It's always tough to see your team lose but for two Kamloops friends on opposite sides of the Canucks-Bruins series, defeat will be much more than an emotional experience.
Ryan Le Sage and Jamie Meegan have agreed they will get a tattoo of their friend's team's logo if the other team wins the Stanley Cup.
Le Sage, 30, and Meegan, 30, made the bet five years ago. The two came up with the plan as they sat around their company's lunchroom, bantering about hockey.
Le Sage is a die-hard Bruins supporter while Meegan is a Canucks fan through and through. The two men have been friends for 10 years.
Back when they made the bet, neither thought the teams might one day battle each other for the cup. Yet, here they are, the Bruins and the Canucks, getting set for Game 4 of the final series.
It means not long from now, either Le Sage or Meegan will visit Shambhala's Tattoo in Kamloops for some skin work.
"There is no way to back out now," Meegan said. "The deal was made."
"We'll be going through it, no matter what," Le Sage agreed.
Both say, however, it will "suck" to have to wear the other team's logo forever.
They have both agreed the tattoo must be the size of a regulation NHL puck and must be put in a place that can be readily displayed in a social situation if the other friend ever demands it be shown. They have also agreed the tattoos must never be defaced. The tattoo will be done within 48 hours of the end of the series.
"It would probably be the worst experience of my life to date," Meegan said, noting he has no other tattoos.
"Win or lose, it will be something we'll remember for the rest of our lives," said Le Sage, who has a couple of other tattoos already.
Both friends are still optimistic it will be the other one who will go under the tattooing needle.
Le Sage said the first two games were sobering but Boston's ripping 8-1 victory Monday "took a great weight off his shoulders." Meegan said he's not worried about the Canucks' loss, saying everyone expected the Bruins would put up a tough fight the first night back in Boston.
Both men think their team will win tonight's game, set to get underway in Boston at 5 p.m. PDT.