Calgary hockey mom has vested interest in Jets-Flames series

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Guy Huntingford and his wife Bev Jarvis, who is the mother of the Winnipeg Jets’ Josh Morrisey, will try and stay out of the penalty box during game time in Calgary on Saturday, August 1, 2020.Darren Makowichuk / Postmedia

If things get really tense between the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets, Guy Huntingford and Bev Jarvis may watch the games from different rooms in the home they share.

A year into their marriage, Huntingford and Jarvis are having fun navigating some tricky waters as the Flames and Jets begin their crucial five-game qualification series this weekend as part of the NHL’s summer restart.

That year, her son was drafted by the Jets. His name? That would be Josh Morrissey. Yes, he’s the minutes-eating defenceman with the potential to determine the direction of the Jets’ best-of-five play-in series against the Flames that started Saturday night.

Huntingford’s rooting for Morrissey, too, although as a longtime Flames season ticket holder, his allegiance largely remains with the Calgary crew.

It’s less complicated for Jarvis. She’s got her son’s back, unconditionally, and that means she’s all-in on the Jets.

So how does the couple manage this best-of-five series? Well, they’re going to play it by ear.

“I think we’ll start out watching together. Whether we finish watching together or not, we’ll see,” Jarvis said with a laugh. “When Guy and I first met a number of years ago, we were really thrilled that we had hockey in common and were both hockey fans. Frankly, at the time, we were both Flames fans, but when Josh got drafted, you know, Guy all of a sudden had to have a few conflicted loyalties, maybe.

“I knew he liked me a lot when I was able to convince him to wear a Jets jersey to a Flames game.”

On Saturday night, though, Huntingford’s loyalties were always going to lie with the Flames. He’ll even be wearing a jersey from one side of the couch, while his wife wears her Jets jersey on the other.

Huntingford and Jarvis say they may watch the series from separate rooms.

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“If it gets too out of control, I’ll go watch downstairs,” Huntingford said. “We’ve talked about this, once the series is finished we can both start cheering for the same team, whoever that might be. Obviously, this one is going to be unique. I want Josh to do well, but I’ve been a Flames fan ever since I’ve been in Calgary.”

Huntingford has had his own season tickets to watch the Flames since 2007, but has been going to games since long before then. He’s been the publisher of both the Calgary Sun and Herald, as well as the CEO and president of Winsport and the CEO of BILD Calgary. Throughout it all, he was a regular at the Saddledome.

Jarvis’ association with the Flames is just as deep. She can recall Christmas mornings where both her sons giddily unwrapped Flames jerseys. She even has photos of Morrissey playing on a team called the Jr. Flames back when he was nine and 10 years old. She says he looks like a “Brodie wannabe” in his No. 7 jersey.

But when her son got drafted to the Jets, she became a Jets fan and there won’t be anybody in Calgary, or maybe event Western Canada, cheering as loudly as Jarvis for the Jets when the puck drops.

“I’m trying to be calm. I just finished some yoga, so trying to pace myself,” Jarvis said on Saturday afternoon. “I can tell you, if it’s a heavily competitive series, which I fully expect it to be, I get stressed out. I’m really excited, I’ve been looking forward to this since they announced what the new playoff format was going to be.”

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Source: https://edmontonsun.com/news/local-news/flames-versus-jets-a-family-rivalry-for-calgary-couple/wcm/f2c95427-2efe-48d7-b907-44f2428d4586

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