Dec 162013


The SFU Men’s Hockey Team hosts the Great Northwest Showcase at Bill Copeland Sports Centre on January 3rd and 4th. After playing host to the University of Oklahoma and Arizona State last year, SFU set their sights higher for 2014, inviting NCAA Division One schools Princeton and the University of North Dakota. With so much top-tier talent on the ice, we’re here to introduce you to the players you’ll want to keep your eye on.

University of North Dakota

UND is the cream of the crop when it comes to NCAA hockey. Since their program started in 1946 they’ve won seven NCAA Div One Championships. They currently have 15 pro prospects on their roster and their alumni list contains several NHLers including Zach Parise, Jonathan Toews, and Garry Valk.

Rocco Grimaldirocco-grimaldi

After being drafted 33rd overall by Flordia in 2011, Grimaldi joined the USA’s Gold Medal team in the 2013 World Juniors, scoring twice in the tournament, including the game winner in the championship game vs. Sweden. He currently leads UND in goals, assists, and overall points (6-10-16) after 17 games.

Jordan Schmaltz

Jordan SchmaltzSchmaltz was drafted 25th overall in the 2012 NHL draft by St. Louis. In his rookie year at UND he played in all 42 games, more than any other WCHA rookie defensemen, recording 12 points. Now in his second year with the team, Schmalz has 9 points in 16 games.

Wade Murphy

Freshman winger, Wade Murphy was drafted by Nashville in the seventh round of the 2013 draft. Prior to that, the Victoria native played in the BCHL for the Victoria Grizzlies and Penticton Vees. In his final BCHL season he led Penticton in points (70) and earned his second-straight All-Star Team nod.

Adam Tambellini

As the son of Steve Tambellini, freshman Adam has quite the family pedigree. He was drafted in the third round by the Rangers in 2013, but before that he was playing right here in the lower mainland, for the Surrey Eagles. He recorded 14 goals and 13 assists in just 16 regular season games with the Eagles in 2013, before leading the team with 10 goals in 17 playoff games, going on to win the 2013 BCHL Championship.

Princeton University Tigers

The Ivy League school completes in the ECAC conference, winning its conference championship twice. The school has three current NHL alumni:  Jeff Halpern, George Parros, and Kevin Westgarth.

Tom Kroshus

The Calgary native played for the Westside Warriors of the BCHL before joining the Princeton Tigers. During the 2010-11 season he led Warrior defensemen in goals with 13.

Marlon Sabo

The Surrey native and Princeton freshman played in the BCHL for three years, most recently with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, who won the 2013 Island Division Championship.

Kevin RossKevin Ross

The senior defenseman and Princeton’s assistant captain hails from Cranbook, BC and spent three years with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, winning the team’s top defenseman award all three seasons. He is currently studying civil engineering at Princeton, where he’s been named to the ECAC All-Academic Team for three straight years.

Sean Bonar

Another engineering student, the Delta native has also been named to the ECAC All-Academic Team for three straight years. The senior has a .877 Sv% and a 3.89 GAA. Before attending Princeton, Bonar spent two seasons with the BCHL Penticton Vees.

Don’t Forget About the Local Talent!

captain1Of course, your local teams aren’t short on talent either. Notable players for SFU include local boys Tyler Mah and Jono Ceci, as well as former NCAA athletes Aaron Enns, Nick Sandor, and Jared Eng, who also represented Canada at the IIHF World Inline Hockey Championships in 2013.

The UBC Thunderbirds of the CIS return to the Showcase after going undefeated in 2013. Players include former Surrey Eagle, Linden Saip, and former Vancouver Giant, Neil Manning.

Want to join me at the Showcase? Visit for more information and to buy tickets. Use the code 2014GNS and get 20% off your tickets. 

Sep 092013
Derek Macdonald of the Orchid Highway

Derek Macdonald of the Orchid Highway

Join us on September 20th and 21st as we support the Vancouver Table Hockey Extravaganza, hosted by Pucked in the Head  in Robson Square.

Now, you may be asking yourself, why table hockey? Excellent question, reader. As event organizer, Andrew Delbaere explained, there is a very real social aspect to table hockey. While video games can still be solo endeavours, table games can bring almost anyone out of their shell.

Looking for a fun ad social event, Jason Kurylo was inspired to launch his Table Hockey Extravaganza by Canada’s own Five Hole for Food, using sport to do some good.

The two-day event will attempt to break the World Record for the longest table hockey game ( 30 hours!) while aiming to raise $30 000 for Canuck Place and Five Hole for Food. If you’re not great with math, that’s $1000 for every hour of table hockey our record breakers play.

There will be eight participants playing for the record on four tables,  including Jason Kurylo Chris, Withers, Dr. Rob Tarzwell, Richard Loat, Brent Corba, and Russell Arbuthnot. The Guinness folks don’t allow for any subs, so these boys will be spending all 30 hours on their feet , attempting to breaking the current record of 26 hours and 16 minutes held by another eight-man group from the Czech Republic.

