Richard and I had the privilege of attending a media preview of the Molson Canadian Hockey House yesterday. The Cathedral of Hockey, as Molson has dubbed it, came as advertised. On one side of the MCHH, there were big bars, lounge-style seating, a concert stage, a few bubble hockey tables and plenty of big, HD TVs. A more private side – reserved for VIPs, players and their families – featured the same (minus the concert stage and bubble hockey). As you can see from the photos, they spared no expense in putting the place together. Those fortunate enough to get...Click here to read more.
Tracy and I took Mia to Holland Park in Surrey last night to watch the torch relay and the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. As we took in the festivities, the community spirit was hard to ignore. There were 15,000 people in the park and about just as many Canadian and BC flags waving in the air (Surrey Leader). There were multiple numbers, including a heartfelt welcome by a council member from the Semiahmoo First Nation, dance performances choreographed by Princess Margaret alum Kelly Konno, and a musical number written by Doug Johnson from Loverboy and sung by the Surrey...Click here to read more.
In only a couple of hours, Steve Yzerman and Hockey Canada are set to announce Team Canada’s roster for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Starting at 8:30 AM, join us in an open chat about the roster announcement. Team Canada Roster Announcement ChatClick here to read more.
The Canucks had 4 players considered potential Olympian members of Team Sweden’s national hockey team when the world comes to Vancouver for in 2010. Henrik and Daniel Sedin were locks for the team, Edler has emerged as a top defenceman in the NHL and was considered to be one of the blue liners for the yellow and blue, and Samuelsson who already has an Olympic Gold medal to his name was the fourth Canuck who was likely to represent Sweden in the Olympics. After Sweden announced their roster this morning Canuck nation was a little riled up that blonde haired,...Click here to read more.
[update: 12/30/2009, 11:44 AM] Congratulations to A-Roc for guessing ALL 23 Team Canada players! Pretty damn impressive. We’ll send him the signed Ryan Kesler photo and the 2010 Men’s Olympic Hockey Team Guide. ***** Photo credit: Zimbio Team Sweden released their 2010 Olympic roster today, and to no one’s surprise, Henrik and Daniel Sedin were named to the team Former Canuck Mattias Ohlund is on the roster as well; current Canuck Mikael Samuelsson isn’t. Other Canucks still being considered to represent their respective countries include: Roberto Luongo (Canada), Ryan Kesler (USA), Christian Ehrhoff (Germany) and Sami Salo (Finland). (I’m not...Click here to read more.
The Canucks head out on an Eastern road trip and their first stop is going to be in the Devils’ den against Martin Brodeur. A lot of people think, myself included, that that game is going to be a really good indicator of where both goalies are at, and also which is the better goalie. The debate over who is starter is starting to heat up, in part because of the Olympics nearing but also because this game is going to showcase two of the best goaltenders in the league auditioning for the starting role at the 2010 Olympics in...Click here to read more.
With 6 months left until the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Icethetics has what is apparently a leaked preview of Team Canada’s new jersey. Here’s the red (dark) jersey: And the white one: Personally, I like the classic retro look. For those wondering about the Maple Leaf crest, there’s First Nations art in the middle of it. For those unfamiliar with why Team Canada had to come up with a new jersey logo for the Games, the background is here.Click here to read more.
Not surprisingly, Roberto Luongo was named today to Team Canada’s 2010 Orientation Camp. Here is the complete camp roster (via Hockey Canada): Goaltenders Martin Brodeur (Montreal, Que./New Jersey, NHL) Marc-André Fleury (Sorel, Que./Pittsburgh, NHL) Roberto Luongo (Montreal, Que./Vancouver, NHL) Steve Mason (Oakville, Ont./Columbus, NHL) Cam Ward (Sherwood Park, Alta./Carolina, NHL) Defensemen François Beauchemin (Sorel, Que./Anaheim, NHL) Jay Bouwmeester (Edmonton, Alta./Calgary, NHL) Dan Boyle (Ottawa, Ont./San Jose, NHL) Brent Burns (Ajax, Ont./Minnesota, NHL) Drew Doughty (London, Ont./Los Angeles, NHL) Mike Green (Calgary, Alta./Washington, NHL) Dan Hamhuis (Smithers, B.C./Nashville, NHL) Duncan Keith (Penticton, B.C./Chicago, NHL) Scott Niedermayer (Cranbrook, B.C./Anaheim, NHL) Dion Phaneuf...Click here to read more.
Ryan Kesler continues to get recognition for his breakout season. Fresh from his first Selke nomination as the NHL’s best defensive forward, he was named today to Team USA’s orientation camp roster. Among the forwards, Kesler joins guys like Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, Patrick Kane and Phil Kessel – not a bad group to be associated with. The rest of the roster is here. Incidentally, David Backes was named to the roster as well. Maybe Kes will get a chance to say “hi” to Kelly in person.Click here to read more.