Author: Chris Golden

Mike Gillis, the NHL, and Social Media: Help Us Help You

Mike Gillis, the NHL, and Social Media: Help Us Help You

As we all discovered a few days ago, Canucks GM Mike Gillis became the first NHL executive to join Twitter. And just like J.J., I too hope we hear more about the team from the armchair GM that DOES make the decisions. But what I’m hoping beyond anything is that Gillis understands that Twitter is not just another route to distribute the message, but an avenue to become conversationally engaging and by extent, an active participant in “social” media. Why does this matter, you ask? Consider the current number of sources to obtain information about the Canucks on Twitter: T.C....

My Attempts to Watch Canucks Hockey in Hawaii

My Attempts to Watch Canucks Hockey in Hawaii

When I first found out that I was going to Maui, I did two things. The first was to ensure I could get the time off of work, while the second was to take a look at the Canucks schedule to see what games I was going to miss (all four games this week). I mean, what kind of fan would I be if I wasn’t somewhat concerned that I’d miss a few games (especially considering the week long break the Canucks had before I left) while I traveled abroad? Anyhow, to avoid the disappointment of not being able to...

Rule 48: Legal Hits Are Now Illegal

Rule 48: Legal Hits Are Now Illegal

If you happened to catch the Canucks game (and why the heck would you have missed it), you saw Alex Edler demolish Kyle Clifford in the neutral zone. You also saw that Edler got himself a minor penalty for the hit and further to this, you got to see yours truly defend the call on Twitter. Now before you call for me to be drawn and quartered, take a look at the hit again (although you can disregard the Kings commentary). When it first happens, the hit looks nice and clean regardless of Rule 48. Clifford has his head down...

Captain Controversy

Captain Controversy

One of the most controversial topics at the moment is whether or not Luongo keeps the C on his mask. There are those who feel the letter has been an albatross around Louie’s neck and there are those who feel that providing the C to a goaltender has angered the hockey Gods. There are also those who think that having your captain in the crease makes perfect sense. Obviously in these parts, it’s a much debated topic and one that will never cease to exist. But let’s just assume that a change is in the mix to further this debate....

What About Willie?

What About Willie?

Hidey ho folks! It’s bee a long, long time since you last saw me grace these pages. Much has happened since. The Blackhawks apparently won the Stanley Cup – I refuse to believe it happened. And I noticed that the design changed some – apparently we all like Shane O’Brien (it’s not like, but love with me.. love to hate him). Anyhoo, lets talk about what I stopped by for – Willie Mitchell’s role with the Canucks. Now before you run me out of town, I completely understand that he’s an unrestricted free agent who is (depending on which reports...

Faith

Faith

It’s not always easy being a Canucks fan. Sometimes it take a little something more to provide guidance when the going gets rough. While some choose to turn to liquid cheer, I simply crack open the good book – the dictionary – and remind myself of: faith /f’eɪθ/ noun: loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person (“Keep the faith”) It is faith that gives me the strength to accept… … that Andrew Alberts will not be the downfall to the Canucks. … the Canucks penalty kill will be measured in actual kills and not seconds. … Gary Bettman...

Waking from Hibernation

Waking from Hibernation

During the Canucks tweetup this past Tuesday, I had a chance to talk to Scott Rintoul (@ScottRintoul & co-host of “BS in the Morning” on Team 1040) about some of my pet peeves. We spoke about my “admiration” of Shane O’Brien (word is a picture exists of me wearing a shirt with his name and number on it), my belief that Luongo practices the Grant Fuhr Method to Goaltending, and why I believe Kyle Wellwood is part bear. Yes, you heard that right. I think Kyle Wellwood is part bear. Since the Olympic break, I can’t think of any other...

The Grant Fuhr Method to Goaltending

The Grant Fuhr Method to Goaltending

If you’ve even had a glance at highlights of Men’s Olympic Hockey, you’ve probably developed an opinion on how the tournament has gone so far. Some of you were likely concerned – whether it was a tough first period against Norway, a scare against Switzerland where it took a shootout to win, and then a near complete FAIL in losing to the US. In fact, you probably felt that a Hockey Congress needed to be convened to figure out what ailed the sport in Canada. Then there were others that pointed out that Team Canada is like fine wine, that...

Canada before Canucks

Canada before Canucks

So as I get ready to take in Canada vs. Switzerland at GM… err.. Canada Hockey Place later today, I’m fortunately not posed with a problem of who to cheer for. I’m a big fan of Canada – so much so that I’ve pledged to wear a red or Canadian themed shirt (my white Canada Hockey jersey for instance) throughout the Winter Olympics. So what is that problem I speak of? You see, I’m also a diehard Canucks fan. So it’s awesome to see the following players represent six different nations: Roberto Luongo (Canada) Daniel Sedin (Sweden) Henrik Sedin (Sweden)...

Love to Hate Canucks

Love to Hate Canucks

[Editor’s note: CHB would like to welcome Chris Golden as a contributor to the site. As you’ll be able to see from his first post, he’s a tough-love kinda guy. Don’t worry, we think he’ll come around after SOB scores a big goal in the playoffs.] ***** Hidey ho folks!  Remember me?  No?!  I’m hurt. Some of you may recognize me from my witty (or witless) banter in the official Canucks Fan Zone Live Blog, others may know me more as@lyteforce from the vast twitterverse, and one of you probably hangs out at my blog. Regardless of how you know...

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