The festivities start Friday afternoon at 12:30 when Whitecaps anthem singer (and friend of the blog), Marie Hui will lead the crowd in Oh Canada before the official start of the World Record attempt at 1pm. This will be followed by a media challenge mini-tournament at 2pm and a social media maxi-tournament at 6pm.

Kevin Bieksa is just one of the Vancouver Canucks who have signed part of the tournament grand prize. Register for $25 and you could walk away with a Stiga tournament-grade table hockey game! Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

Kevin Bieksa is just one of the Vancouver Canucks who have signed part of the tournament grand prize, a Stiga tournament-grade table hockey game! Photo by Jason Kurylo for Pucked in the Head.

Not only are you invited to come watch this historic attempt, you can even participate. Registration is still open for Saturday’s 1pm tournament. All registrants will get to play at least five games before playoffs start and will go home with an awesome goodie bag. Plus, the winner receives bragging rights for years to come.

Register now to join in on the fun.

Can’t commit to a whole tournament? Try to beat the pros instead. The Vancouver Table Hockey Club will be on hand to take on any willing challengers. Now, I need to warn you, these guys are pretty darn good, but there are prizes to be won for anyone who can beat the best.

So what do you say, will we see you in Robson Square?

Apr 022013

If there is one thing that we at CHB love to do, it’s to have good times with good people. We’ve held tweetups, group games, and for those of you old enough – drunk-ups (even if J.J. doesn’t remember them)!

no5 Garrison

no5 Garrison – courtesy of Jay Jones

With us filming our next episode of CHB TV this Sunday, we’re breaking out of our usual confines at the Hog Shack Cook House in Steveston and will be heading to the Donnelly Group’s Library Square Public House, centrally located in downtown Vancouver. What’s so exciting about this you ask?

And we want you all to join us! (assuming you’re of legal drinking age of course)

Now if having us make you famous with CHB TV isn’t enough to draw you out, our friends at the Donnelly Group are looking to provide a good time for all with a number of specials just for us, including the showcase of some Canuck-themed beverages – the no5 Garrison above and a few more that Jay Jones, the Executive Bartender & Brand Ambassador for the Donnelly Group, can whip up.

You’re interested aren’t you? Here are the deets:

Where: Library Square Public House, 300 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC
When: Sunday, April 7th, 2013 – 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM (filming starts at 2:00 PM)
Who: You – our readers and tweeps (of legal drinking age)

Now sure there isn’t a Canuck game on Sunday, but that shouldn’t stop us all getting together to talk puck over a beverage or two with your favourite CHBers. And answer questions like – did Gillis do enough on Wednesday’s trade deadline? Or an even more pertinent question on all of our minds – has the “window” closed?

Mind-blowing stuff for sure! Thankfully there will be beverages to help us handle it all.

We hope to see you all there!

Dec 312011
Chicago Wolves

Every year when the Canucks’ affiliate comes to town, CHB gets a group together to check out the prospects. Of course for years, we watched the Moose; this year we get our first look at the Chicago Wolves.

When the Wolves come to town in a few weeks to play against the Abbotsford Heat. I want to get a group of people to head out to Abbotsford and watch the Canucks prospects hard at work. When we went last year, the crowd was a solid 50/50 split of Moose and Heat fans. Every time we started a “Go Moose Go” chant it was countered by a “Go Heat Go” chant. The game was a blast – there’s nothing quite the same as watching the prospects give it their all to get noticed by the big team.

The games versus the Canucks’ AHL affiliates are some of the few that the Heat sell out all season – and they’re definitely a good time.


When: Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 (there’s no Canucks game that night) at 7:00 PM
Where: Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Center
What: Chicago Wolves vs Abbotsford Heat
Tickets: Tickets are $25 each if we get a group of 10 or more people. We’ll be sitting together and making sure that Canucks (Wolves) Nation is well represented at the game.

Last year we carpooled and groups of us headed out. You can drive to Abbotsford on your own, or let us know if you’d like to organize a carpool. If anyone’s up for it, we can also meet up and get together for a group dinner at the restaurant across from the arena.

Are you in? Send me an email at [email protected] and we can reserve a spot for you.

Jun 032010

Some of you may have noticed my absence from the blog lately, and it’s because there’s something very exciting in the works. I’m organizing an event called Five Hole for Food. I’m driving from Montreal to Vancouver playing road hockey in the two aforementioned cities as well as Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton and Victoria, raising food for local food banks.

The trip spans nine cities in eleven days and sees us start in Montreal on June 29th and ending in Vancouver on July 9th. We’re proudly backed by Molson Canadian as our presenting sponsor and Boston Pizza and I couldn’t be more excited to be playing hockey across this beautiful country.

