Apr 022013

If there is one thing that we at CHB love to do, it’s to have good times with good people. We’ve held tweetups, group games, and for those of you old enough – drunk-ups (even if J.J. doesn’t remember them)!

no5 Garrison

no5 Garrison – courtesy of Jay Jones

With us filming our next episode of CHB TV this Sunday, we’re breaking out of our usual confines at the Hog Shack Cook House in Steveston and will be heading to the Donnelly Group’s Library Square Public House, centrally located in downtown Vancouver. What’s so exciting about this you ask?

And we want you all to join us! (assuming you’re of legal drinking age of course)

Now if having us make you famous with CHB TV isn’t enough to draw you out, our friends at the Donnelly Group are looking to provide a good time for all with a number of specials just for us, including the showcase of some Canuck-themed beverages – the no5 Garrison above and a few more that Jay Jones, the Executive Bartender & Brand Ambassador for the Donnelly Group, can whip up.

You’re interested aren’t you? Here are the deets:

Where: Library Square Public House, 300 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC
When: Sunday, April 7th, 2013 – 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM (filming starts at 2:00 PM)
Who: You – our readers and tweeps (of legal drinking age)

Now sure there isn’t a Canuck game on Sunday, but that shouldn’t stop us all getting together to talk puck over a beverage or two with your favourite CHBers. And answer questions like – did Gillis do enough on Wednesday’s trade deadline? Or an even more pertinent question on all of our minds – has the “window” closed?

Mind-blowing stuff for sure! Thankfully there will be beverages to help us handle it all.

We hope to see you all there!

Jan 192012

[Inspired by Arsenio Hall's "Things That Make You Go Hmmm…", Clayton Imoo talks about Canucks-related things that make him go hmmm… You can follow Clay on Twitter at (@canuckclay) or on his website, Clay's Canucks Commentary.]

There are many reasons why you should eagerly anticipate the Canucks Hockey Blog tweetup at the Hog Shack in beautiful Steveston in Richmond taking place this Saturday afternoon:  a good game (hopefully) between the Canucks and the Sharks, good food, contests, and of course, great company.  As I look ahead to Saturday, there are a few tweetup-specific Things That Make Me Go Hmmm:

1.  Do you remember your first time? If this is your first-ever tweetup, we welcome you with open arms!  It promises to be a lot of fun and as they say, you always remember your first time.  My first tweetup was back on May 22, 2011 at Guildford’s Boston Pizza when the Canucks beat the same Sharks 4-2 to take a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Finals.  At this official Vancouver Canucks tweetup, I met JJ and Chris of CHB for the very first time, and they immediately put me to work making me film this.  We had a great time chatting and filming and we even roped the Game Day Guys (Andrew, Chris and Reigan) in for a few thoughts.  Thankfully, the first impressions were decent enough both ways as they are still letting me contribute to the site.  Other highlights of the day included meeting Nicole Van Zanten (Social Media Coordinator of the Canucks) and devouring my Hawaiian pizza.

2.  Putting a face to the handle. A cool thing about tweetups is meeting people in-person who you might only know via their handle or picture on Twitter.  It’s even better when you can actually recall or quote a recent tweet from someone you are meeting (but only quote one or else you’ll look like a stalker).  At a recent tweetup in Richmond, people recognized me from my musical collaboration with Marie Hui.  Actually come to think of it, they complimented Marie for her talent and good looks, whereas the only compliments I got were for having a talented and beautiful friend.  But I digress.

Also, it’s neat to discover just how close someone’s Twitter persona is to their actual personality.  For example, you can find out this Saturday if JJ truly looks like Jon Gosselin or why we call Matt Lee the “Asian James Duthie”. Is Chris Golden as punny as he seems?  Is Lizz Moffat truly bad at math?  Is Caylie King always talking about the future?  And if you’re lucky enough, Katie Maximick might rant all over you.

3.  Are you ready for the Flatline Burger? The menu at the Hog Shack says it all: “Our signature HEART STOPPER, double burger patty between 2 grilled sandwiches.  It’s to die for!”  Well, they mean that figuratively and not literally as we would like to keep our record of no fatalities at CHB tweetups.  However, the next line is the kicker: “FINISH THE WHOLE PLATE IN 5 MINS OR LESS…IT’S FREE!”  Yes, it’s all in CAPS.  I’ve had the (mis)pleasure of seeing CHB contributor Richard Loat conquer the Flatline Burger in an impressive time of 4 minutes and 20 seconds.  So it’s certainly doable, although Richard is built like a truck (in a good way).  Hopefully we’ll see a few successful attempts this Saturday.  Just don’t die trying, despite what the menu says.

Add it all up and it promises to be a memorable afternoon.  The last time the Canucks played early on a Saturday (just 2 weeks ago), they beat the Bruins in an exciting game.  I’ll be arriving late (from work) but staying late so I hope to meet many of you there.  And best of all…it’s only 5 minutes from my house.  Because I’d hate to have to drive home after downing my plethora of pop.  Hmmm…

Jan 132011

Daniel Sedin’s third period goal in last week’s 3-1 win against the Calgary Flames was significant not only because it served as the insurance marker in an otherwise close game, but also because it was the 10,000th goal in the history of the Vancouver Canucks franchise.

