Jan 072010
Burrows celebrates 2nd consecutive hat trick

Photo credit: TSN

Earlier today, Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province) suggested the Sedin-Sedin-Burrows line was the second coming of the Westcoast Express line. Scratch that, he said that they are even better than the original.

The trio have played 57 games together going back to last winter. In those 57 games, the line has combined for 73 goals and 119 assists for 192 points. That’s 3.37 points a game and is a pace which outdistances the best line in Canucks history. At its peak in 2002-03, the West Coast Express put up 3.31 points a game.

And who can argue with him?

The Canucks just disposed of the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 to win four games in a row for the first time this season and at least catch the Northwest Division-leading Calgary Flames in points. Henrik Sedin had 3 assists to pass Joe Thornton in the NHL scoring race, Alex Burrows recorded his second hat trick in two games, and Roberto Luongo posted his 50th career shutout.

First, the Sedins and Burrows.

When Burrows signed his 4-year/$8 million, I admit I thought it would be a solid deal even if he simply produced 15 goals and 40 points; with 17 goals and 17 assists, he’s nearly cracked that mark and the season is barely over half a season old. It goes without saying that he is proving that I’m just a Canucks fan who set expectations ridiculously low so as not to be disappointed.

To add to what Botchford said, the Sedin-Sedin-Burrows line is on fire. Combined, they have 130 points (48 goals and 82 assists) this season. Only San Jose’s (Marleau, Thornton and Heatley – 64 goals and 86 assists) and Washington’s (Ovechkin, Backstrom and Semin – 60 goals and 76 assists) trios have combined for more. When you take into account that Daniel Sedin missed 18 games due to injury, it makes what the Sedins and Burrows have accomplished so far even more impressive.

Maybe they are the second coming of the Westcoast Express, but I’m not sure I like the nickname. Contest time: Suggest a nickname for the Sedin-Sedin-Burrows line and post it in the comments field. Richard, Alix and I will each pick one we like and we’ll send each winner a copy of the Vancouver Canucks 2009-2010 yearbook.

Next, Luongo.

Tonight’s shutout was his 3rd of the season and 50th of his career. He is now tied with Chris Osgood for 2nd most career shutouts among active goaltenders. He is 56 shutouts behind Martin Brodeur’s career mark, but as you know, Luongo just signed to play for 12 more years. In Luongo’s first 3 seasons with the Canucks, he’s averaged just under 7 shutouts per season.

Just sayin’.

[update: 01/12/2010, 11:06 AM]

Our apologies for not setting a closing date for this contest, but we’ll do it now.

We’ll take entries until 9:00 PM on Wednesday, January 13th. Richard, Alix and I will make our picks then and send the Canucks Yearbooks to the winners.

On a related note, we’re working with Canucks.com on a follow-up contest that has a tie-in with this one. More details will follow on a separate post, but let me tease you guys a bit – you want to make sure to submit your best suggestions to a line nickname for Sedin, Sedin and Burrows, and the prize for the follow-up contest are signed photos from all three players.

Dec 272009

[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.


Hockey Canada 2010

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 sure if Pavol Demitra is still in the running for Team Slovakia considering he has still yet to play a game this season.)

Team Belarus and Team Russia already released their rosters earlier.

Team Canada is scheduled to name their roster on Wednesday, December 30. That silence you hear is every Canadian dropping what they’re doing at 9:00 AM to see who Hockey Canada has named to carry the weight of an entire nation.

Anyway, because we’re all excited about this, Richard came up with this brilliant idea to hold a contest on this blog as to who can most accurately predict Team Canada’s roster. Here’s the deal:

  • In the comments section of this post, name the 23 players you think Steve Yzerman and company will name to Team Canada’s Olympic roster on December 30th. Whoever guesses the most number of players correctly wins.
  • If there’s a tie, we’ll randomly draw a name among those who had guessed the most number of correct players.
  • We’ll give out a signed Ryan Kesler photo (courtesy of the Vancouver Canucks and Canucks Fan Zone) and a copy of the 2010 Men’s Olympic Hockey Team Guide.
  • We’ll cut off responses at 9:00 PM on Tuesday, December 29.

And go!

PS. Just for fun, we here at CHB will share our picks as well, but don’t worry… we’ll declare ourselves ineligible to win the swag.

Oct 082009
Mason Raymond celebrates a goal

Photo credit: Vancouver Sun

The Vancouver Sun printed this hilarious picture from last night’s Canucks win against the Habs. Caption it and we’ll give away another pair of tickets for Saturday’s Open Practice; these tickets are in section 111, row 4 – that’s four rows from the ice.

Post your caption in the comments; if you’d much rather tweet it, use the hashtag #CHB. I know it’s hard considering the nature of the photo, but please try to keep your caption somewhat PG-13. :P

I’ll keep this contest open until noon tomorrow.

[update: October 9, 2009, 12:58 PM]

And the winner of these Open Practice tickets is… Naomi!

Thanks to everyone for your creative comments!

Oct 062009
Henrik and Daniel Sedin at Canucks Open Practice

Photo credit: Vancouver Sun

Not that we’re pressing the panic button (yet) but there are certainly some troubling things ailing the 0-3 Vancouver Canucks. What would Mike Gillis do? What would you do? I shared my thoughts on this topic this morning and now it’s time you share yours.

For your troubles, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to the Canucks Open Practice this Saturday at 11:00 AM. The seats are in section 118, row 1 – that’s ice level next to the benches folks!

To get your name in the draw, let us know what you think the Canucks should do to right the ship. You can leave a comment below this post. If you want to comment via Twitter, make sure you use the hashtag #CHB. We’ll pick out a winner – random draw – tomorrow night after the Habs game.

[update: October 8, 2009, 8:03 AM]

Thank you everyone for your tweets and comments. After a random draw, the winner of the Open Practice Tickets is… VanCity Allie!

Stay tuned – we’ve got another pair of tickets to give out.

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