Patrick Burke on You Can Play's focus, gendered insults, and Kesler's Upcoming PSA

Thomas Drance
June 11 2012 02:24PM

You Can Play President Patrick Burke (left) and his father Brian from a YCP PSA from earlier this year.
Stick-tap to Puck Daddy for the screen grab.

Editors note: Patrick Burke is a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers and the President of the You Can Play Project, an organization that was founded in honour of Patrick's openly gay brother Brendan, who perished in a tragic car accident on February 5th, 2010. Over the past several months, Patrick and You Can Play have been producing a series of public service announcements starring some of the biggest names in the hockey world. These PSAs have one simple message: an athlete's sexual orientation shouldn't and doesn't matter: if you can perform on the ice (or on the field, or on the mound, or on the hardwood) you belong there: "if you can play, you can play."

It's an apolitical message, a message of tolerance and respect. The goal is to combat homophobia in the locker room, and to create an environment where gay athletes, at the professional or amateur level, can feel safe to come out to their teammates and to the public.

Tomorrow, You Can Play will roll out another PSA, starring Canucks centre and Selke winner Ryan Kesler. Earlier today, we caught up with Patrick and chatted about how Kesler is a perfect fit for the campaign, about gendered insults in sports, about the importance of You Can Play remaining an apolitical movement, and about how you're not going to accomplish your goals, if you're constantly getting outraged. 

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Craig MacTavish Steps Down as Wolves Head Coach

Thomas Drance
June 11 2012 11:39AM


It has been announced today that the Canucks and Craig MacTavish, a team employee who was the head-coach of Vancouver's AHL affiliate club the Chicago Wolves, are parting ways. Craig MacTavish has stepped down to "pursue other opportunities" and in particular, other opportunities in the Edmonton Oilers front-office.

It had been speculated that Mac-T was preparing to re-join the Edmonton Oilers, albeit not in a head-coaching capacity, and sure enough only moments after the news broke that he was stepping down in Chicago, the Oilers confirmed that MacTavish will join the organization as the Senior VP of Hockey Operations.

Click past the jump for more.

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Nation Radio - June 9, 2012

June 10 2012 09:52PM

Might the Oilers pass on Yakupov and Grigorenko to select defenseman Ryan Murray?

Before you know it, it'll be draft day and hockey fans across the country are wondering: who will the Oilers select with the first overall pick? Will Lowe, Tambellini and company select speedy winger Nail Yakupov or highly touted centre Mikhail Grigorenko (whose stock seems to be taking a hit of late)? Or, might the Oilers reach and take a guy like Ryan Murray who may not have Yakupov's pedigree, but would address an area of need for the club?

Allan has plenty of draft talk on the docket this week. He's joined by former GM and player agent Tom Lynn and prospect experts Corey Pronman, Michael Spidel and Kirk Luedeke. Cam Charron stops by to talk a bit about the Calder Cup Finals, and Jeff Krushell joins Allan as well to talk athletic performance and player injuries.

This is Nation Radio.

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Cheers and Jeers - June 8th

Cam Davie
June 08 2012 04:05PM

The Good and the Bad of this past week.

It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of... "Cheers and Jeers!"

This week, I keep it close to home with some cheers and jeers to my boys from Maple Ridge and CanucksArmy.

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Canucks scoring chance totals: 2011-12

Cam Charron
June 08 2012 03:18PM

Thom Drance and I at Canucks Army, along with many other hockey analysts, like to use numbers like "Corsi" and "Fenwick", which measure on-ice player shot differentials throughout the season. But critics of simple shot indicators like to say that these numbers don't matter because they don't take into account the quality of a shot.

So Thom and I seeked to reconcile this by sitting in front of the TV and watching every minute of every game, sober even, and recording every single quality shot. A web application helps us find out who was on the ice for every single scoring chance.

We're given a sheet at the end of every game, we post it here, and then we count them up. In the absence of much else better to do today, I figure we'd share our data with the world.

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