October 11 2012 09:11AM
Photo Credit: Jeremy Lim.
Were it not for the lockout, tonight would mark the culmination of a long offseason and the start of regular season Canucks hockey. If not for the business realities of 21st Century Professional Sports, the Vancouver Canucks would be headed to Calgary to play (and probably soundly defeat) an undermanned Flames club.
In an ideal world we'd have updates from practice this afternoon, and Canucks fans would bitch about Alain Vigneault's newest, weird line combinations. Cory Schneider would be poised to debut as the team's starter, and the fans would be giddy about getting to watch a flurry of back-hand saucer passes from "Henrik to Daniel, back to Henrik, to Daniel again at the side of the net, back to Henrik to Burrows in front GOOAL!"...
Alas, the NHL season won't begin tonight, and it probably won't begin any time soon (the soonest it could begin is October 25th - but don't hold your breathe). So instead of previewing the game, we'll preview some alternative entertainment options you might consider in the absence of NHL hockey...
Read on past the jump.
October 10 2012 10:02PM
Fellow Nations contributer Andrey Osadchenko and I have started making highlight packs in English for the KHL youtube channel this season. Like them? We can make it a regular feature here at the Nations.
October 10 2012 05:28PM
Tweeter Marcus Haebar fools around with Siri, and look what he gets. That's no good.
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October 10 2012 10:05AM
A few weeks back, our very own Jeff Angus laid out a few options for Canucks fans that were in desperate need of hockey to watch and follow this fall. I was in complete agreeance with him on this. Seemingly, the best option was the Vancouver Giants, who play in an easily accessible location, and have rather affordable ticket prices. And there's also the fact that Western Hockey League hockey can be really fun to watch.
Unfortunately, whoever took our advice has been left with a relatively sour taste in their mouth, as the Giants have sluggishly started out the season with a 2-5 record. I still think there are plenty of reasons for optimism, but it's not the start that you would have ideally liked to see. Especially with the opening they have in Vancouver hockey circles, given the state of the NHL.
I reached out to Cody Nickolet, who has his finger on the pulse of the WHL as much as anyone, to discuss what fans should be expecting of the Vancouver Giants going forward, and the general state of the league.
Click Past the Jump to Read our Discussion.
October 09 2012 07:37PM
We are now at that stage in the lockout process where everyone starts to make up alternate realities for what might be, or might have been. Well, almost everyone one. Others have been living in an alternate reality for a long time now.
This is the little-known back-up stage in the grieving process, which can be subbed in if you want to skip one of the traditional stages. Since clearly nobody is interested in the bargaining stage, we've replaced it with using your imagination so we can keep things moving along.
I like to call it Blogs With Crystal Balls...