlie 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.
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.
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