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Dec 172013

C4 on CHB

C4 on CHB – a canucks hockey blog podcast

With Clay off on exile island, Nicole van Zanten is back to join Chris and Matt in our eleventh episode. In this go-round, we chat about our power as slump-busters, the Canucks current winning streak and the events of this past Saturday. And while we have to skip the haiku, we give a few of our listeners love in our #AskCHB segment.

Winning Holidays – December 17, 2013

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As a generous group of fans, us here at CHB started to think of a way to give back to our loyal readers, listeners, and viewers and wondered what we could do to help up the ante a little? I mean, it is the holiday season and all.

Well, our good friends at the Vancouver Canucks offered to help us out in the endeavour and proposed a wickedly awesome idea – lets put someone and their friend into a suite for a game!

View from the 500 Level at Rogers Arena

View from the 500 Level

That’s right! We’re giving away a pair of prime 500 Level tickets to the Canucks vs. Jets on December 22nd! You and a friend – if you’re the lucky winner – will join a few of us from CHB as we enjoy a visit from the Winnipeg Jets from a suite in the 500 level (way, way up!). How good is that?

So how do you enter to win? Simple.

Listen to our most recent episode of our C4CHB podcast “Send ‘Em to Utica!” and answer the following question:

  • The boys and Nicole van Zanten talk about certain fan bases and their rivalries with Canucks fans on Twitter. What two fan bases does Nicole specifically compare during the podcast? For one entry, submit your answer in the form below (make sure you include a valid email address so we can contact the winner).
  • For a bonus entry – take a picture of yourself in an ugly Christmas sweater and Tweet the following (ensure you include your Twitter handle in your entry): I listened to win #Canucks tix from @canuckshockey and @VanCanucks #uglysweater #C4CHB

We will randomly draw the winner at 1:00 PM Tuesday, December 10th so make sure your entries are in before that. The winner will win one (1) pair of 500 level suite tickets to the Sunday, December 22nd Canucks game versus the Winnipeg Jets. You must be able to pick up the tickets at Will Call at Rogers Arena.

You don’t have much time. What are you waiting for?

Contest Closed – thank you for all the entries! Congratulations go to Andrea Yeung (@andrea_yeung) who had her name selected and correctly said the two teams Nicole compared were the Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators.

Dec 032013

C4 on CHB

C4 on CHB – a canucks hockey blog podcast

Joining Clay, Chris and Matt in our tenth episode of C4 is Nicole van Zanten, the face behind @VanCanucks. We get our talk on about the Canucks inconsistent ability to put the puck in the back of the net, slump busting, and how we feel the Canucks will do over the next couple of weeks. Even more exciting, we chat about a contest for a pair of tickets to an upcoming Canucks game! And as always, we get our listeners involved in the #AskCHB and haiku segments.

Send ‘Em to Utica! – December 3, 2013

Nov 122013

C4 on CHB

C4 on CHB – a canucks hockey blog podcast

Clay is back in our ninth episode of C4, joining Chris and Matt to shoot the proverbial on the Canucks. Giving our thoughts on the Canucks in the past two weeks, we provide our thoughts on the Pacific Division, what ails the Canucks powerplay and provide an assessment on the Canucks a quarter into the season. Haiku is also back and we answer a number of questions from our listeners and readers with #AskCHB.

Pacific, Powerplay and the Quarter Pole – November 12, 2013

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CHB Movember Logo

Never shirking our chance to sport some facial hair or do a solid for a charitable cause, November is always an exciting time for most of us at Canucks Hockey Blog. Sure the majority of us only dream of rocking an epic quality crumb catcher like Tom Selleck can, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give it a try for a month.

For those that haven’t heard, November is now forever known as Movember, where men and women sport a Mo (real, fake or otherwise) in an effort to draw attention to a number of men’s health issues. A month-long event, and fun twist on how to raise awareness born in Australia back in 2003, Movember has already made significant gains in raising funds for men’s health issues to the tune of $447 million. Even more important is that we the momentum behind the effort should lead to even more in 2013!

So what can you do to support?

