'Lucky Loonie' tradition helps Raptors win Eastern Conference Finals

Andrew Zuber

One of hockey’s great mythical powers has made its way into the NBA and has helped the Toronto Raptors reach heights they’ve never seen before.

The ‘Lucky Loonie’ tradition started at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake. A Canadian crew tasked to manage the ice for the event clandestinely hid a Canadian one dollar coin underneath the surface, spurring Team Canada to their first gold medal in men’s ice hockey in 50 years, and first ever in the women’s event.

The loonie is on display to this day at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The tradition continued in 2010, when loonies were hidden underneath different venues in Vancouver for the Winter Olympics, which saw Canada bring home a record 14 gold medals, including another double gold in Men’s and Women’s ice hockey.

That mythical power has now been transferred to the hardwood, as Scotiabank Arena in Toronto played the host for another magical coin hidden underneath the floor.

Yes, underneath the floorboards for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals was a loonie. The Raptors won Game 6, dispatching the Milwaukee Bucks to clinch their first spot in the NBA Finals.

As you can see in the video abovedsa, it was removed as the floors were changed out to make way for a mid-week concert (you have enough luck already, Twenty One Pilots), and a change of pattern for the NBA Finals design. The arena crew has said that the lucky loonie is in a safe place for now.

These magic loonies have already provided so many memories for Canadian sports fans, what’s four more wins?

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