Chris Golden

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.

Oct 052013
Weise and Brown Reacquainting Themselves - courtesy of

Weise and Brown Reacquainting Themselves – courtesy of

Getting themselves off to a fantastic start in the first 10 minutes of the game two nights ago, Canucks nation held out hope that the team was quickly gelling under John Tortorella. But Vancouver dug themselves a hole, forced to kill off a two-minute 5-on-3 before a handful of turnovers led to two quick Sharks goals.

Tonight, Vancouver looks for their first win of the year and have the chance to get it in front of their fans as they host their home opener against the Edmonton Oilers.

Canucks Record

0-1-0, 0 points (6th in the Pacific Division, 12th in the Western Conference). After only ONE game (you can breathe again).

Season Series

It’s the first matchup between the two teams of the regular season, but this also marks the first time the two meet since Zack Kassian’s errant stick broke Sam Gagner’s jaw (and Dale Weise’s dangerous hit on Taylor Hall). Kassian is still suspended, but Weise will be in the Vancouver lineup, creating the potential for some fireworks if the game gets out of hand for either team.

Who’s Hot

Alex Ovechkin, he of 3 goals for 5 points in 2 games. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on the cut of your jib) he’s not playing for the Canucks or Oilers.

Who’s Not

The Canucks offence. Beyond a strong effort against a light Phoenix squad in the preseason, the hometown team could very well be part of Team PowerSmart considering the lack of goal lights they’ve been turning on.

Who’s In, Who’s Out

Alex Burrows won’t be in the lineup for the next few weeks, as Tortorella announced at this morning’s pre-game skate that Burrows broke a bone in his foot blocking a shot. In  his place, Torts said the Canucks aren’t calling up an additional forward and will instead dress an extra defenceman… So, uh, the Sedins are currently playing with a mystery linemate for now.

Tonight’s Lineups


Daniel Sedin – Henrik Sedin – ???

Chris Higgins – Ryan Kesler – Jannik Hansen

David Booth – Mike Santorelli – Brad Richardson

Tom Sestito – Zac Dalpe – Dale Weise

Dan Hamhuis – Kevin Bieksa

Alex Edler – Jason Garrison

Ryan Stanton – Chris Tanev

Roberto Luongo

Eddie Lack


Ryan Smyth – Taylor Hall – Ales Hemsky

Jesse Joensuu – Boyd Gordon – Jordan Eberle

David Perron – Mark Arcobello – Nail Yakupov

Luke Gazdic – Will Acton – Mike Brown

Andrew Ference – Justin Schultz

Ladislav Smid – Jeff Petry

Nick Schultz – Anton Belov

Devan Dubnyk

Jason Labarbera

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Over the years, we at Canucks Hockey Blog have received countless email, tweets, random conversations at games and other such forms of communication from people interested in joining the crazy cast of characters we call CHB. And while the timing hasn’t always been right, we always knew that we’d eventually look to grow.

Joyous news folks! That time is now!

So You Want to be a CHBer?

So You Want to be a CHBer? *includes fine print

Do you have what it takes?
But wait, there’s more!

Sep 282013

C4 on CHB

C4 on CHB – a canucks hockey blog podcast

In the fifth episode of C4, Chris and Clay are joined by Matt Lee (again) and discuss the Canucks preseason so far, who might make the final roster for the start of the season, the Kassian suspension – including the reaction of Canucks and Oilers fans – and much, much more. And yes, we’ve got more haiku!

Bandaid Booth – September 22, 2013

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