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.
August 10 2011 11:24AM
That's Mark Letestu directly to the right of Sidney Crosby. In part one of Jungle B: Road to the NHL, Letestu gave some insight into his incredible, and rare, ascent up the hockey chain. From a 17-year-old in Junior B in Alberta (Junior C in Ontario), to three years in the AJHL, followed by one year at Western Mighigan and then signing a two-year NHL entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins; Letestu's dream hit a snag in the AHL.
August 09 2011 06:58PM
Craig was a very upright fellow
(Photo credit: Topps via czechfan.com)
The third in a special summer series, CanucksArmy.com author Patrick Johnston will write whatever comes to mind about a random Canucks hero. What is a hero? Patrick's criteria is super secret, but maybe, just maybe, if you pay close attention, you'll figure it out!
It always blew my mind that a hockey player could be from California. Even more mind blowing was the he'd be an enforcer. Here's Craig Coxe, who I always thought of as too upright, and too neglected. He was an enigma to me.
August 09 2011 06:04PM
The late off-season is a time for lazy reflection about hockey. Your team has mostly finished their big moves and important signings, and fans are quibbling about the 4th line center spot. You start to yearn for a pre-season game featuring any player that's available. Even Ben Eager or Darcy Harhardon'tmakemelaughichuk. Here are five things I'm thinking about in the dog days of summer:
August 09 2011 01:28PM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.