WHIZ's Howard Chen describes it as the biggest moment in the last 15 years of his life.
More important than graduating high school or college. More vital than landing a job at WHIZ.
More dear to his heart than a family trip to Taiwan for his grandfather's 80th birthday?
"Hang on...I'm watching a replay of old-school Flames," Chen said Wednesday night, fighting back tears. "Actually, there's no doubt in my mind. It definitely is.
"Hockey is life."
Chen's beloved Calgary Flames qualified for the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday, defeating the San Jose Sharks 3-1 and winning the Western Conference Finals 4-2.
The Flames are competing in the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. Calgary advances to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since winning the cup in 1989.
Howard was a 9-year-old aspiring sportscaster living in Calgary then. He refers to himself now as the biggest Flames fan in Muskingum County.
The Flames will play either the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Lightning leads the Eastern Conference Finals 3-2.
Game one of the Stanley Cup Finals is Tuesday, May 25.