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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.

Suns Out, Guns Out – July 13, 2013

Suns Out, Guns Out – July 13, 2013

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

Canucks Free Agent Targets

Canucks Free Agent Targets

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...

Five Hole for Food 2013: Canada, will you play hockey for food?

Five Hole for Food 2013: Canada, will you play hockey for food?

We’re in St. John’s, Newfoundland, set to embark on our 4th Annual Five Hole for Food Summer Tour. Thinking about the last four years, time sure has flown by. From our humble beginnings in 2010 to our 133,000LBS tour total in 2012, Five Hole for Food is bursting with possibility and potential for this 2013 tour – and the puck drops this afternoon. Once again, we’re traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast, stopping in 13 cities across Canada and raising food donations and funds for 13 different food banks. Our goal this year? 250,000 lbs. of food....

Podcasting from the Smylosphere – June 30, 2013

Podcasting from the Smylosphere – June 30, 2013

While we at CHB have had a video podcast (CHB TV for those who didn’t know) for some time now, we’ve received a piece of recurring feedback – we’re awesome and sure know a lot about the Canucks. Well, there’s that and something about a few of us having fantastic voices for radio. So thinking this through a bit, we decided it was about time to put together our own Canucks podcast. So here it is – Chris and Clay’s Canucks Commentary from Canucks Hockey Blog. Too long of a title you say? Then no problem. We’ll call it C4...

Canucks Song: Under John Tortorella (Parody of Rihanna’s “Umbrella”) with Marie Hui

Canucks Song: Under John Tortorella (Parody of Rihanna’s “Umbrella”) with Marie Hui

My new Canucks song is a tribute to John Tortorella – the brand new head coach of the Vancouver Canucks.  He brings with him passion, a wealth of experience, and a Stanley Cup ring. This song features the amazing Marie Hui and my son Sean doing some background vocals (along with camera work and holding up cue cards…haha).   I was happy that I got in Torts’ famous line from his first press conference in Vancouver: “If you’re a good loser, you’re a loser.”

NHL Entry Draft 2013: Who do the Canucks pick at no. 24?

NHL Entry Draft 2013: Who do the Canucks pick at no. 24?

Photo credit: National Post Can anyone say the Vancouver Canucks have a prospect who can be legitimately considered a blue-chipper? Jordan Schroeder, Nicklas Jensen, and Brendan Gaunce are all nice to look at, but none can be considered the crowned jewel of their system. You’d have to go all the way back to Cody Hodgson’s shining performance at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships for that. The 2013 NHL Entry Draft has been touted as one of the deeper drafts in recent memory, so the Canucks would be wise to target a prospect who’s both a safe bet to play...

Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Torts As Possible Canucks Coach

Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Torts As Possible Canucks Coach

If you believe the internet (and who doesn’t?) then you believe John Tortorella will be the next coach of the Vancouver Canucks. The opinions on this potential move vary from ‘worst decision ever’ to ‘might possibly work’. But I’m yet to find someone who thinks it’s the perfect fit. There are a lot of reasons for that. Mostly it comes down to the fact that the man who coached the New York Rangers appeared to be a ranting lunatic. He yelled at players, he benched stars and loved to openly hate the media. Do you honestly see Ryan Kesler taking...

CHB TV: Out of the Playoffs Edition

CHB TV: Out of the Playoffs Edition

In the 8th episode of CHB TV, Clay, J.J., Ed, and I drown our sorrows while breaking down the Canucks early exit. We also chat about our thoughts on the coaching situation… well… the fact there isn’t a coach let alone the situation. I may have also been pretty darn depressed. Notice – sorry for the Game of Thrones spoilers at the very end!

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