What to Watch During the Lockout: Abbotsford Heat

Jeff Angus
September 22 2012 02:19PM

The Abbotsford Heat have had a tough time drawing fans from the Lower Mainland to their games. That should change for the next couple of months, as the AHL is suddenly the best professional hockey league in action this fall. The Heat are the AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames, and many point to the Canucks-Flames rivalry as the culprit behind the low attendance numbers.

Why should you make your way out to Abbotsford this fall for a game? Many reasons. Read on to find them out.

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A Quick Chat with Evan "Public" McEneny

Cam Charron
September 22 2012 12:47PM

Evan McEneny, who signed an ELC with the Canucks last week  despite being undrafted, was in my neck of the woods Friday night with his Kitchener Rangers and I took the opportunity to catch up with him and get to know him a little better. After introducing myself as being from "Canucks Army", he asked if we were the guys who came up with the above photoshop.

Yes... yes we did.

We've been led to believe that your name is pronounced "Mick-ENN-eny", but that's apparently not true.

Nah, it's "MAC-in-enny"

We were wrestling with Public McEneny or McEneny of the State as your nickname. Any preference?

[Laughs] Either… whatever sounds good.

What was your impression of Vancouver when you went in the summer?

It's a great city. It's the most beautiful city I've ever been to so far. I'm really excited about being part of the organization there, the city was great to us and they treated us really well.

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Headshots September 21st

Jeff Angus
September 21 2012 03:14PM

Happy Friday, from Patrick White!

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, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com

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The SYAE Podcast - A Terribly Sad Season Preview

Dimitri Filipovic
September 21 2012 11:31AM

There were plenty of topics for us to talk about on this particular edition of the podcast, ranging from Shane Doan spurning the Canucks, to Alex Burrows' extension, to Roberto Luongo trade talks. And we did in fact wind up discussing some of those topics towards the end of the show.

But for some unbeknownst reason, we decided to record a show that was centered around an in-depth preview of the early season schedule for the Canucks. You read that correctly.

Never have three individuals been more willing to inflict psychological pain on themselves. Two types of people will thoroughly enjoy this podcast - those that wish to be miserable, and those that take satisfaction in the misery of others (just kidding it's actually a pretty funny pod, I swear!).

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Swedish Court Decision Will Allow Edler, Twins to Play Top Level Hockey in Sweden

Thomas Drance
September 21 2012 08:29AM

This is barely relevant, but it's too awesome not to use.
Image via hfboards.

It's a safe bet that former Canucks captain and current Modo General Manager Markus Naslund is enjoying a bottle of bubbly in Sweden this evening.

During the summer, the Elitserien (Swedish Elite League or SEL) rather preposterously decided to forbid clubs from signing locked out NHLers to short-term contracts. That decision was over turned today by the Swedish Comeptition Authority, who ruled the Elitserien's initial decision to be illegal.

As a result, Modo General Manager Markus Naslund is now free to recruit his former Canucks teammates, and other "Modo affiliated NHLers" to come play for a hockey team that has struggled immensely over the past two seasons. You can bet he's breathing a sigh of relief!

Read on past the jump.

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