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.
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Arsenio Hall is back on TV with his talk show, so I guess it’s appropriate that we bring back this Arsenio-inspired feature on CHB. This past weekend, I was at two of the three Vancouver Canucks “Open Scrimmages”. I’ve put a few thoughts together from my observations in this Training Camp edition of Things That Make You Go Hmmm. Who Will Be Our 6th D-Man? First off, I realize that you can only glean so much from a few low-impact training camp scrimmages. And as coach John Tortorella has pointed out already, the proof in the pre-season pudding will be...Click here to read more.
[The Vancouver Canucks enter this season facing more questions than they have in recent years. In this preseason series, we’ll try and answer a few of them.] Photo credit: PNG It’s hard to believe that training camp is upon us, and the Canucks take to the ice in a preseason tilt against the San Jose Sharks only a week from now. Much has happened since the Canucks got swept by those same Sharks a short four months ago. GM Mike Gillis fired coaches Alain Vigneault, Rick Bowness and Newell Brown. He hired John Tortorella, Mike Sullivan and former Stars head...Click here to read more.
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....Click here to read more.
In the fourth episode of C4, Chris and Clay are joined by Matt Lee and talk about Roberto Luongo (as always), the Canadian Olympic Team, the upcoming prospects camp and share their thoughts on how the Canucks are shaping up for the season. And there are even more haiku! Douglas Lee is a Beast – September 2, 2013 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.
In the third episode of C4, Chris and Clay share their thoughts on the Canucks season ticket holder summer summit, discuss the announcement that Pavel Bure’s jersey is going to be retired, more Roberto Luongo, and another wicked haiku. Call A Plumber, These Pipes Are About To Burst – July 27, 2013 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.
When Pavel Bure returned to Vancouver last season and took in a Canucks game, the response from fans was overwhelmingly positive. Whatever damage was done when Pavel abruptly held out and demanded a trade out of Vancouver was forgotten. Whatever sins he committed to the city was instantly forgiven. The people have spoken – they want the most exciting, most dynamic, and first real superstar player this franchise has ever had to have his number retired. The Canucks listened, and tonight, they made it official – this season, Pavel’s no. 10 will be raised to the rafters. I don’t think...Click here to read more.
After two weeks of driving across Canada and with more than 100,000 lbs. of food raised to date for local food banks, Five Hole for Food is back in BC. Richard and the gang are at Saanich Plaza in Victoria on Friday, July 19th, before winding up the tour on Granville Street in Vancouver on Saturday, July 20th. Bring a stick, your food donation… and play hockey for food. Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.
In the second episode of C4, Chris and Clay talk about the Canucks prospects camp, the 2014 Heritage Classic game against the Ottawa Senators, Ilya Kovalchuk passing up millions and millions of dollars, and Clay provides us a wicked haiku. Suns Out, Guns Out – July 13, 2013 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Like this:Like Loading…Click here to read more.
Photo credit: Vancouver Province Still yet to re-sign Chris Tanev and already short on salary cap space, don’t expect the Vancouver Canucks to make any splashes tomorrow morning. This won’t be like free agent frenzies of the past, meaning anyone expecting to sign players of the Dan Hamhuis or Jason Garrison ilk can keep dreaming. That means you can write off Jarome Iginla, Nathan Horton, and Mike Ribeiro. Instead, Mike Gillis and the management team would be best served finding diamonds in the rough; players who come at a low salary and term and be excellent stop gaps while the...Click here to read more.