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CHB’s Top 10 Reasons Why Torts is a Better Coach for the Canucks (Right Now) Than AV

CHB’s Top 10 Reasons Why Torts is a Better Coach for the Canucks (Right Now) Than AV

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...

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.”

Guest Post:  The Good and the Bad with a Season Ticket-Holding Dad

Guest Post: The Good and the Bad with a Season Ticket-Holding Dad

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. ...

CHB Social: Tweetup at the Hog Shack in Steveston

CHB Social: Tweetup at the Hog Shack in Steveston

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,...

Clay’s Canucks Christmas Carol: This Christmas

Clay’s Canucks Christmas Carol: This Christmas

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!

Top 10 Reasons Why Gary Bettman Requested the Two-Week Moratorium

Top 10 Reasons Why Gary Bettman Requested the Two-Week Moratorium

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...

Shooting From the Hip With the Ultimate Canucks Fan @matthewahawkins

Shooting From the Hip With the Ultimate Canucks Fan @matthewahawkins

I met Matthew Hawkins through the Ultimate Canucks Fan Contest back in 2007.  Since then we’ve become fast friends sharing mutual interests of family (our own and not each other’s), video games, making videos and of course, the Vancouver Canucks.  Speaking of videos, here’s a Clay’s Canucks Commentary from last year where we talked more about the Ultimate Canucks Fan Contest. It’s a year later and while there is no hockey (yet), I thought it would be a good time to check in with my buddy Matthew in my newest Shooting From the Hip. In his own words: Matthew (@matthewahawkins)...

Shooting From the Hip With @iam_canuck and @vancitydan: Favourite Players and Favourite Dinner Guests

Shooting From the Hip With @iam_canuck and @vancitydan: Favourite Players and Favourite Dinner Guests

On the day that the Vancouver Canucks were supposed to open their 2012-13 regular season in Calgary against the Flames, I check in with another two Canucks fans about their favourite and not-so-favourite players, preferred dinner guests and of course, the lockout. Crystal (@iam_canuck) was born in Abbotsford, BC, and has hop-skipped around the western provinces (except Alberta) before settling where she currently resides in Winnipeg, MB.  She lives with her parents, sister, and her equally Canucks-crazed brother.  She started watching hockey in February 2010 (during the Vancouver Olympics!), and latched on to the Canucks since she was living in...

Shooting From the Hip With @_EricaDawn and @Mitch_SBMedia:  Lockout Woes and Worries

Shooting From the Hip With @_EricaDawn and @Mitch_SBMedia: Lockout Woes and Worries

We’re two weeks into the NHL lockout so I decided to check in with another two Canucks fans about their feelings, their frustrations, and their outlook. Erica (@_EricaDawn) only acknowledges two seasons and is lucky enough to experience both in British Columbia:  hockey and summer.  Erica was born in Langley, raised throughout the Lower Mainland and currently resides in Coquitlam.  She has an education in hospitality management, a job as a food and beverage department supervisor, a passion for hockey and travel, and a love for her Boston Terrier fur-baby Cali (named after her favorite place to be…California!). She travels...

The Canucks 2012 Playoff Beard Challenge

The Canucks 2012 Playoff Beard Challenge

With only a few games left in the 2011/12 NHL Regular Season, you know it’s only a matter of time until you begin to see how the more passionate hockey fans separate themselves from the crowd. That’s right – it’s playoff beard time! Last year, the Canucks Hockey Blog Playoff Beard Challenge was a phenomenal success! Not only did we help raise money for a wicked cause through the NHLPA Beard-a-thon, our facial hair helped the boys in blue come within one game of the actual Stanley Cup (give or take obviously). One game! So being the superstitious folk we...

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