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...Click here to read more.
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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...Click here to read more.
Looks like it’s Schneider time (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Canucks notebook: Sanford sits out (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) ‘I’m ahead of schedule,’ says Luongo (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Canucks shoot… they don’t score (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Kesler, Burrows need goals (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) O’Brien trying to stay out of penalty box (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Hurt Lu hurts, but Wellwood makes it well (Guts Mactavish, 24 Hours Vancouver) Vancouver Canucks’ performance looks very familiar (Jeff Patterson, Georgia Straight) Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.
Canucks go from toast of the town to just toast (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Canucks drop third straight to Blue Jackets (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Canucks down to one healthy goalie (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Now a bad back, just Sanford’s luck (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Controversial autograph-signing session hounds Burrows (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) The faceoff: Luck has nothing to do with it (Yvonne Zacharias, Vancouver Sun) Kesler won’t forgive Umberger (Faceoff.com) First taste of the show (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun) Chat with coach spurs to snap six-game drought (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun) Mason saves the day (Aaron Portzline,...Click here to read more.
Schneider impressive, Sundin rumours heat up (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver) Canucks look for their sting (Bob Mackin, 24 Hours Vancouver) Marblehead’s Schneider stops 28 shots in NHL debut for Canucks (Phil Stacey, Salem News) Schneider earns second star in NHL debut (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun) Arniel’s focus on winning, not NHL (Scott Taylor, National Post) Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.