November 11 2011 01:25PM
If you ask most Canucks fans the salient question "who was the worst captain in team history?" few hesitate. The answer is clear: #11 Mark Messier, hands down, we can all go home now. The Canucks have had 13 captains in their history and many (most) of them were forgettable (Chris Oddleifson), or were a misguided selection in the first place (Roberto Luongo? Really?). Still, Messier takes the cake. To describe his tenure as Canucks captain as inglorious, pathetic or a trial of faith is probably underselling how hard it was to watch the team from 1997 to 2000.
November 11 2011 12:32PM
In their last visit to Anaheim, Kesler and the Canucks blanked the Ducks.
Can they do it again against a struggling Anaheim team?
(Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game Day Recon: Game #17 - Canucks @ Ducks
The Vancouver Canucks are stickin' in SoCal as they wrap up their six-game road trip against the Anaheim Ducks in the second half of back-to-back nights. The Ducks are reeling mightily right now, but one thing is certain whenever the Ducks and Canucks play each other.
We are in for one weird game tonight.
November 11 2011 10:40AM
Forced to play away from home for three straight weekends, the Wolves began their journey by winning two of three. Goaltending was the story in a two-game set in Peoria and then the offence finally showed some life vs Hamilton.
November 11 2011 08:09AM
Conn Smythe and others enlisting in 1939 at Maple Leaf Gardens.
The relationship between professional sports and the military has long been a complicated one. To outside observers the NFL often seems like another branch of the American Military. Don Cherry sets aside time each week on Coach’s Corner to remember the fallen men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Both Brian Burke and Luke Schenn travelled to Afghanistan this summer to visit troops serving there with the latter sponsoring a program for the military men and women known as “Luke’s Troops”. While today the relationship is mostly symbolic, in the past the connection was much more direct. No man better demonstrates the relationship between hockey and the military than Conn Smythe.
November 11 2011 01:01AM
Future 2011/12 All-Star Aaron Rome Celebrates his GWG on Thursday night.
It was a tale of two halves, as it so often is in hockey.
In the game's first act, which lasted until the 25th minute of game-play, the Canucks took a commanding three goal lead on the scoreboard and out-chanced the Kings 12 to 3. From then on the Kings took over, partly because Vigneault went to the old "prevent defense," and partly because the Kings are actually a talented team. They ended the game on a 13 to 5 scoring chance run and made the match something of a nail-biter by the final buzzer.