October 19 2012 12:59PM
The hole that the NHL lockout has left in our lives is evident anywhere you go on the Internet. Blogs have taken to creating fake seasons, recapping games they didn't watch, and covering their team's AHL affiliate in excruciating detail. We miss our hockey, and more specifically, we miss our teams.
But more than that, as this lockout drags on I'm finding myself missing the culture that surrounds my team, and a big part of that culture is the play-by-play during broadcasts. A key step in falling in love with your local sports team is familiarizing yourself with the voices that represent it. They give a texture to the viewing experience, a narrative for the club's history.
Or, sometimes they just like to regale you with suggestions on how to best enjoy your Kraft Dinner (lots of ketchup).
You know where I'm going with this. Let's take a minute to appreciate the notable calls and quirks of the two main voices of the Vancouver Canucks: John Shorthouse and John Garrett.
October 19 2012 11:38AM
Photo Credit: (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
There should be bigger fish to fry at this point in the NHL lockout, but for whatever shameless reason "Luongo to Toronto" rumours are the hot topic of today. Before we get started, let's remember that Mike Gillis can't chat with Roberto Luongo - who has the right to approve any trade he's involved in - during the lockout. As such this is a purely hypothetical exercise, as are the rumours being bandied about.
For a variety of reasons, Toronto has always made the most sense as a "Luongo destination," and I'm very dubious of the notion that these latest "reports" tell us anything new. But let's track down some scuttlebutt and engage in some skeptical analysis anyway. Read on past the jump.
October 18 2012 04:37PM
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October 18 2012 12:13PM
The elements were not in our favour. But that didn't stop anyone from playing hard and having fun.
It was rainy, windy, and cold. It took me forever to get there, driving from one side of the Lower Mainland to the other. It had all the ingredients to be a long, miserable day. But my day spent volunteering for Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer was one of the most entertaining and fulfilling experiences I have ever had.
October 18 2012 11:02AM
Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images
NHL teams can't trade players during the NHL lockout. But Roberto Luongo trade speculation lives on kind of like cockroaches crawling out from under a rock immediately following a nuclear blast.