Oct 162009

I’m heading into enemy territory today to watch our Boys in Blue take on the Flames. The game’s going to be largely decided in the first period. Or rather, the Canucks control their own destiny in this game.

The key to the Canucks game is making it through the first period. In Dallas they almost got caught finding their legs after a series of early penalties that started early in with Bieksa taking a seat just 30 seconds into the game. It’s not a matter of IF the Canucks take the first 20 to find their legs, but more so a matter of will they use the whole 20 minutes. The Canucks are consistently inconsistant and it would surprise me if after this long break which seemed like a second off season, the Canucks came out flying and all cylinders flying with no hiccups.

If they can get out of the first in a better position than when they played the Flames in the first game of the season then the playing field is level and the game is theirs to win. The Flames are coming off a regulation loss to the Stars, an OT Loss to the Blackhawks which saw the largest comeback in NHL History, and a 2-1 loss to the Blue Jackets just a few days ago. They’re hungry for a victory after starting the season 4-0 and the Canucks need to be ready for that. The Flames have also mixed up their lines putting Glencross and Conroy on the top line with Iginla. Bieksa and Mitchell have been reunited as the shut down pair for the Flames first line and they’re out to have a better showing than the first game of the season.

The Canucks will be looking to see the offensive streaks of Henrik, Samuelsson, Kesler and Ehrhoff continue as all players are averaging, albeit early in the season, a point per game or better, the surprise in that group being new Canucks blue liner Christian Ehrhoff.

I’m on a plane and if this works it’ll be my first blog written and posted from my Blackberry. Go Canucks!

Oct 132009
Bob Nicholson and Stan Smyl launch the Molsan Canadian Hockey House

Photo credit: John Bollwitt

When the world comes to Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic Games, Canadians from coast to coast to coast are going to be focusing their unofficial religion, hockey. On that note, Molson Canada has partnered up with the International Ice Hockey Federation to bring the mens and womens hockey teams, their families and fans together in the Molson Canadian Hockey House, which is going to reside the largest ever free standing structure ever built in Canada.

I had the honor of being at the unveiling and press conference of the Molson Canadian Hockey house. There to help kick things off were Stan Smyl, Canucks beloved number 12, and president of Hockey Canada Bob Nicholson, and many others who have been involved in this project since the 2006 Turin Olympics. The unveiling included a virtual fly-through which has me really excited for this venue to finally open – click here to see it.

It’s easy to see why the Molson Canadian Hockey House will be the place to be – and be seen – during the Olympic Games. For starters, it is located only 300 meters away from GM Place and only 500 meters from BC Place – right in the heart of the Games. It will feature a players and families lounge, a meal area seating for 300 people with catering from world renowned chef Wolfgang Puck and his staff. Of course, all drinks will be taken care of by none other than Molson themselves. Imagine having a beer and watching an Olympic hockey game with some of you favorite players.

It will also play host to the largest and best facility to watch Olympic hockey (besides being inside GM Place of course). It is a state of the art venue with 40-foot floor-to-ceiling screens where players and hockey fans can watch live feeds of all hockey games and other Olympic events. There will be live entertainment and fans with passes will get a chance to interact with hockey players and alumni.

This experience comes at a cost – a minimum of $500 per day to be precise – but the experience the Molson Canadian Hockey House promises is priceless. You’ll get to watch the game on screens where the players are practically life-size. And you’ll get to cheer on Team Canada with thousands of fellow hockey fans. If you haven’t been able to get tickets to any hockey games yet, this is going to be the next best thing… and the atmosphere will be just as electric.

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