As we go from city to city we’re looking for people to play and with that in mind if you’re a reader of this blog in any of the cities we’re visiting I would love to meet you and have you play in our game.

As a neat addition and extra Canucks twist we’re very proud to have partnered with “King” Richard Brodeur as a celebrity ambassador of our event and couldn’t be more excited, and humbled, to have the Canucks legend not only support our event but be a part of our team!

You can follow us on Twitter at @FiveHoleForFood
Check us out on Facebook at
We’ll be on Youtube at

Apr 262010

As reported by the Vancouver Observer, City Hall has announced tomorrow, April 27th 2010, as “Canucks Day”!

The media is being invited tomorrow to join Mayor Robertson and Council, Canucks Sports and Entertainment owner Francesco Aquilini, President and General Manager Mike Gillis and Chief Operating Officer Victor de Bonis to an event commemorating the day.

The Mayor will read a proclamation for Canucks Day, and the Canucks flag will be raised for the day at City Hall. The Canucks mascot, Fin, will hand out white towels to help the public cheer on the city’s home team.

As if Canuck fever needed anything more to propel it, I hope someone takes the time to head down to City Hall and take some pictures. It’s an off day before the Canucks second round date in the Stanley Cup Finals so have fun, wear your colours loud and proud, and Go Canucks Go!

Feb 202010

I love hockey, we all love hockey, and since the weather is gorgeous and the world is in town for a couple weeks why not show them some real Canadian spirit and play some road hockey right? And while we’re at it, where else to play other than right outside the mother of all hockey venues, the Molson Canadian Hockey House. It should be a blast so tell your friends and hopefully we get a large crowd together to watch us all play!

Who: Us, and you if you want to play!
What: Red vs White Team Canada road hockey game
Where: Outside the Molson Canadian Hockey House in Concord Pacific Place. You can get there by getting off the Skytrain at the Canada Hockey Place stop.
When: Tuesday February 23rd from 12 noon – 4PM Thursday February 25th from 3:30 – 6pm

If you want to play leave a comment here and we’ll get back to you, and if you don’t come on by and watch. Heck, if you’re nearby for work, and on your lunch break come watch for a bit. It promises to be a fun lead up to the hockey games that afternoon!

GO Canada GO!

Jan 202010

Hey guys,

The next Canucks tweetup has a date and a time and I’m hoping you can all make it out! You don’t have to be on Twitter to come, but if you are it’s even better!

Who: You!
What: Canucks vs Blues
Where: The Lamplighter (210 Abbott St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2K8)
When: January 27th 2010 at 630 PM

Why: Because you love the Canucks and want to meet more awesome Canucks fans! Right? You do love the Canucks? If not, you need to start. Like now. Well actually about 30 seconds ago. You get the point.

Come meet the Canucks Fanzone Bloggers from and and Canucks fans from Facebook and Twitter as we all get together as the online world meets the real world to cheer on the Canucks and put names to faces!

Your laptops are welcome if you want to tweet, live blog or whatever else, and we encourage pictures! Take twitpics, pictures for your blog, for your site, to send to, whatever have you. We’re breaking down the barrier between the fans and the team and we want to connect as many Canucks fans as possible.

There’s going to be great prizes from signed pucks to shirts, calendars to bags, lots of cool stuff and there’s always great people to meet. Stay tuned for more info but last time we even gave away tickets to the game.

If you’re coming, or even if you’re not, leave an RSVP here so we know you at least want to come. If nothing else, leave a comment telling us how much you love the Canucks. We all love to see Canucks love!

Dec 092009

I’ve never tried to arrange a group game on this site before, but I managed to secure group tickets to a couple of games in January and I thought it would be fun to get a bunch of us to go together to these games.

Here are the details:

Vancouver Canucks vs. Buffalo Sabres
Monday, January 25, 2010
Section 314, Rows 14 and 15 (upper bowl ends where the Canucks shoot twice)

Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Section 317, Rows 13 and 14 (no alcohol section, upper bowl corners where the Canucks shoot twice)

I have 20 tickets to each of these games; the cost is $120 per pair (including all taxes and service charges).

Send an email to [email protected] if you want to join us.


Dec 082009

The Vancouver Canucks and the Canucks Fan Zone are hosting another Tweet-up this Thursday, December 10 at The Players Chophouse:

Come down to the Players Chophouse on December 10 to watch the Canucks take on the Atlanta Thrashers and enjoy the evening with other Canucks fans. There will be great prizes and trivia PLUS one lucky fan will win tickets to the game that night!

That’s right, anyone at the Players Chophouse for the Tweet-up by 6:30 p.m. that night will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the game.

Join us at the Players Chophouse Dec. 10 for the Official Canucks Tweet-up!

This should be a good time – make sure to come out if you get a chance!

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