Canucks Launch New Initiative, Website to Raise Awareness about Mental Illness.

Thomas Drance
January 24 2012 11:56AM

Here's the touching PSA, in which Bieksa talks about his departed friend: Rick Rypien

Rick Rypien's passing on August 15th 2011 was a massive emotional blow to the Canucks, and their fans. Today, in honour of Rypien and his legacy, the Canucks Fund for Kids in concert with Fraser Health and Provincial Health Services Authority, and BC Children’s Hospital launched an initiative to raise awareness about mental illness, and to provide young people affected with a resource to help them cope. You can read the full press release from here.

As I've previously written about at length, I lost a friend to suicide and mental illness as a teenager, so this is an issue that is extremely close to my heart. The way the team handled Rypien's illness when he was with the organization, the grace shown by Bieksa, Gillis and the entire team in the wake of Rypper's untimely death, and this latest endeavor to honour #37's memory in a positive, hopeful way makes me extremely proud to be a Canucks fan.

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Canucks Forward Favourably Compares Salo to Lidstrom

Thomas Drance
January 24 2012 09:36AM

Sami Salo is perhaps the Canucks most widely beloved current player. The mild-mannered, oft-injured Finnish defenseman has earned the perpetual admiration of the fan-base, and clearly his team-mates, with his understated demeanor and solid play. But can this admiration and respect go too far and morph into preposterous hyperbole?

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Sami Salo Returns to the Line-Up, Tanev Sent Down

Thomas Drance
January 23 2012 03:48PM

Well, it's now official: the much anticipated Tanev-Edler experiment lasted for one whole game!

With Canucks hardest-shot winner Sami Salo returning to the line-up for Tuesday's game against Edmonton, the Canucks have sent promising sophmore defenseman Chris Tanev back to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. But don't get too upset, Canucks fans, Tanev and his Wolves teammates will face off against the Abbotsford Heat on Wednesday and Thursday night in the lower-mainland. Here's the official team press release from

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Headshots January 23rd

Thomas Drance
January 23 2012 02:40PM

Keith Ballard always ends up in silly positions at practice.

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

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You Know What I Hate?! - Jan 23

Cam Davie
January 23 2012 12:56PM

Barack Obama is angry today. And so am I. You'd be angry too if you had to see the Bruins up close.
Well, all the Bruins except Tim Thomas.
Photo courtesy

Today I continue my weekly feature of me venting and raging on stupid crap happening with the Canucks, their fans and around the NHL. Two things about feature... 1) It will appear (hopefully) every Monday, and 2) It is blatantly ripped off from a stand-up bit from comedian Craig Anton. On either point, I make no apologies. Enjoy. Or don't.

This week, I take a wooden spoon to the back side of kiboshed realignment, Timmay's political agenda, a week with no Canucks and the race to report news first.

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