Mitchell's Comment

Kristian Urstad
September 07 2010 03:46PM


VANCOUVER, CANADA - OCTOBER 17: Defenceman Willie Mitchell #8 of the Vancouver Canucks sits on the bench during the pre game warmup prior to the NHL game against the Minnesota Wild on October 17, 2009 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

In his September 5th article for The Province, Tony Gallagher takes up Willie Mitchell’s recent comment:

"We have a big gap in our union where you have the star player and the blue-collar player. All those top-end guys are getting paid more and more and the bottom-end guys are getting less and less. Maybe if we come to something more level, it might help the rest of our union."

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Kesler 2K11

Kristian Urstad
August 18 2010 02:22PM

Vancouver Canucks' center Ryan Kesler arrives at the 2010 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

Ryan Kesler is the cover athlete for the new NHL 2K11 game. This strikes me as interesting. 

At first, I didn’t really get it. Video games are by their very nature all about creating a flashiness and hyperbole that isn’t quite captured by the reality they are meant to represent. There are loads of things about real hockey that are glossed over, and turned glossy, when it comes to their video game depiction. It is fitting, after all, that the last four cover athletes on NHL 2K are Thornton, Spezza, Nash and Ovechkin – appropriate symbols, it seems to me, for just that kind of gloss.

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Backstrom versus Ovechkin

Kristian Urstad
April 28 2010 04:11PM

Washington Capitals v New York Rangers

Since there’s a current lull in the Canuck schedule, I thought I’d write about something else. Try this on for size:

Backstrom is a better player than Ovechkin.

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What's The Last Thing You Remember?

Kristian Urstad
April 22 2010 02:51PM

Three-dimensional maze

Last night I felt a little like Christopher Nolan in the film Memento. I felt I was afflicted with a kind of short-term amnesia, unable to store new memories, and so to put everything together, to make sense of it all.

So strange was it, that not even in retrospect, with the benefit of hindsight, can any kind of coherent narrative be ascribed to this game.

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Becoming Edler

Kristian Urstad
April 19 2010 02:17PM

Vancouver Canucks v Los Angeles Kings

“Become who you are” – this was Nietzsche’s slogan for the idea that we as individuals have the ability to create and choose out of what we have to work with. We are all born like a piece of clay that already has its unique shape, and it is up to us to do the best we can to sculpt ourselves from it.

After watching Alex Edler in Game One, I was both astonished at just how much original material he has to work with and dismayed by how rarely and how inconsistently he puts it all to use.

He was an all-around force in that first game, excelling in all parts of the game. For 60 minutes, he had fashioned himself into a near perfect defenseman – a work of art on the ice.

It’s scary to think what all that potential could amount to if it was actualized game in and game out. Let’s hope he takes counsel of Nietzsche’s advice and gives us all something unique to admire for years to come.      

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