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Cody for Team Canada

Cody for Team Canada

Photo credit: Hockey Canada From Hockey Canada: Hockey Canada and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) announced on Wednesday that 38 of Canada’s best junior-aged hockey players (born in 1989 or later) have been invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior selection camp from December 11-15, 2008 at the SBP Arena in Ottawa, ON and the Robert-Guertin Arena in Gatineau, QC. Of the 38 players invited, four won gold medals at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Thirty-one of the players named to the selection camp roster were drafted in either the 2007 or 2008 NHL...

Can Cory carry the load?

Can Cory carry the load?

Yesterday, Cory Schneider was named the AHL’s goaltender of the month. The American Hockey League announced today that Cory Schneider of the Manitoba Moose has been named the Reebok X-Pulse/AHL Goaltender of the Month for November. Schneider was 5-0-0 in five appearances for the Moose last month, with a 1.20 goals-against average, a .959 save percentage and one shutout. This on top of TSN’s Bob Mackenzie pimping him out last week: “Cory Schneider is a great young goaltender… people don’t realize this, but he’s ripping up the American hockey league with a goals against average barely above 1 and a...

More douchery from Avery

More douchery from Avery

I’ve never hid my hatred for Sean Avery. So tonight, I was actually looking forward to him meeting Jarome Iginla, who Avery had called “boring” earlier this season. Alas, that won’t happen. To no one’s surprise, Avery ran his mouth again, and before the game, was suspended indefinitely by the NHL. That’s too bad. I’m not sure the comment itself is suspension-worthy – hey Colin, what about those hits from behind, eh? – but regardless, it means that Iginla, Dion Phaneuf and Andre Roy won’t get their chance at taking a run at him. That’s too bad. And if you...

Luongo back on the ice

Luongo back on the ice

Finally, some good news (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province): Roberto Luongo is back. No, he’s not yet ready for a game, but Luongo took a big step in that direction when he returned to the ice Monday morning in Columbus. In full equipment, Luongo stretched and skated around the rink, the best sign yet he will be back in the Canucks’ lineup sooner than later. This isn’t a knock on Sanford and Schneider as both have been very good in relief. However, seeing Lui – the team’s captain and emotional leader – back on skates is a sweet, sweet sign for...

Uh-oh

Uh-oh

I’m trying to look for a silver lining in the Canucks’ 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets last night. I’d like to say that they at least outplayed the Jackets, only to be outplayed by rookie goaltender Steve Mason. Or that they’ve bounced back after back-to-back losses to the Calgary Flames. I can’t. The Canucks weren’t good. Well, maybe they were in the third period, but they still squandered a 2-1 lead with only 11 minutes left in the game. The powerplay connected twice – which matched their total from the last week and a half – but the...

NHLPA Luc Bourdon Charity Auction

NHLPA Luc Bourdon Charity Auction

The NHLPA is doing a good thing (Vancouver Sun): The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced Monday that hockey fans and friends of the late Luc Bourdon of the Vancouver Canucks will be able to support the Luc Bourdon Memorial Fund through an online eBay.ca auction that was launched on Saturday. All proceeds raised will support scholarships and various youth-related initiatives in honour of Bourdon. The auction features hockey memorabilia donated by NHLPA members, NHL clubs and various hockey organizations. Notable items donated to the auction include a Sidney Crosby autographed stick, Nicklas Lidstrom- and Saku Koivu-autographed jerseys, and...

Flame out

Flame out

The Vancouver Canucks lost both games of a home-and-home series against the Calgary Flames. It was ugly in a sense that the Flames – and the Minnesota Wild – are now a single point behind our division-leading ‘Nucks, but also, the more offensive style of hockey we watched the first 22 games disappeared sometime between the first and second periods of Thursday night’s game. The Canucks were outchanced and outshot in both games, though truth be told, this isn’t anything new. (They have now been outshot in 15 of their first 24 games.) On Thursday, what was noticeable was how...

16 Days of Trevor Linden

16 Days of Trevor Linden

From the Vancouver Canucks: The Vancouver Canucks are proud to announce that Canucks.com will celebrate 16 Days of Trevor Linden, beginning on Monday, December 1st, 2008. The special 16-day initiative will take an in-depth look at Trevor Linden’s career, concluding on December 16th, 2008 just one day prior to Trevor Linden’s sweater retirement ceremony. The 16 Days of Trevor Linden will feature video and print content as well as a series of photo galleries highlighting Linden’s hockey career spanning more than two decades. The 16 days of coverage encompasses draft day in 1988 through to his last game on April...

The quarter pole review

The quarter pole review

After 22 games, the numbers don’t lie. The Vancouver Canucks are 14-6-2 and their 32 points are good for 1st in the Northwest Division, 3rd in the Western Conference and 5th in the entire NHL. They are 11-3-1 against the West and 5-0-1 against the Northwest. They’ve beaten the Red Wings twice, the Flames and the Wild twice, and the Penguins and the Rangers. Overall, the other numbers are good as well as unexpected. The Canucks have scored 68 goals so far this season and their average of 3.09 per game is good for 9th in the NHL and is...

The Crazy Canucks: Episode 69

The Crazy Canucks: Episode 69

Although touted as the super groin spectacular due to Luongo’s injury being the top story in Vancouver news over the last week or so, this episode is pretty much about a team united (and happy to boot). All of co-hosts join together to talk lines, recent wins, upcoming road trips, and to try and figure out the meaning behind the end of game hoots and hollers for Sanford. Click here to listen to the episode.

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