Roberto Luongo picked up his first shutout of the young NHL season last night in a 3-0 win over the Sabres in Buffalo. Luongo played a solid game while getting some help from the crossbar and post, and Ryan Stanton in two different situations in the third period. Regardless, it was great to see Bobby Lu get the goose egg after an uneven start to the year. While not privy to the post-game congratulatory handshakes and head butts, it’s still fun to imagine what Luongo was saying to his teammates after the game. So here’s CHB’s Top 10 Things that...Click here to read more.
I was blessed to be at all three of the Canucks home games this week. Although the team only picked up two out of a possible six points, I was fortunate to be in the arena to witness three big games: Cory Schneider’s return with the Devils on Tuesday, our rival San Jose Sharks on Thursday, and the popular Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Thursday in particular was a very memorable day for me as I was able to accompany friend of the blog Marie Hui as she sang the national anthems. I hung out with her in the dressing room...Click here to read more.
Sean Imoo is 12 years old, in grade 7, and he’s the son of CHB writer Clay Imoo. He enjoys playing guitar and piano, playing golf, volleyball, hockey, and other sports, and whipping his Dad in NHL 14. Sean is passionate about his favourite team – the Vancouver Canucks. He is likely the biggest Canuck fan in his school and he is always learning more and more about the Canucks every day. Once in a while, Sean will share his thoughts about the Canucks with the readers of CHB. As I prepared for my grade 7 year, I was extremely...Click here to read more.
As a hockey fan and musician, I enjoy seeing the two worlds come together. At a hockey game, it starts with the warm-up music followed by the national anthems. There’s music in between plays (whether live or recorded) and music at the intermission. Away from the rink you can find hundreds of hockey-themed music videos on YouTube. And I’ve been known to put a few hockey compositions together, whether it’s a Christmas Carol, a song from a musical, a classic rock anthem, or an R & B song about our new head coach. By the way: my new Canucks song...Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.
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.”Click here to read more.
Sean Imoo is 11 years old and in grade 6. He enjoys listening to the latest music, playing guitar and piano, playing hockey and other sports, and whipping his Dad in NHL 13. Sean is passionate about his favourite team – the Vancouver Canucks. He is likely the biggest Canuck fan in his school and he is always learning more and more about the Canucks every day. Here are his insights as to what it’s like being related to a certain CHB writer. As you may know, my dad (@CanuckClay) is a season ticket holder with his good friend Mike. ...Click here to read more.
Another Canucks season means another Canucks Hockey Blog tweetup! And obviously, if we at CHB want to get our tweetup on, we look to the fabulous Hog Shack Cook House in beautiful Steveston (in Richmond for those unsure). Also very obvious, we want to invite you – our diehard readers and fans – to join us for some BBQ, beer and Canucks hockey as they take on the Los Angeles Kings in a Saturday matinée match-up. If you couldn’t grab the deets from the poster above, here’s the nitty-gritty of our event: Where: Hog Shack BBQ House, 3900 Bayview St,...Click here to read more.
For this special edition of Clay’s Canucks Commentary, I pull a few friends together for the 3rd annual Canucks Christmas Carol. Once again I am joined by my friends Joe, Oggy, Jason, Pat and the foreign exchange student Kevin. Kevin came all the way from overseas to watch some hockey but he gets something else instead. Last year we put together the Bieber-inspired “Under the Minne(so)” and in 2011 we did the “12 Days of Christmas”. For this year, we do our version of the classic “This Christmas”. Merry Christmas from all of us at CHB!Click here to read more.
According to many sources, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has suggested that the NHL and NHLPA take a two-week moratorium from negotiating – apparently after NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr said he didn’t know how the two sides would proceed to break the stalemate. Understandably, the reaction to Bettman’s request has been overwhelmingly negative: from the Fehrs, from players, and from fans. A two-week break doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense at such a critical time in the negotiation process. I know that if I suggested a two-week moratorium to my lovely wife Gail the next time we had...Click here to read more.