The Art of the Beaver Tail: Troy Stecher wants the puck -- and he wants everyone to know it

Jeff Paterson
January 12 2017 01:00PM

Thwack-thwack-thwack.

If you’ve been to a Vancouver Canucks game this season, you have most certainly heard that sound. Watch a game on television or listen to the radio feed, and you’ve probably heard it, too.

It’s Troy Stecher letting everyone in the building know he wants the puck. And he wants it right now.

Thwack-thwack-thwack.

Growing up in Richmond and watching the Canucks in his youth, Stecher is well aware of the way Ryan Kesler used the ‘beaver tail’ – short taps of the stick on the ice in an effort to signal his desire for the puck. Kesler generally used the tactic as a defensive ploy hoping to fool opponents into an ill-advised drop pass.

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Is Horvat heading to the NHL All-Star Game?

Jeff Paterson
January 09 2017 05:49PM

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Bo Horvat insists he’s not sitting by his phone waiting for the call, but he does admit giving this month’s National Hockey League All-Star Game in Los Angeles some thought in recent weeks.

As Horvat emerges as the Vancouver Canucks leading scoring and has started to attract some attention around the league, don’t be surprised to see him selected as the team’s lone representative at the mid-season showcase when All-Star rosters are announced on Tuesday morning.

A panel of nhl.com writers had the third-year centre on its projected Pacific Division all-star team in an exercise posted to the league website Sunday afternoon. At least one player from each of the league’s 30 franchises will be selected to take part in the annual skills competition and the three-on-three tournament which was introduced to favourable reviews last year in Nashville.

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Q & A with Anton Rodin: on not getting a shift in Calgary on Saturday night

Jeff Paterson
January 09 2017 02:48PM

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Vancouver Canucks forward Anton Rodin met the media at Rogers Arena Monday morning for the first time since sitting on the bench through all 60 minutes of the team’s 3-1 loss in Calgary on Saturday. Willie Desjardins said it was a coach’s decision to have Rodin dress as a 13th forward and be available in case of an injury during the game. Here is a transcription of Rodin’s media availability in which he addresses the situation, the health of his knee and his decision to sign with the Canucks.

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Despite language barrier, Canucks teammates trying hard to make Tryamkin fit in

Jeff Paterson
December 27 2016 01:12PM

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As the story goes in the Vancouver Canucks locker room, Nikita Tryamkin has a few stories to tell. Some need a few blanks filled in and others require some sign language to bridge the gaps, but make no mistake the big Russian defenseman is telling tales.

Fans and media won’t hear them – at least not right now – as Tryamkin’s limited English prevents him from doing interviews for public consumption. But it appears Tryamkin’s personality is emerging a little more every day and teammates say they’re doing all they can to make the 22-year-old feel as much a part of the group as possible.

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Henrik Sedin to join elite company when he plays 1200th NHL game on Thursday

Jeff Paterson
December 21 2016 12:03PM

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A testament to his health and productivity, Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin will reach a significant milestone on Thursday night when he steps onto the ice against the Winnipeg Jets at Rogers Arena.

Sedin will become the 107th player in National Hockey League history to reach 1200 career regular season games. He’ll join Owen Nolan at that mark and within weeks surpass Erik Nesterenko and move into the top-100 on the all-time games played list when he dresses for his 1219th contest early in the new year.

Henrik, who is now eight points shy of reaching 1000 points in his remarkable career, currently sits 55th in all-time scoring and is 32nd on the NHL’s all-time assist list with 763. With 48 games left on the Canucks schedule, the 36-year-old has the chance to move into a tie with Sergei Fedorov and Bill Gadsby for 86th on the all-time games played list if he stays healthy the rest of this season. With a year beyond this one remaining on his contract, Henrik could climb as high as 53rd on the list at 1330 should he play every game between now and the end of next season.

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