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2013/2014 NHL Season Preview: Atlantic Division

2013/2014 NHL Season Preview: Atlantic Division

On the eve of the start of the 2013/2014 NHL regular season, I preview the 30 teams, one division at a time. Photo credit: Sportsnet Boston Bruins The Good It’s scary to think, but the Bruins, which made the Stanley Cup Finals last year, may have added some more pop to their offense. Not only is their core is largely intact, with David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron coming off healthy seasons, but the B’s also replaced the injury-prone, Nathan Horton, with 25+ goals winger, Loui Eriksson, and 41-year old Jaromir Jagr with a slightly-younger but extremely-motivated Jarome Iginla. The Bad...

Bandaid Booth – September 22, 2013

Bandaid Booth – September 22, 2013

In the fifth episode of C4, Chris and Clay are joined by Matt Lee (again) and discuss the Canucks preseason so far, who might make the final roster for the start of the season, the Kassian suspension – including the reaction of Canucks and Oilers fans – and much, much more. And yes, we’ve got more haiku! Bandaid Booth – September 22, 2013

CHB’s Top 10 Reasons Why Torts is a Better Coach for the Canucks (Right Now) Than AV

CHB’s Top 10 Reasons Why Torts is a Better Coach for the Canucks (Right Now) Than AV

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...

Things That Make You Go Hmmm:  Training Camp Edition

Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Training Camp Edition

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...

#AskCHB: Did the Canucks do enough?

#AskCHB: Did the Canucks do enough?

[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...

Help Support a Table Hockey Extravaganza

Help Support a Table Hockey Extravaganza

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....

Douglas Lee is a Beast – September 2, 2013

Douglas Lee is a Beast – September 2, 2013

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

Call A Plumber, These Pipes Are About To Burst – July 27, 2013

Call A Plumber, These Pipes Are About To Burst – July 27, 2013

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

Pavel Bure’s Number to be Raised to the Rafters

Pavel Bure’s Number to be Raised to the Rafters

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...

Five Hole for Food: The Home Stretch

Five Hole for Food: The Home Stretch

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.

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