  • Donate – ever dollar raised goes to support men’s health issues.
  • Participate – it’s easy to sign up and while growing a stache is the generally accepted way to involve yourself, for those follicly challenged, you can always sport the fake Mo.
  • Spread the word – help us by spreading the word, sharing this page with your friends, family and even strangers on the street!
  • Get a checkup – that’s right. Go see a doctor and ensure everything is in order. Your health should be your number one concern!

Funds raised by the organization are invested in to programs related to prostate cancer and men’s mental health facilitated by Prostate Cancer Canada – very honourable causes! In fact, Movember donations are the largest non-government donation towards prostate cancer research globally! And it also helps that you’ll receive a tax receipt for your donation.

So what are you waiting for? Get that lip rug going!

Movember Mo

Click the stache to donate cash!

Oct 292013

C4 on CHB

C4 on CHB – a canucks hockey blog podcast

In our eighth episode of C4, we get a little crazy as Lizz Moffat joins podcast regulars Chris and Matt while Clay is out on assignment. We give our thoughts on how the Canucks performed during their epic road trip of 2013, use our fake MD diplomas to discuss the recent spate of injuries, and share both our thoughts and those of our listeners on what favourite memories we have of Pavel Bure as a Canuck.

Everyone’s On The IR – October 29, 2013

Oct 222013

C4 on CHB

C4 on CHB – a canucks hockey blog podcast

In our seventh episode of C4, Chris and Clay are joined by Matt Lee (producer extraordinaire) and chat about how the Canucks have fared halfway through their 7 game road trip, the official Canucks Tweetup, whether or not the power play is more important than the penalty kill and a whole lot more. And always, we have a little haiku.

The Long Road Home – October 22nd, 2013

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If you’ve been off social media for the past couple of hours, you’ve likely missed the news that Alex Edler has been handed a 3 game suspension for the “illegal check to the head” of Tomas Hertl in last night’s game. And I’m likely about to say something that will upset a fair number of you.

I think three games for Edler is reasonable.

Alex Edler hits Mike Smith

Courtesy of AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

While there is considerable debate to the legality of Edler’s hit itself – of note there was no call on the ice at the time – it’s hard to argue with Brendan “Banahammer” Shanahan’s assertion in his discipline video that the main point of impact is Hertl’s head (as you can see from the video below):

So why the suspension on what most are saying was a “legal” hockey hit (man am I overusing quotation marks)? It has everything to do with the first sentence of Rule 48 – Illegal Check to the Head

A hit resulting in contact with an opponent’s head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted.

While there are those who say Hertl hit Edler, I think we all agree a collision took place between and Edler’s arm/shoulder/body caught Hertl’s noggin square. Based on that fact alone, Edler violated Rule 48 and probably got off unfairly unscathed during the game.

For those of you who are about to castigate me in a public fashion, you’re not wrong in thinking there was no malice, intent, or recklessness involved – I don’t believe there was. But the language in the rule itself goes on further to accommodate that line of thought:

However, in determining whether such a hit should have been permitted, the circumstances of the hit, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the hit or the head contact on an otherwise legal body check was avoidable, can be considered.

As Shanahan explains in his video, these factors were taken into consideration when doling out supplementary discipline. And I would go as far as to say this whole issue would be moot had Edler made contact with anything other than Hertl’s head.

And lastly, this incident seems far too similar to Edler’s knee-on-knee hit on Eric Staal in last year’s World Cup – another incident where Edler appears slide down the train tracks before contact. With this one, I’ll let you be the judge:

Oct 082013

C4 on CHB

C4 on CHB – a canucks hockey blog podcast

In our sixth episode of C4, Chris and Clay are joined by Matt Lee (again – he must be a regular now) and discuss the Canucks season 3 games in, Tortorella and Healy making friendly (or not), how the roster is panning out, and as always much, much more. Oh, and more haiku!

Torts’ World – October 8th, 2013

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Welcome to the second TGATT of the Canucks 2013/14 season. Well, really it should’ve been the third by J.J. decided it was a good idea to get all hooped up on mai tais in Hawaii and dropped the ball! Talk about letting down the team, eh?

Anyhow, what did we expect from the Canucks last night? The lackluster effort like we saw in San Jose or the beating we saw them lay against the Oilers at home Saturday?

Sure you did.

Read more #TGATT goodness past the jump.

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