Embrace the Hate, Behind Enemy Lines: FOR LIFE

Thomas Drance
December 13 2011 09:32AM

What follows is the first entry in the "Behind Enemy Lines" portion of the "Embrace the Hate" competition. It comes to us via @concretefluff, and you can read the original post at her blog "WindaTurd." If you have a "Behind Enemy Lines" story you'd be interested in sharing with us, please e-mail me at thom.drance@gmail.com - you could win Canucks swag and a one hundred dollar donation in your name to the Canucks for Kids Fund. What follows is Victoria's rather epic story of how she's decided, not just to Embrace the Hate, but to commit to it for life!:

Embrace the Hate Entry by Victoria (@ConcreteFluff):

I often tell people I am in a “mixed marriage” because in my eyes I am. Of course when they see my husband – blonde hair, blue eyes, Caucasian – and they look at me (brown hair, green eyed, Caucasian) they think I’m a mental moron. But as far as I am concerned when one person loves one hockey franchise and the other person loves the other – THAT is a form of a mixed marriage.

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Headshots December 12th

Thomas Drance
December 12 2011 02:56PM


I'd laugh about Daniel's dorky pose, but I'm scarred by those particular Luongo sweat pants.

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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Fourth Line Help

Thomas Drance
December 12 2011 12:55PM


Volpatti's toughness has been lost for the year, and the team still needs to replace his planking ability.

Following a season ending injury to Aaron Volpatti and recent injuries to "skill players" David Booth and Cody Hodgson: the Smylosphere is preoccupied with the Canucks "team toughness", and the personnel on the fourth line. This preoccupation gained added steam following a physical, dirty game against the Ottawa Senators in, which, several Canucks (including Kesler and Edler) were dealt cheap-shots while in vulnerable positions.

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Tales of Truth: Boring narratives are boring

Patrick Johnston
December 12 2011 09:35AM


One of these guys apparently had an excellent game on Saturday
(photo: Yahoo! Sports)

Chris Neil is amazing! He's driving everyone nuts! Who cares that his team is down 3-0 - let's talk about him!

Saturday night was a backwards triumph for the evil Canuck narrative. Instead of telling us why they were systematically disassembling the Senators, the brilliant collection of commentators at Hockey Night in Canada instead chose to spin a tale of aggravation and aggression. Chris Neil running around is exciting. Clinical precision is not.

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The Canucks Top-5 Russians

Thomas Drance
December 12 2011 07:36AM

This is a Guest Piece By Andrey Osadchenko

Vancouver is seen by many Russians as a surreal place – it’s about as far out West from Western Russia (the most populated part of the country) as it gets. Maybe this is why there haven’t been a whole lot of ruskies in the Canucks’ system historically. Perhaps, there’s a another explanation for that, but the fact is several of the Russian skaters who made it all the way out to BC became legendary. At least, 3 of them did. Here’s a quick look at the Top-5 Russians who ever played for the blue- green-and-white (or black-yellow and red).

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