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Rabid Canadian Hockey Fan Stranded In Chiang Mai Rescued by Canucks Boosters

Canadian hockey fan Stu Elmes with his daughter in Chaing Mai.
Canadian hockey fan Stu Elmes with his daughter in Chaing Mai. (Photo: Will Langston for Bangkok Herald)

Canadian hockey fans have come to the rescue of one of their own who has been stuck in Chiang Mail, unable to afford airline tickets home for the entire family.

Stu Elmes, better known to friends and foes on Twitter as @TheDiscoStu, his British wife Hayley, their 2-year-old daughter and two cats have been living in the northern city since 2016 while they wait for approval of her Canadian permanent residency.

She’s been working. Stu’s been ranting about the Vancouver Canucks on Twitter. It has not always earned him a lot of fans.

 “Canuck lover, bastard, internet fiend. If you like bland takes, don’t follow me,” the polarizing, passionate fan’s profile says.

While no one is truly “stuck” or “stranded” in Thailand anymore – flights are leaving every day and some embassies are even offering loans for repatriation flights – the Elmes’ problems have been financial. He said his wife’s Thai employer hasn’t paid her in four months.

With no income and savings dwindling, the Canadians can’t risk putting out the hundreds of thousands of baht on air tickets for flights that routinely are being canceled. Once canceled, the tickets may not be refunded for 60 days.

Frustrated and desperate, Elmes tweeted Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini as a joke, musing that the hockey franchise boss has a nice plane, simply sitting there in a hanger.

Aquilini didn’t send the jet, but one fellow Canucks fan took up his cause.

Going by “Burnt Reynolds”, Twitter user @unsknnybop5 started a GoFundMe page called “Bring DiscoStu Home” with the modest goal of raising US$7,500 for the air tickets. It’s now exceeded its goal.

Elmes has never met @unsknnybop5 but was floored by the compassion from his fellow hockey fan. But the good-hearted outpouring isn’t going to Elmes’ style.

“Now that I know how much support I have, I’ll be a bigger asshole than ever,” Disco Stu tweeted this morning. “You can take that to the bank.”