Shooting From the Hip With @suitoflights: Welcome Back, NHL!

Although I’ve never met @suitoflights in person (our closest encounter was both being at the Five Hole for Food street hockey game last summer), I’ve always admired her wit and honesty on Twitter.  Thus, it was a no-brainer when it came to picking my first guest for the 2013 year.

In her words:

Jocelyn (@suitoflights) was born in Victoria, BC and studied at Thompson Rivers University before becoming a Legal Assistant.  In April 2010, she followed her life-long dream of moving to Vancouver although she’d always been aware of the Vancouver Canucks and hockey in general.  It wasn’t until the 2004 playoffs (game six  against Calgary and, more specifically, Brendan Morrison’s triple-overtime goal) that really did her in; speaking of lockouts, the last one came at an otherwise horrible time for a new hockey fan.  Other than hockey, Jocelyn’s passions include tattoos, all things cat-related, music and Ron Swanson’s moustache.

1.       After 4 months the NHL lockout is over.  Were you surprised that it took this long to resolve?  Why or why not?

I am surprised that it took this long because I feel like the entire situation could have been avoided. At the same time, however, I did kind of write the season off and had no expectations of there even being a season. So, when I woke up Sunday morning to several text messages about the lockout being over, it was a nice surprise and made me realise how badly I’ve missed cheering on the boys.

2.         How will you change your viewing or spending habits on the NHL because of the lockout?

To be honest, the NHL doesn’t owe us, the fans, really anything, other than the pleasure of being able to enjoy watching the sport we all love.  We’re lucky to live somewhere where we’re able to care so deeply about something like this, instead of whether or not the water we’re drinking is clean, if there’s shoes on our feet or a roof over our head.  So, to answer the question, I’ll still continue spending money, when it permits, on the NHL, and I’ll resume watching just like normal.  I do have a life outside of the NHL, like we all do, but I’m excited to incorporate back into my life.

3.         What excites you about the 2013 Canucks and what concerns you about the team as it is right now?

To be honest, what excites me the most is the fact that there’s even a 2013 Canucks team because I didn’t expect it. I think, at the same time, a shortened season is equally stressful as it isn’t because there’s less time to prepare for the playoffs but then you want to be able to enjoy the season for what it is as well.  What concerns me is, as we all know, the Canucks are slow to start their season, so I’m hoping they find their feet fast and don’t put themselves in jeopardy of missing the playoffs.

4.         Which Canuck will be the first player into Alain Vigneault’s doghouse and why?  How long will this take?

Probably Keith Ballard – because he’s Keith Ballard – and he’s already there. Isn’t he?

5.         Where will the Canucks finish in their division and in the Western Conference overall and why?

I’m certain the Canucks will finish first in the division still and I’d like to see them at the top of the Western Conference, obviously.  No matter who the starting goaltender ends up being we know there’ll be someone solid between the pipes, a stronger defence (hopefully) with the addition of Jason Garrison,  and the Sedins up front together with Burrows, Kesler and Higgins, there’s solid scoring all around.  I think it’s enough to get the job done, and I’m excited to see what happens. I’d like to see a stronger checking line, though; I know I’m not the only one.

Clay Imoo

Clay Imoo is a Canucks season ticket member and creator of Canucks parody songs. He is a co-host of the C4 podcast and writer of Things That Make You Go Hmmm and CHB's Top 10. More importantly, he is a husband and father.

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