Dec 042013
 

As a generous group of fans, us here at CHB started to think of a way to give back to our loyal readers, listeners, and viewers and wondered what we could do to help up the ante a little? I mean, it is the holiday season and all.

Well, our good friends at the Vancouver Canucks offered to help us out in the endeavour and proposed a wickedly awesome idea – lets put someone and their friend into a suite for a game!

View from the 500 Level at Rogers Arena

View from the 500 Level


That’s right! We’re giving away a pair of prime 500 Level tickets to the Canucks vs. Jets on December 22nd! You and a friend – if you’re the lucky winner – will join a few of us from CHB as we enjoy a visit from the Winnipeg Jets from a suite in the 500 level (way, way up!). How good is that?

So how do you enter to win? Simple.

Listen to our most recent episode of our C4CHB podcast “Send ‘Em to Utica!” and answer the following question:

  • The boys and Nicole van Zanten talk about certain fan bases and their rivalries with Canucks fans on Twitter. What two fan bases does Nicole specifically compare during the podcast? For one entry, submit your answer in the form below (make sure you include a valid email address so we can contact the winner).
  • For a bonus entry – take a picture of yourself in an ugly Christmas sweater and Tweet the following (ensure you include your Twitter handle in your entry): I listened to win #Canucks tix from @canuckshockey and @VanCanucks http://nucks.co/8y #uglysweater #C4CHB pic.twitter.com/XXXXXXXXXX

We will randomly draw the winner at 1:00 PM Tuesday, December 10th so make sure your entries are in before that. The winner will win one (1) pair of 500 level suite tickets to the Sunday, December 22nd Canucks game versus the Winnipeg Jets. You must be able to pick up the tickets at Will Call at Rogers Arena.

You don’t have much time. What are you waiting for?

Contest Closed – thank you for all the entries! Congratulations go to Andrea Yeung (@andrea_yeung) who had her name selected and correctly said the two teams Nicole compared were the Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators.

May 032013
 

Who wants to win some Canucks tickets? Well, lets play a game, shall we?

Vancouver Canucks "This is What We Live For"

Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com


Rules are simple, you solve the puzzle, you have a shot at the Canucks tickets. Feel like testing some of your Canucks knowledge? It isn’t going to be easy! Have at’er and let me know what you come up with!

Ready?

Step 1: Lets crunch some numbers.

Quick example of how this is going to work – If I gave you the clue: “You take Mario Bliznak, and take away Dan Hamhuis. Next, throw in Rob Davison.” Then your answer would be 604. Mario Bliznak (62) take away Hamhuis (2) is equal to 60. The answers to each of the clues in the following bullets is a number. Do you follow?

First, lets play with some jersey numbers, shall we?:

  • Divide Alex Burrows in two.
  • What number did Gary Lupul, Dan Quinn and Barry Pederson have in common?
  • Imagine Trevor Linden being half the man he is.
  • Throw in that cheeky best-shootout-goal-ever goal scorer, Marek Malik.
  • Divide Cam Neely into three.
  • Then add together Charlie Hodge, Keith Carney and Pat Quinn.
  • John Arbour and John Schella shared more than a first name.
  • Anyone remember Fred Speck?
  • Oh, and lastly, a current player in the San Jose Sharks organization has a dad that played for the Canucks – what was daddy’s number? (The one he shared with another ex-Canuck, fondly called by some as the “Finnish MacInnis”.)

Step 2: How’s your math?

Write down the numbers in the order you got them. If you’ve figured it out, you might be looking at a phone number. Before you do anything with it, add these ten numbers up.

The number you get should be one of the jersey numbers a former San Jose Shark and former Sedin linemate wore just before he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks.

Who was this player?

Step 3: Text us your answer.

Remember that code you cracked, Mr/Mrs. Da Vinci Code?

Text your answer (from step 2) to that phone number (from step 1) by 3:00 PM today – make sure you include your name or Twitter handle so we know who you are – and you could two lower bowl tickets to tonight’s Game 2 playoff matchup between the Canucks and the San Jose Sharks.

It’s that simple.

And… go!

May 012013
 

Vancouver Canucks "This is What We Live For"

Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com

Is there a more exciting time of year here in beautiful BC than during the Canucks playoffs?

