The Perception Problem

Thomas Drance
August 11 2011 01:02PM

I remember the sinking feeling I had walking out of the "Bertuzzi-punch" game when I was in high-school. I turned to my friend and said the words: "I'm embarrassed to be a Canucks fan." I was seventeen at the time, and it wasn't an experience I'd ever had before. I remember it vividly - it was a tough moment, and a dark one. 

I'm getting used to that embarrassment though, sad as it is to say. Yesterday evening - news surfaced about some harassment Milan Lucic has been enduring this summer from a handful of probably young, probably drunk young men. The Courier reports that the frosty reception from some lowest-common denominator Canucks fans has caused Lucic and his family to recalibrate their Cup celebration plans this weekend. The piece, it should be pointed out, doesn't cite a single official complaint or police report - but I don't think it requires a huge leap of faith to accept that most of what the Courier piece claims, sounds pretty likely to have occurred.

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CA Prospect Profiles: Jonathan Iilahti

Cam Davie
August 11 2011 12:10PM

Jonathan Iilahti played some stellar hockey at the international junior level last year.
Will it carry over to the WHL and the Vancouver Giants?
(Photo courtesy Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Being a goaltender in the Vancouver Canucks system must be a curious and interesting phenomenom these days. For starters, Vancouver has long been known as a goalie graveyard, a place where very few goaltenders have succeeded and a place where fans find every single opportunity to rip their netminders to shreds. Then there's the fact that the Canucks currently have Roberto Luongo signed until he's 700 years old, and have a serious trade chip in backup goalie Cory Schneider.

So what does the future look like for young Finnish goaltender and Canucks prospect Jonathan Iilahti?

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Canucks Roster Depth: Right Wing

Cam Davie
August 11 2011 08:50AM

This photo is from Oct 28, 2008. Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.
It looks like it could have been taken in June 2011.
(Photo courtesy NHLI/Getty Images)

Canucks Army continues a series where we look at the depth at each position for the Vancouver Canucks.

In our third installment of our series, we look at the Canucks depth at RIGHT WING.

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Mid-Day Headshots August 10th

Thomas Drance
August 10 2011 03:27PM

Mid-Day Headshots is a CanucksArmy feature where we round up today's freshest Canucks news including funny gifs, awesome videos, cool photos and interesting links. If you've written a Canucks blog-post and want it to be featured here, e-mail me at

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CA Prospect Profiles: Patrick McNally

Thomas Drance
August 10 2011 02:23PM

On the day of the 2010 NHL draft, the Canucks, already bereft of their 2nd and 3rd round picks - which, they'd used to acquire Steve Bernier and Andrew Alberts respectively - traded Michael Grabner, Steve Bernier, and their first round pick (Joey Hishon) for Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich. As a result, the team didn't pick until the fourth round, when they used the 115th pick to select gifted offensive defenseman Patrick McNally from Milton - a prep-school in Massachusetts.

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