Dale Weise: Too Famous for Lavalife, Too Real For Twitter

Thomas Drance
January 31 2012 11:07AM

In case you didn't notice, or were too busy being mesmerized by Marian Hossa's sweet third period back-hand goal - a goal that represented an isolated outburst of real hockey in Ottawa this past weekend - social media, and Twitter in particular, took centre stage at the NHL's All-Star festivities. The All-Star showcase always feels frightfully static: at the end of the day it's just a skill game, played in slow-motion, absent the faintest hum of hockey's usual intensity. All-Star weekend is like eating a Subway sandwich: you know what to expect, you know it'll fill you up, and you know in advance that it will always, always leave you feeling underwhelmed.

For better or for worse, we've seen various names, jerseys and venues over the years. We've seen the league experiment with formats, and last year the NHL added the "All-Star Draft," which, while a bit dull at times, at least feels genuinely fresh (unlike the North America v. The World stinkers a decade ago). This year, the dramatic change was the wholesale incorporation of "Social Media" into every facet of the proceedings, and for the most part: it was an impressive showing for the league and their players.

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Headshots January 30th

Thomas Drance
January 30 2012 03:09PM


The Sedins and Drake: all the talent in the world and a reputation for being soft.

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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Jeff Paterson Joins the Army!

Thomas Drance
January 30 2012 01:52PM

We interrupt our usual programming to bring you a major announcement from our humble hockey blog!

Canucks Army and the Nation Network would like to formally welcome Canucks Army's newest contributor, Vancouver's own Jeff Paterson! Jeff is a credentialed Canucks reporter for the Team 1040, he contributes a weekly Canucks column for the Georgia Straight, and his work can occasionally be found on Canucks.nhl.com

Jeff's first Canucks Army post will debut on the site on Wednesday, and from then on, look for his stuff regularly because he'll be posting two or three times per week. We're extremely excited to be adding a writer with Jeff's experience and perspective to the staff, and we look forward to bringing you his near daily observations about the team.

With Paterson on board, Canucks Army will now have a guy at the rink for Canucks practices and home games. It's a major step towards providing our audience with a type of independent Canucks news coverage unseen elsewhere in the Canucks blogosphere. In this space, Jeff will be filing stories from the rink as well as sussing out wider trends surrounding the team. We're extremely excited to be combining Jeff's unique insight and access, with our customary irreverence and detailed quantitative analysis.

It's a new day for Canucks Army folks. Make sure to follow Jeff on twitter: @patersonjeff.

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Sarah Connors Praises the Canucks

Thomas Drance
January 25 2012 01:58PM


Cory Schneider: the only Canuck player who Bruins Bloggers are willing to praise.

Several week ago the Canucks defeated the undisciplined Boston Bruins 4-3, largely thanks to the punk antics of Brad Marchand. One of our favorite Bruins bloggers is Sarah Connors, who made a bet with Cam Charron prior to that game. The loser of the bet had to write a post extolling the virtues of the opposite team. Sure it was harder to get Connors to pay up than it is to get Tim Thomas to fill out a census form, but no matter, here she is talking about her respect for perennial rival: Cory Schneider.

Hello, Canucks Nation! I’m coming to you today as penance for losing a bet to one of your finest writers, and although it’s taken me several weeks to get over the loss compose myself enough to write punch enough Swedes in the face to sate my anger at losing get free from being too busy at work to write a piece telling you all how great your team is (like you don’t already know, honestly Cam why do I need to do this again? /hate), here I am, fulfilling my side of the bet. Look how awesome I, a Bruins fan, actually am.

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Roberto Luongo is Having Another Stellar January

Thomas Drance
January 25 2012 12:30PM

You can just tell that it's mid-winter in Vancouver. It may not snow in our fair city like it does in much of the rest of the country, but we have our own tell-tale signs that January is in the air, namely the complete absence of "goalie controversy" chatter. The Canucks incumbent starter, Roberto Luongo, is turning in another stellar month of puck-stopping. His routine brilliance in the first month of the year has yet again caused blue-chip back-up Cory Schneider to become stapled to the pine. Schneider may well have plenty of time to work on his commendable debating skills, because Alain Vigneault is likely to ride Luongo's piping hot-hand for much of the next four weeks following the all-star break.

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