The Canucks are trying to capture your excitement with a microsite – thisiswhatwelivefor.com – where fans can submit photos, videos and other media using Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and use the hashtag #TIWWLF, and then view them in the mosaic on the site.

On the ice, the Canucks will try once again to chase Lord Stanley’s Cup. For those whose disappointing early exit against the Kings are still fresh on their minds, it’s a fresh start and another opportunity to give Canucks fans that elusive Stanley Cup.

Of course, for that to happen, someone has to step up and lead and will this team. Well, everyone has to step up, but someone has to step up higher than everyone else.

And to win a pair of lower bowl tickets to tonight’s playoff Game 1 vs the San Jose Sharks, courtesy of our friends from the Vancouver Canucks, let us know: If a Canucks player were to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, who do you think it will be?

To enter:

  • For one entry: In the comments section of this post, tell us which Canucks player you think will elevate their game the most in these playoffs and win the Conn Smythe Trophy. (Make sure you enter your email address when you log-in so we can contact you if you win.)
  • For a bonus entry – Tweet the following:
    I entered and RT to win #Canucks game 1 playoff tickets at http://nucks.co/6p from @canuckshockey @VanCanucks @lyteforce #TIWWLF #CHB

We will randomly draw the winner at 1:00 PM today so make sure your entries are in before that. The winner will win one (1) pair of lower bowl tickets to tonight’s playoff Game 1 vs. the San Jose Sharks. You must be able to pick up the tickets at Will Call at Rogers Arena.

You don’t have much time. What are you waiting for?

UPDATE: Congratulations to Kurt (@KurtPenner) on winning the pair of tickets to tonight’s game!

Feb 062013
 

Mason Raymond competes in the Vancouver Canucks fastest skater skills competition.

Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com

Have you ever wanted to skate alongside one of your hockey heroes? Well, now you have a chance to do just that.

On BC Family Day, Monday, February 11, 2013, Sun Life Financial is sponsoring “Skate with the Canucks“, a chance for fans to take the ice at Rogers Arena with some current Canucks players and Canucks alumni. Thanks to our friends from the Vancouver Canucks, one CHB reader and a guest can join them.

You can enter in two, very easy ways:

  • In the comments section of this post, let us know which Canucks skater has impressed you the most in the early part of this season.
  • For a bonus entry, tweet the following:
  • I entered and RT to win a spot to Skate with the #Canucks via @canuckshockey @VanCanucks @lyteforce. http://nucks.co/4x #CHB

The deadline to enter is Friday, February 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM. Shortly afterwards, we will randomly select one winner from the entries.

Some notes: The skate session starts at 6:00 PM on Monday, February 11. Skate and helmet rentals are not available so you will have to bring your own. You will also be required to sign a waiver before you step on the ice. At least one member of the 2012/2013 Vancouver Canucks will be on the ice during the event.

Jan 172013
 

If there was one thing clear about the Canucks early exit from the post-season, the lack of secondary scoring and production from the second line was a large issue. So it’s definitely worrisome that Ryan Kesler is still on the mend (with no schedule to return yet) from off-season surgery AND David Booth has encountered a temperamental groin, leaving him on the shelf for four to six weeks.

David Booth and Ryan Kesler

Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnik/Getty Images

So how do you replace two-thirds of your second line for close to a third of the shortened NHL season? This is where you come in.

We want you to tell us what your answer to the Canucks second line woes. If the hockey gods like your answer, we and our friends at the Vancouver Canucks have a pair of tickets to Saturday’s home opener to give to you.

To enter:

  • For one entry: In the comments section of this post, tell us what you would do to plug the holes in the Canucks second line. Maybe it’s a combination of existing players or a deal you pull the trigger on. (Make sure you enter your email address when you log-in so we can contact you if you win.)
  • For a bonus entry – Tweet the following:

I entered and RT to win #Canucks tickets from @canuckshockey @VanCanucks & @lyteforce nucks.co/42 #CHB #OTOW

You have until 6:00 PM on Friday, January 18th to enter. Once the contest closes, we will randomly pick one lucky entrant who will become the proud owner of a pair of upper bowl tickets to the home opener on Saturday, donated by our friends at the Vancouver Canucks. You must be able to pick the tickets from Will Call at Rogers Arena (they will be available after 6pm) prior to puck drop.

You don’t have much time. What are you waiting for?

