September 29 2011 02:13PM
As part of the expansion of our coverage of all things Canuck for the 2011-12 season - we are going to be checking in with the Chicago Wolves at least once a week. To kick things off, this week the Army spoke with Jason Shaver, who since 2008 has been the play-by-play commentator of the Chicago Wolves. From a family of hockey broadcasters, and a former college player, the Minnesotan clearly knows his stuff and seemed an ideal candidate to help us kick off our 2011-12 Chicago Wolves coverage by giving us some insight into the Wolves as an organization.
September 29 2011 11:43AM
Is Alex Burrows poised for a career year?
I’d like to extend my thanks to Thom for the invite to the CanucksArmy writing team. I have been writing and managing the DobberHockey website for the past few years. My writing over there tends to focus more on the numbers and statistics. That isn’t to say that my writing here will ignore those things, but I will cover a much broader spectrum of hockey-related subjects – all pertaining to the Vancouver Canucks, of course.
This off-season has been one unlike any experienced in Vancouver in a long, long time. The team played well into June, and several key players are still recovering from a grueling postseason run. The team lost its highest scoring defenseman, and the heart and soul of the team is likely to miss the first month of the season. However, there are still many reasons why the Canucks should once again be an elite NHL club in 2011-12. I’ll speak on 10 of them.
September 29 2011 11:08AM
Eleven has been my favourite number since I can remember. I had short affairs with some higher ups like 17, 19 and 23, but 11 has always been the number that made me feel the most confident. It is strange how a lucky number can impact our psyche or our minds, yet today on the 11th anniversary of my father’s passing I have an eerie mixture of confidence and yearning.
Eleven years ago today, my father, William Arthur Gregor, passed away at the young age of 56. Dad had a massive heart attack in his car at a red light in Sherwood Park. He had quit smoking a few years earlier, wasn’t a heavy drinker or overweight, but sadly it was his time.
September 29 2011 09:47AM
Last night, Blackhawks sniper and Luongo nemesis Patrick Kane joined twitter. As the Blackhawks best offensive player - Patrick Kane is generally hated in these parts - but objectively he's pretty awesome. Consider that he's got super elite puck control skills, he scores a lot (goals and woman) and generally seems to live a hilarious, boozy life-style filled with things I think are cool (winning Stanley Cups, drinking, growing a disgusting mullet for jokes). He does some douchey stuff too like beating on cabbies over twenty cents, and taking his shirt off in limos - but I think most hockey fans can agree - Patrick Kane is fun to watch play hockey, and his off-ice exploits are also pretty hilarious. To have the guy on twitter has a lot of comedic potential, but the question remains - will it last? A controversial guy with a particular reputation and a big profile gets a lot of @mentions on the twitter-box, and some of them are super weird. Will he get scared off? If Patrick Kane's first hour on twitter is any indication... Probably yeah.
September 29 2011 12:38AM
This photo rules because it looks like Burrows and Getzlaf are combining to hold one super long stick.
Photo Credit: Mike Blake REUTERS
The Canucks fell behind early to the Ducks in preseason action this evening, eventually losing by a score of 3-2. It was the first game of the preseason in which the Canucks dressed a majority of legitimate NHL skaters, and the "core of the team" looked rusty in spots, but were still generally effective - out-shooting the Ducks by a wide margin.
Jonas Hiller made thirty one saves in the win, several of the larcenous variety, while Luongo looked particularly rusty allowing two weak goals and three goals on twenty-two shots in the loss. The Canucks got goals from Henrik Sedin, Sami Salo on the two man-advantage, and Mark Mancari (who tipped a dangerous cross-crease feed from Cam Fowler into his own team's net). In the last couple of minutes in the game, the Canucks failed to capitalize on a 6-on-3 advantage with Luongo on the bench and two Ducks skater in the penalty-box.