October 30 2014 02:06PM
I've been researching this topic for a while now. Over the summer I had many friends who are professional hockey players relay stories to me of life growing up playing the game and of life on the road from team to team. At the same time, I was reading biographies of players from all levels that had one thing in common: they didn't know where to turn once the game was gone.
I originally wrote this article for my own blog. It got a LOT of traction, but not enough. The audience here at Canucks Army is a million times more then my little blog so I figured I would put it out here so more eyes can see it. It's a very important piece that nobody ever thinks about. Nobody ever thinks about the other side of the game. The dark side, if you will. This here is the tale of little Johnny Hockey (no, not Johnny Gaudreau, this is just a fictitious name) as he works his life away to the game he loves. This story has been pieced together from true stories that happened to hockey players around the world.
Read past the jump.
October 30 2014 11:55AM
We are back for another week of the Canucks Army Weekly Prospect report! In this week we cover all the non-Comets prospects from the success of Cole Cassels in the OHL, the return of Jake VIrtanen in the WHL, the start of the NCAA schools, the high percentages coming out of the ECHL and the rise of young defencemen in European mens leagues.
Continue past the jump for more.
October 29 2014 01:29PM
Welcome to a new feature here on Canucks Army and all sites on the Nation Network: What Would You Do Wednesday, where we put you, yes YOU, in charge of your own imaginary Vancouver Canucks. We'll present you with a different scenario each week, and you tell us how you'd solve it in the comments section below. Give props to the answers you do like and trash the ones you don't. Easy! So let's get started:
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October 29 2014 09:31AM
The Nation Network brings you the Nation Minute, a rapid fire look around the network and the NHL. On tap this week, Draisaitl, Scrivens, Wideman, Vrbata, the Leafs and more.
October 28 2014 11:41PM
Tonight on Sportsnet: CAR vs VAN pic.twitter.com/YOc34ws9kP— Gráinne (@wholegrainne) October 29, 2014
As hockey fans, and hockey fans that experienced the 2010-2011 season, we're kinda jaded by the whole hockey thing sometimes. We love this game and this team and watch every game we can, yet still complain on a fairly regular basis about the entertainment value in games. "Ugh, a Tuesday night game against Carolina? What a snoozefest waiting to happen. Waste of time," you might find yourself saying as you plan your entire day around looking forward to watching that game that night.
Well, true to form, Tuesday night's game against Carolina wasn't exactly a barnburner, but it was a 4-1 win, and a game that the Canucks needed to keep pace in what's going to be a vicious and unforgiving playoff race in the Western Conference. Read past the jump for a recap.