UPDATE: Congratulations to Shawn Car (@ShawnVanCity) with her comment (and line) of Higgins/Malhotra/Hansen. She’s won the pair of tickets to the game tomorrow night!

May 162012
 

Your Vancouver Canucks may not be making the Stanley Cup Finals this season, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them anyway.

Scotiabank Hockey Club wants to send you and 3 of your friends to see a Stanley Cup Finals game so they’ve brought back their “See Stanley with Lanny” contest.

To enter is simple – click here – and you can win four (4) tickets to a Stanley Cup Finals game (sitting next to Lanny McDonald), airfare, hotel accommodations and $500 spending money. Full details and contest rules are available on Scotia Hockey Club’s contest page. Hurry up though – you have until May 21st to enter.

*****

As a thank you for helping them spread the word about this contest, Scotia Hockey Club has kindly given CHB five (5) Reebok Stanley Cup prize packages to give away to you. Each prize package includes a backpack, T-shirt, hat and hoodie similar to the picture below.

Scotiahockey Seeing Stanley with Lanny, Reebok Stanley Cup Finals prize package

To enter:

  1. In the comments section below, let us know which currently playing NHL’er you’d most love to see hoist the Stanley Cup. (1 entry)
  2. Post the following on Twitter (1 entry):
  3. I entered and RT to win a Stanley Cup Finals prize package from @scotiahockey and @canuckshockey: http://www.nucks.co/2D

We will choose five (5) entries at random on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 12:00 noon so make sure to get your entries in before then.

[Update: 05/18/2012, 1:20 PM]

Congratulations to @thebassman @glassedpickles @MicaKnibbs @MaseyRaymond and Darcy! You’ve each won a Stanley Cup Finals gift package courtesy of Scotia Hockey Club. Email us at [email protected] to claim your prize.

Thanks again to everyone for joining and to Scotia Hockey Club for the gift packages.

Apr 112012
 

Last season’s run to the Stanley Cup Final outlined a number of different players who’s performance dictated the success of the team. Alex Burrows against the Blackhawks. Ryan Kesler against the Predators. Or Kevin Bieksa against the Sharks. We could even say that Luongo’s performance against the Bruins was a difference maker as he shut out the Bruins twice in the Stanley Cup Finals. We discover every playoff series that a player stands out from the rest.

So as we watch the puck drop today in the Western Conference Quarterfinal, who will it be this go-round?

Great Save Luongo

Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnik/Getty Images

In a series where the first goal may dictate the games winner, my money is on the play of Roberto Luongo. While the Kings were ranked 29th in goals for over the season, they were ranked 2nd in goals against – and we’ve all seen that the Canucks have been more focused on the process than they were on offense. And when you mix a little Vigneault with a little Sutter, you’ve got yourself the recipe for a war of attrition.

So who do you think the “difference maker” will be for the Canucks?

If you tell us, we and our friends at the Rosedale on Robson have a pair of Game Two playoff tickets to give away.

To enter:

  • For one entry: In the comments section of this post, tell us which Canucks player you think will be the difference maker in this series. (Make sure you enter your email address when you log-in so we can contact you if you win.)
  • For a bonus entry – Tweet the following:

I entered and RT to win Game 2 #Canucks playoff tickets from @canuckshockey @RosedaleRobson & @lyteforce nucks.co/1Y #CHB

You have until 3:00 PM on Thursday, April 12th to enter. Once the contest closes, we will randomly pick one lucky entrant who will become the proud owner of a pair of upper bowl tickets to Game Two on Friday, donated by our friends at the Rosedale on Robson. You must be able to pick the tickets from the Rosedale on Robson (833 Robson St. at Hamilton) prior to puck drop.

What are you waiting for?

Feb 292012
 

Wow. It’s still hard to believe that the Canucks have traded away Richard Loat’s favourite player, Cody Hodgson.

And like much of the intertwined web of social media, we here at Canucks Hockey Blog have also seen ourselves transition through the five stages of grief over the deal:

  • Shock – What do you mean he was traded?
  • Denial – Liars! Until Bob McKenzie says so, Cody is still a Canuck!
  • Anger – Damn that Bob McKenzie for saying Cody is a Sabre.
  • Depression – Cody was the next Linden.
  • Acceptance – Well, he’s gone. Guess we have to change our blog’s tag line.

