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Canadian in Afghanistan roots for Hawks over Canucks as Game 7 gets underway

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Maj. James Armstrong holds his beloved Chicago Blackhawks jersey at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. \\"Everywhere I go now, I usually take it,\\" Armstrong said of the jersey he bought last May at United Centre in Chicago. THE CANADIAN Press/ Colin Perkel Author: The Hockey News

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Canadian in Afghanistan roots for Hawks over Canucks as Game 7 gets underway

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CHICAGO - Many Canadians are biting their nails in anticipation as the Vancouver Canucks go into a series-deciding Game 7, but there's at least one who's rooting for the other team.

Major James Armstrong, a Canadian soldier currently serving in Afghanistan, is cheering on the Chicago Blackhaws despite the team being the Canucks' hated rival.

Armstrong has sent in a letter to Chicago's Daily Herald newspaper to show the team some love from the war zone.

In his letter, Armstrong says he takes a lot of ribbing as a Canadian who is a diehard Hawks fan. But he says, just like on the battlefield and like the team he loves, he has a "don't quit" attitude that he's held in his support.

Armstrong says the Hawks' comeback this season has helped him during his tour with "something great to follow and cheer for."

The Canucks won the opening three contests but the Hawks, who are also the defending Stanley Cup champions have rallied to win the last three games.

Armstrong also says he had a chance to be on the ice during last year's playoffs when the Canucks faced the Hawks—an experience which was a "dream come true."

"As a lifelong Hawks fan, they are really delivering something great for me in Afghanistan and I wanted to fire some support back to them from the war zone," he writes. "Go Hawks."

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Canadian in Afghanistan roots for Hawks over Canucks as Game 7 gets underway