Author: J.J. Guerrero

Canucks Season Preview: Henrik and Daniel Sedin

Canucks Season Preview: Henrik and Daniel Sedin

Today, we start a series looking at the 2011/2012 edition of the Vancouver Canucks. First up: Henrik and Daniel Sedin. What we remember: Henrik and Daniel Sedin continued to respond to their critics in 2010/2011. Henrik followed up his 112-point, Hart and Art Ross-winning season with a strong 94-point one. Daniel, after scoring 85 points in 63 games the season before, scored 104 points and wrestled the Art Ross away from Henrik; he won the Ted Lindsay Award too. Both were just as proficient in the postseason; Henrik and Daniel finished 2nd and 3rd in playoff scoring, respectively. Unfortunately, the...

Remembering Pavol Demitra

Remembering Pavol Demitra

I was going to start a series of posts previewing the 2011/2012 Vancouver Canucks today. But in light of this morning’s tragedy in Russia, in which a plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing members of the KHL team, Lokomotiv, I thought I’d start the series with a look at one of the victims, former Canuck, Pavol Demitra. What we remember: Perhaps one of our most lasting memories of Demitra in Vancouver wasn’t his play as a Canuck, but rather his performance at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He represented 9th-ranked Slovakia, which upset Team Sweden in the quarterfinals and came within...

Remembering Rick Rypien

Remembering Rick Rypien

I found this video this morning – a compilation of some of Rick Rypien’s great moments: I’ll always remember the fights against Zach Stortini, Hal Gill and Brandon Prust, and that shift he had against the Chicago Blackhawks when he had, like, 4 hits in a matter of seconds. He truly was, pound-for-pound, the best fighter in the NHL. ***** For anyone interested, some fans are holding a memorial outside Rogers Arena on Wednesday, August 17 at 2:00 PM. The link to the Facebook event is here.

RIP Rick Rypien

RIP Rick Rypien

It was back in December that Rick Rypien was given a personal leave of absence to deal with his demons. For a while, it seemed as though he was on the right track to recovery. He joined the Manitoba Moose for the AHL playoffs and then signed with the Winnipeg Jets early in July. It goes without saying that the news of his passing today – as tweeted by James Mirtle from the Globe and Mail – is an utter shock to his family, friends and fans. Police confirm former Canucks tough guy Rick Rypien has been found dead in...

Dog Days of Summer: Dan Carcillo Edition

Dog Days of Summer: Dan Carcillo Edition

You know we’re still in the dog days of summer when we’re focusing on a guy like Dan Carcillo. In case you missed it, Carcillo, who signed with the Chicago Blackhawks this summer, caused a bit of a stir when he had this to say about playing the Canucks during his presser: To recap: Q: What do you think of the Vancouver Canucks? Carcillo: Oh geez, I’ve had this question today already. I watched that series. I don’t know. I’m actually pretty excited to play them because there are a few guys there that play a little bit outside of...

Five Hole for Food: Back Home

Five Hole for Food: Back Home

After 17 days of driving across the great country that is Canada and raising more than 30,000 lbs of food donations for local food banks in 12 different cities, Richard Loat and the Five Hole for Food crew are finally back in BC and gearing up for their big finale on Granville St. on Saturday, July 9. Quite simply, the 2011 Five Hole for Food tour has been a rousing success. “Personally it’s just been an incredibly journey to see how far we’ve been able to come since starting the organization a mere 15 months ago,” Richard says. “It’s humbling...

Quick Hits: The Draft, The Wolves and Free Agency

Quick Hits: The Draft, The Wolves and Free Agency

Some quick thoughts now that the draft is done, the Moose have moved and free agency being just a few days away. I tried to do a write-up on each of the Canucks draft picks this weekend, but had to abandon for daddy duties. The rest of the Canucks selections were: LW Ludwig Blomstrand (4th round, 120th overall), D Frankie Corrado, (5th round, 150th overall), C Pathrik Westerholm (6th round, 180th overall) and D Henrik Tommernes (7th round, 210th overall). If Mike Gillis had one theme for the weekend, it was to add some size to the organization. All of...

2011 NHL Entry Draft: Canucks Select Joseph LaBate (4th round, 101st overall)

2011 NHL Entry Draft: Canucks Select Joseph LaBate (4th round, 101st overall)

When the NHL announced it was the Canucks’ turn to make the first of two 4th round picks, the fans in Minnesota, as they had done all weekend long, booed. At least, they did until the Canucks used the 101st overall pick to select Minnesota kid, Joseph LaBate. (And even then there were still some boos.) 4th round, 101st overall: Joseph LaBate, C, USHS – Holy Angels Consistent with their MO this weekend, the Canucks selected another big kid with the 101st overall pick; LaBate, a center, is 6’4″. From the Minnesota Hockey Prospects website: Has the combination of size...

2011 NHL Entry Draft: Canucks Select Alexandre Grenier (3rd round, 90th overall)

2011 NHL Entry Draft: Canucks Select Alexandre Grenier (3rd round, 90th overall)

With their second pick in the 3rd round, the Canucks went back to the QMJHL, selecting Alexandre Grenier, a big right-winger who spent last season with Patrick Roy’s Quebec Ramparts. 3rd round, 90th overall: Alexandre Grenier, RW, Halifax Mooseheads It’s clear that Mike Gillis wants to add some size in the system. At 6’5″, 200 lbs., Grenier is a beast. From Dan Sallows: Along with having excellent size and reach, he is a good skater, with nice hands, good puckhandling skills, has a tremendous release, adept hockey sense and vision, and plays an overall complete game. So much so, that...

2011 NHL Entry Draft: Canucks Select David Honzik (3rd round, 71st overall)

2011 NHL Entry Draft: Canucks Select David Honzik (3rd round, 71st overall)

Entering day 2 of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Canucks had the 60th, 90th, 120th, 150th, 180th and 210th picks. They then traded the 60th pick for the 71st and 101st picks. With the 71st pick, the Canucks selected goaltender David Honzik. 3rd round, 71st overall: David Honzik, G, Victoriaville Tigres At 6’2″, 209 lbs, David Honzik is a big, athletic goaltender. After a bit of an adjustment period, Hoznik got better as the season went on. He saved his best for the QMJHL playoffs. In 5 second-round games against the eventual Memorial Cup champions, Saint John Sea Dogs,...

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