In the Vancouver Canucks’ 3-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night, both Henrik and Daniel were among the Canucks skaters to shoot in the shootout. Daniel’s quick snapshot was stopped by Mike Smith, and Henrik lost the handle of the puck on his attempt, sealing the loss. It still perplexes me as to how two of the most creative and offensively-gifted players in the entire league can perform so poorly in the shootout. Perhaps they could spend some of their new $28 million on shootout coaches or lessons. In the meantime, CHB readers offered up their suggestions on...Click here to read more.
Category: CHB Top 10
The Vancouver Canucks continued their long road trip with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Devils in New Jersey. Once again, it was the battle of former teammates as Roberto Luongo faced off against Cory Schneider (figuratively and not literally), giving me yet another opportunity to post my latest Canucks music video. But I digress. After overtime had concluded, the cameras caught John Tortorella, referee Wes McCauley, and a few Canucks players sharing a chuckle as Torts handed over his shootout line-up. We will likely never know what exactly they were all giggling about, but it’s sure fun to speculate....Click here to read more.
Roberto Luongo picked up his first shutout of the young NHL season last night in a 3-0 win over the Sabres in Buffalo. Luongo played a solid game while getting some help from the crossbar and post, and Ryan Stanton in two different situations in the third period. Regardless, it was great to see Bobby Lu get the goose egg after an uneven start to the year. While not privy to the post-game congratulatory handshakes and head butts, it’s still fun to imagine what Luongo was saying to his teammates after the game. So here’s CHB’s Top 10 Things that...Click here to read more.
I was blessed to be at all three of the Canucks home games this week. Although the team only picked up two out of a possible six points, I was fortunate to be in the arena to witness three big games: Cory Schneider’s return with the Devils on Tuesday, our rival San Jose Sharks on Thursday, and the popular Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Thursday in particular was a very memorable day for me as I was able to accompany friend of the blog Marie Hui as she sang the national anthems. I hung out with her in the dressing room...Click here to read more.
I love me a good haiku. Perhaps it’s my half-Japanese heritage (Imoo is a Japanese name if you’re wondering; my other half is Chinese). Perhaps it’s because I’m lazy and a haiku – with its 17 syllables – is one of the shortest poems in existence. Or maybe it’s because my Ultimate Canucks Haiku video on YouTube (with over 30,000 views) helped me win some nice swag in the Ultimate Canucks Search contest back in 2007 (I’ve included the video at the bottom of this post). Anyway, back to the syllables. A proper haiku follows the form of 5-7-5. That...Click here to read more.
As a hockey fan and musician, I enjoy seeing the two worlds come together. At a hockey game, it starts with the warm-up music followed by the national anthems. There’s music in between plays (whether live or recorded) and music at the intermission. Away from the rink you can find hundreds of hockey-themed music videos on YouTube. And I’ve been known to put a few hockey compositions together, whether it’s a Christmas Carol, a song from a musical, a classic rock anthem, or an R & B song about our new head coach. By the way: my new Canucks song...Click here to read more.
There was much anticipation for last night’s meeting between the Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers for one obvious reason: the first showdown between head coaches John Tortorella and Alain Vigneault since taking over as new bench bosses of their respective clubs. Despite it being a preseason game, there was an undeniable buzz in the city, in the arena, and of course, on Twitter. Thus, after the Canucks 5-0 win, I put a simple question out to the fans: “Why is Torts a better coach for the Canucks (right now) than AV?” A couple of quick notes: I would have...Click here to read more.
In an effort to create more offense (or in an effort to maintain his reputation as a chronic line juggler), Canucks’ coach Alain Vigneault made news by putting Ryan Kesler on the wing alongside recently-acquired centreman Derek Roy in practice. While I was looking forward to seeing them play together, many Canucks fans were up in arms at the move, citing Kesler’s preference to play in the middle and the potential of unbalanced forward lines (from a scoring perspective). By game time, all was right with the world as Kesler took his centre position back while Roy was the one...Click here to read more.