That’s right. Canucks Hockey Blog needs a new tag line and while my early suggestion of changing it to “the cody hodgson era begins ended” was vetoed by those with a heart, we all agreed that we would reach out to our faithful readers to come up with our next one.

Here’s how you tell us:

  1. Enter your tagline via the comments section on this post. (Make sure you enter your email address when you log-in so we can contact you if you win.)
  2. If you choose to enter your tagline via Twitter, make sure to add the hashtag #chbtagline so we can find it.

Enter as many suggestions as you want, but please keep it PG-rated.

You have until 11:59 PM on Saturday, March 3rd to come up with the greatest tagline of all time.

Should yours be chosen by the crack team of judges (also known as the CHB crew), you’ll be the proud owner of a $25 gift certificate to any Donnelly Group establishment donated by our friends at the Rosedale on Robson.

Think you have what it takes?

[update: 03/04/2012, 4:30 PM]

And the winner is… @dan_santorelli for his suggestion of “It is what it is.”

Thanks to everyone for joining and thanks to our good friends at Rosedale on Robson for donating the $25 gift card to any Donnelly Group establishment.

Feb 012012
 

This year’s Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will be live from Prince Edward Island on Saturday, February 11, 2012. With the return of the Winnipeg Jets, SHDiC will feature no less than 4 NHL games involving all 7 Canadian NHL teams:

  • 11:00 AM – Edmonton Oilers at Ottawa Senators
  • 11:00 AM – Winnipeg Jets at Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 4:00 PM – Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 7:00 PM – Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames

More on Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada on the official website. You can also join the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada Facebook page and post your #SHDiC celebrations on the wall.

Locally, the SHDiC folks are holding an event at the Richmond Olympic Oval and will feature appearances by Trevor Linden, Michael Buble and FIN. Planned events include: a jumbo screen to broadcast all HDIC games, a public road hockey tournament, an interactive fan zone and many interactive exhibits and displays.

Your CHB team will be there to cover the event so make sure to look out for us.

As part of the event, the organizers of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada have kindly given us three (3) SHDiC prize packages, which include the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada scarf, toque and gloves, to give to our readers and followers. There are 3 ways to enter:

  • On the comments section of this post (1 entry) and/or our CHB Facebook page (1 entry), answer the following question: “How are you and your family celebrating Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada?”
  • Tweet the following (1 entry): RT to enter to win a Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada prize pak from @canuckshockey: http://bit.ly/w6ukxL #SHDiC #chbSHDiC

We will select one (1) winner each from the comments section of this post, from our CHB Facebook page, and from Twitter – so that’s three (3) winners altogether.

The deadline to enter is Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM. We’ll announce the winners on Sunday, February 5, 2012.

[Update: 02/05/2012, 10:30 AM]

Congratulations to our winners: @brooklynd24 , Shane Kroeker and Jen Burke! Please email us at [email protected] so we can get your contact deets and shipping address.

Thank you to everyone for entering!

Nov 282011
 

Okay kids, after a couple of days off, the Canucks are back in action against the Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow night. That seems like a good enough reason to have a little bit of fun and include the Canucks in it all.

This is what I’m proposing: I’ve got two tickets to the game. One’s for me, and the other is for you. Now, I’m open to taking anyone to the game, but you’re going to have to work for it a little bit.

Here are your instructions:

  1. The following players are arranged in a particular order: Sid Veysey, Robb Gordon, Wayne Connelly, Moe Lemay, Ab Demarco, Alexei Tezikov, Sheldon Kannegiesser, Robert Nordmark, Lars Zetterstrom, John Schella. Figure out their jersey numbers and you’ll find yourself looking at a phone number.
  2. Once you decode the phone number, break out your calculator. Add the player numbers up and you get a new player number.
  3. It doesn’t stop there. The new player number you’ve come up with has only been worn by one player in Canucks history. He’s a player with a tie to tonight’s game. Lets call him “Player X”.
  4. Here’s the question: “Who is Player X?”
  5. Text your answer and Twitter handle to the phone number you decoded in step 1 before 12:00 noon on Tuesday, November 29.
  6. Also, make sure you follow @mozy19 on Twitter – I’ll DM the winner (so if you don’t follow me, you can’t be contacted as the winner).

Everyone who enters will be thrown into a random draw for that extra ticket and the winner will be announced and contacted after lunch.

This will probably be one of the easiest ways you’ll ever get Canucks tickets – so what are you waiting for?

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