August 15 2011 07:42PM
James Mirtle tweeted the news this evening that Rick Rypien was found dead in his Alberta home today. The cause of death is not yet known, but we'll update this post as we get more information.
In his time with the Canucks, Rick Rypien was the definition of a warrior, and one of the best technical fighters I've ever seen on hockey-skates. His ability to fight larger guys (Rypien was a shade under 6 feet), and not just hold his own - but often win - won him a special place in the hearts of Vancouver Canucks fans.
August 15 2011 01:28PM
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August 15 2011 11:33AM
Since ganking the Atlanta Thrashers, renaming them the Jets and releasing a spiffy new logo, Winnipeg is squarely on the National stage as they get ready to bring NHL hockey to Manitoba for the first time in 15 years. The City is hotter than the Keegan Bradley fan club and they are getting ready for one hell of a party.
With that in mind we fired up the imaginary WanyeJet and visited friendly Manitoba for the past several days. What we found was pretty bloody awesome.
August 15 2011 11:06AM
At Canucks training camp last year, the promising six-foot three Swedish defenseman Peter Andersson was the toast of camp. The team was comparing him to Alex Edler in the press and marvelling at his combination of size, speed and skill with the puck. Drafted in the 5th round of the 2009 NHL draft - Peter Andersson was hailed as another excellent find by the Canucks European scouting bureau. And why not? Andersson was bouncing around between the Frolunda U18s and 20s in his draft year, then as a nineteen year old made the Swedish World Jr. team, played well, earned a contract with the Canucks and broke in on Frolunda's third pairing by the end of the 2009/10 season. Coming into training camp this year, however, Andersson has lost a fair bit of his "exciting prospect" lustre - the large twenty-year old is coming off of a disappointing 2010/11 season, and his progress appears to have flatlined.
August 15 2011 12:18AM
In what can only be described as 'epic' - Robin Brownlee makes his inaugural appearance on NationRadio this week. After 25 episodes of refusing to appear as a guest, the legend vaults right into the big chair taking the reins as the host, filling in for Lowetide who is on a well deserved vacation. And he flipped through his rolodex and booked some pretty spectacular guests.
Not one but TWO Edmonton Oilers are on the show this week as Sam Gagner and Ryan Whitney stop by to say hello. Newly re-signed Oilers play by play man Kevin Quinn comes by too, to put the rumours of a multi-million dollar contract to bed. Oh yeah, and Oilers Head Scout Stu MacGregor? He's here too.
This is some amazing NationRadio.