Yesterday, the Canucks celebrated another milestone: their 50,000th follower on Twitter. This ranks them 4th among all official NHL team Twitter accounts, and they’re closing in on 3rd place Chicago.

The hockey blogosphere is often filled with stories pitting team vs. blogger vs. mainstream media. For their part, the Canucks have done a pretty good job of managing the many entities that provide some sort of coverage of their team.

In recent years, the Canucks have been among the more progressive teams in the league in terms of dealing with fans and bloggers. In 2006, they reached out to various bloggers – including yours truly, and John, Rebecca, Alanah and Dave from The Crazy Canucks podcast – to help them start building a fan network. At various points, Sean and Mike from Nucks Misconduct and other Canucks Fan Zone bloggers were involved as well. They hired a couple of consultants, Anton and Bruce from Anton Sledgehammer, to spearhead the project, but as a fan, I remember thinking it was neat to be engaged and asked for input.

What followed next were a series of fan initiatives. The Canucks hosted the Ultimate Canucks Search, a search for the ultimate Canucks fan, and created the Canucks Fan Zone and Facebook page. In 2008, they asked us – and other fans – to participate in their season print and in-arena video ad campaign. They grew their fan network too, and now includes some of your favorite Canucks bloggers (Richard and Chris from CHB, and Brian from Canucks Corner) and Canucks tweeps (@gloomybb). They host regular Tweetups and often use Twitter to communicate with their fans.

With their level of engagement, it’s perhaps not surprising that canucks.com, the Canucks’ Facebook page and Twitter accounts are among the most popular in the NHL.


Speaking of Tweetups, the Canucks are hosting an official Tweetup at the Boston Pizza on Grandview and Rupert (in Vancouver) on Tuesday, January 18th. It starts at 6:00 PM, in time for the Canucks game against the Colorado Avalanche. As always, there will be lots of giveaways and prizes. Chris Palliser from the Beat 94.5 is the celebrity host. The last couple of Tweetups were very well-attended so you may want to get there early to guarantee yourself a seat.

Like they promised, the Canucks are giving away a pair of tickets at this Tweetup for reaching 50,000 followers this week. Click here for more details.


As a token of their appreciation, the Canucks have given CHB a signed Alex Burrows Canucks jersey to give away to one of our readers.

To enter:

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RT or comment on http://bit.ly/dIdawJ to enter to win a signed Burrows #Canucks jersey from @canuckshockey & @VanCanucks.

Deadline to enter is on Saturday, January 22nd at 11:59 PM.

Dec 062010
Rick Rypien beats up an Edmonton Oilers

The crew here at CHB has secured 20 tickets to the Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers game on Friday night, January 7th, 2011.

Our seats are in section 305, row 14 and 15 – these are in the upper bowl right by Luongo’s goal line.

The tickets are $80 each (yes, this is our cost). If you’d like to join us, send me a message on Twitter (@canuckshockey) or via email at [email protected].

(PS. Oilers fans welcome to join us. Just be prepared for any pro-Seguin or anti-Khabibulin chants.)

Nov 012010
Vince Vaughn, Vancouver Canucks vs. Chicago Blackhawks

No, Vince Vaughn’s not invited to this party.

On Saturday, November 20th, our good friends, Mike and Sean, from Nucks Misconduct are coming into town for the big Canucks/Blackhawks game that night.

They’ve put together a meet-and-greet at the Forum Sports Bar (1163 Granville St., Vancouver) for their readership and have kindly extended an invitation to us.

If you’d like to join your favorite Canucks bloggers for some beers, Blackhawks-hating and hockey talk, please do come by the Forum and join us.

Oct 122010

When the Manitoba Moose come to town in November to play against the Abbotsford Heat, I want to get a group of people to head out to Abbotsford and watch the Canucks prospects hard at work. A group of us went last year and we had a great time. The games against the Moose games are one of the few that the Heat sell out all season.

Manitoba Moose Line Up Pre-Game at the Blue Line

When we went last year, the crowd was a solid 50-50 split of Moose and Heat fans. Every time we started a “Go Moose Go” chant it was countered by a “Go Heat Go” chant. The game was a blast – there’s nothing quite the same as watching the prospects give it their all to get noticed by the big team.

When: Saturday, November 27th (there’s no Canucks game that night) – 7pm
Where: Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Center
What: Manitoba Moose vs Abbotsford Heat
Tickets: Tickets are $20 each if we get a group of 10 or more people. We’ll be in the Orange Section. We’ll be sitting together and making sure that Canucks Nation is well represented at the game.

Last year we carpooled and groups of us headed out. You can drive to Abbotsford on your own, or let us know if you’d like to organize a carpool. If anyone’s up for it, we can also meet up and get together for a group dinner at the restaurant across from the arena. Because it’s the weekend, there should be plenty of time for us to head out to Abbotsford before the game.

Are you in? Send me an email at [email protected] and we can reserve a spot for you.

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