Hockey Superstitions

The Stanchion
November 10 2011 12:44PM



Superstitions in sports. We all know they exist. In fact, many of us fans have our own superstitions we follow. Some people wear the same jersey on game day. Some make sure to have the same type of meal before an important game. Or some might be like me and stare at the wall trying to infuse all of our hatred at the hockey gods into one solitary point so that we can somehow use it to gain control over them and pay them back for all the crap they’ve pulled on us Canucks fans so for one moment, one measly moment, they can feel the anguish we’ve felt, year after year after…..

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On the road with Dan and Patrick

Cam Charron
November 10 2011 08:23AM

(Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

The scene: Fresh off a 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues, a few members of the Chicago Blackhawks go out for some beers. Daniel Carcillo and Patrick Kane have a few too many and are left to find their own way back to the hotel. Missing wakeup call, the team accidently leaves without them, leaving Carcillo and Kane to find their own way to Columbus...

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Can Teams Win By Taking Higher Quality Shots?

Jonathan Willis
November 09 2011 11:05PM

Shot quality is a hot-button issue among people who spend time trying to learn about the game of hockey through statistical analysis.

Intuitively, we all know that shot quality exists. A quick blast from center ice immediately prior to a line change is far less likely to score than a superstar taking a shot on a breakaway. The question, then, isn’t whether shot quality exists – we know it does – but whether teams can use it to help them win games.

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Headshots November 9th

Thomas Drance
November 09 2011 02:37PM

The above image is courtesy HFboards user Chairman Maouth via TheStanchion.

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail me at

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Countdown to Launch: The Russian Rocket's Top 10 Canucks Moments.

Jeff Angus
November 09 2011 01:01PM

The 20th anniversary of Pavel Bure’s first game as a Canuck was this past Saturday. Trevor Linden may be the greatest Canuck of all time, but Pavel was the best. At his peak, he made you want to catch every second of Canucks games (sure would be nice to have him on the team nowadays for those Minnesota divisional games…). Throughout his career, he was the fastest and most powerful skater in the league. He had Sidney Crosby’s strength and Marian Gaborik’s acceleration (and then some), combined with Alex Ovechkin’s hunger for scoring goals.

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