Author: Chris Golden

He Said, She Said: No Worries

He Said, She Said: No Worries

[About the game from two viewpoints. Chris and Caylie watch the game and exchange their thoughts via email.] From: Christopher Golden To: Caylie King Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 18:09 Hey Caylie, So here we are minutes before puck drop of Game 2 between the Canucks and Sharks. Any predictions to what we’ll witness? I’m banking on another aggressive forecheck from the Canucks – or at least a win seeing as Tambellini has found his way into the lineup. C. From: Caylie King To: Christopher Golden Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 18:29 Hi Chris, Well, after a good starting shift...

He Said, She Said: Bad Giveaways and Bouncing Back

He Said, She Said: Bad Giveaways and Bouncing Back

[About the game from two viewpoints. Chris Golden and Caylie King watch the game and exchange their thoughts via email.] From: Christopher Golden To: Caylie King Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 18:03 Hey Caylie, If I ever throw a party, can you remind me to have Luongo host it for me? The guy seems like not only a solid draw, but a great host too. I mean, who else would give away the good china to someone who already has plenty of his own? C. From: Caylie King To: Christopher Golden Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 18:11 Hi Chris, Is...

NHLPA Beard-a-thon: Rocking my Playoff Beard for the Heart and Stroke Foundation

NHLPA Beard-a-thon: Rocking my Playoff Beard for the Heart and Stroke Foundation

For the past few seasons, I’ve rocked a playoff beard to show my die-hard support of the Vancouver Canucks (and so have many others – take a look at our Playoff Beard Challenge). So after seeing a post from Derek Jory on canucks.com about the NHLPA Beard-a-thon, I figured that not only should I be rocking the facial hair for my team, but the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada as well: NHLPA Beard-a-thon donations will go towards the placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in hockey rinks, schools and community centres in provinces across Canada. Heart and Stroke Foundation’s...

Rock the Johnny Canuck, Win a Canucks Team-Signed Stick

Rock the Johnny Canuck, Win a Canucks Team-Signed Stick

Hopefully by now, you’ve heard about our little Canucks Playoff Beard Challenge. Simply supporting the team by showing off your best looking playoff beard can get you a shot at winning a $25 gift card to the Hurricane Grill. But also, we here at Canucks Hockey Blog wanted to celebrate the start of this long playoff run with a kick-off contest so we reached out to our friends from the Vancouver Canucks organization and discovered they had a team-signed Canucks stick available for us to give away to one lucky CHB reader. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to...

The Canucks 2011 Playoff Beard Challenge

The Canucks 2011 Playoff Beard Challenge

If there’s one thing we here at Canucks Hockey Blog can’t get enough of, it’s a little friendly competition. So in the spirit of things, we’re throwing down the gauntlet for the Canucks 2011 Playoff Beard Challenge. Although the playoff beard itself has a storied and cherished past, and many have gone on to grow them to sasquatch-ian proportions, a few of us thought it would be better served if some order was brought to the madness. Last season, we had a number of participants step up such as myself (check out the mug below), Derek Jory (best known as...

Canucks for Kids Telethon: A Blogger’s Challenge

Canucks for Kids Telethon: A Blogger’s Challenge

During the Canucks for Kids telethon last year, a bunch of us Canucks bloggers pledged to donate to the cause for every new Twitter follower we received that night. With this year’s Canucks for Kids telethon going on tonight, Brian from Canucks Corner laid down the gauntlet again and challenged all Canucks bloggers to donate 10 cents for every new Twitter follower. In the famous words of Barney Stinson, “Challenge Accepted!” On behalf of CHB, I, Christopher Golden aka @lyteforce, pledge to donate 10 cents for every new Twitter follower I get between puck drop and game end. I have...

Reality NHL TV: Creating a connection with casual fans

Reality NHL TV: Creating a connection with casual fans

Let’s hold off the hockey talk for a second and take a good look at the NFL and television. If there is one league in North America that understands the effect television coverage has on the bottom line and it’s ability to print money, it has to be the NFL. (If you thought you’d learn about a certain quarterback who should have retired years ago who apparently likes to open up the tool box to share his tool with people, my profuse apologies). To back up this outlandish claim, I provide three exhibits and theme music: National television revenue coming...

When does Pavel get his due?  (And why Pavel is like Chuck Norris.)

When does Pavel get his due? (And why Pavel is like Chuck Norris.)

On December 2, Chuck Norris became an Honourary Texas Ranger. Raise your hand if that surprises you. Not the fact he just became a Texas Ranger, but the fact he WASN’T ALREADY a Texas Ranger? I know, eh? Want to know something else that still surprises me? The fact that Pavel Bure isn’t in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Recently, J.J. was listening to me wax on at the different reasons why the Canucks are properly retiring the number 19 and not the number 10. One of my reasons had to do with the fact that Pavel decided he no...

I Feel the Need.. the Need for Speed

I Feel the Need.. the Need for Speed

(Please forgive me for the cheesy headline, but any chance you get to drop a Top Gun reference there is no way you can pass it up – kinda like taking pot shots at the Calgary Flames for instance.) If you’ve been watching the Canucks over the past couple of weeks, you’ve likely noticed a few players find a third and fourth gear in their skates. Heck, the only Flames worth watching last night were coming from Raymond and Tambellini as they lit the ice up. In fact, it seems that Tambellini’s insertion into the Canucks second line provided Kesler...

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....

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