October 22 2012 09:49AM
Going into the 1970 expansion draft, the Canucks were certain of one thing: they were going to be a hard-working team. They had three years of evidence in front of them to gauge what it took to be a successful expansion team, but placed in a very tough division and with draft rules stacked against them, the challenge to ice a winning team was huge.
What they were to be was an aggressive, hustling team, with flashes of skill here and there. Even after the draft the team's general manager, Bud Poile, acknowledged the challenge ahead, telling the Sun after the draft, 'we may not win many games but we'll win a lot of fights.'
And he would be right. When it came to building the team first version of the NHL Canucks, Poile and his staff never stood a chance.
October 21 2012 06:15PM
Question: What's played on ice and not locked out?
Answer: The KHL.
Here's today's KHL highlights featuring a sick breakaway goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nail Yakupov's team comes out on top, and more.
October 21 2012 01:28PM
Photo: Matt Boulton/Wikimedia/CC BY 2.0
From across the Nations this week: hockey talk, with absolutely none of it focused on arena or CBA negotiations. We’ve got a healthy dose of humour – including a story from the NHL player who ran buck-naked into a group of Hungarian riot police – as well as some news, statistics, and rumour-mongering.
October 20 2012 06:11PM
Today's KHL package from Steve Dangle and Andrey Osadchenko features a couple of notable plays from Alexander Ovechkin and Dynamo Moscow's game against Atlant, and a late comeback from Avangard.
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October 20 2012 01:25PM
Anton Rodin is stronger, more confident and playing with Zack Kassian. (Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)
A constantly rampaging Zack Kassian would be at the top of most Canucks fans' must-happen lists; they got a glimpse of just that player on Friday night. In an exciting, back and forth encounter with their Calgary Flames compatriots, the Canucks' minor leaguers came out on top, winning 3-2 in a shoot out.
Most observers have predicted that the NHL lockout would have a positive effect on the AHL's level of play; hockey fans got more than a glimpse of that on Friday, as both teams played tight defence, strong transition games and impressive puck movement. It was a great advertisement for how much value a fan can get for his money in Abbotsford.
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