Gillis' Canuck Canvas

Kristian Urstad
January 28 2010 05:18PM

I find myself thinking that something about the Canucks looks right these days.

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Tough Guys

James C Edgington
January 28 2010 02:14PM

There are many NHL teams that covet tough-guy players. Players like Carcillo, Ott and Laraque can earn a very good living from playing the role of a pugilist or for administering bone-shaking body checks to opposing players. Some even act as a bodyguard who protect their teams’ star players. Athletes who compete at this level are often admired by both fans and coaches for the ability to display a combination of toughness and skill.

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Around the league - Jan 28, 2010

Jason Gregor
January 28 2010 11:07AM

It is January 28th, 2010 and Alberta is rebounding nicely from a financially tough 2009, but if the first month of the New Year is any indication, then 2010 will be much harder on the hearts of hockey fans in Canada’s richest province than 2009 was on their wallets.

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Schadenfreude

Stephen Webb
January 28 2010 08:43AM

Nikolai Khabibulin, Bengt Gustafsson and Pekka Rinne just to name a few. Hockey fans tend to have to deal with some of the more difficult names in North American professional sports.

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The Heroic Character of Alex Burrows

Kristian Urstad
January 27 2010 10:58AM

In the historical sense of the word, there is something very heroic about Alex Burrows. And I’m not just thinking about the narrative of his career, though this too borders on the epic. From riding buses as an undrafted player in the ECHL, to grinding it out on the Manitoba Moose (while spending the summers playing ball hockey), to splitting a season between the Canucks and the Moose, to playing a full season for the Canucks but predominantly as a penalty killer and agitator, to playing an effective and passionate third-line role, to (at age 29 nonetheless) one of the more dangerous and multifaceted players in the NHL – this is certainly a story of struggle and transcendence that should not escape our notice and admiration.

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