Stick Taps – February 19th, 2017

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Stick Taps is a Canucks Army feature where we link to the top news from the Canucks and across the NHL. If you’ve written a blog post, produced a tribute video, birthed a clever .gif into existence, have a hockey related cause you’d like to see promoted in this space or anything else – please tweet or DM us at CanucksArmy on Twitter! 

Local Calling

This week, Corey Hirsch opened up about his struggle with OCD, his near-death and the demons he faced daily during his NHL career, in an emotional and raw letter in the Players Tribune. (The Players Tribune)

The Canucks also hosted their “Hockey Talks” night last night, an initiative that came to be to create awareness for mental illness, upon the death of Rick Rypien. It’s an incredibly important night. (Canucks)

The Canucks unveiled a new statue outside Rogers Arena, depicting Pat Quinn during the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, complete with line-up card. It also includes “Pat’s Bench” which became famous for all the athletes during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. (CKNW)

As the NHL trade deadline nears, Ben Kuzma points out that it is never easy to say goodbye. (The Province)

The Canucks have performed better than expected, but they’ve disappointed as well. Jason Botchford has his top ten disappointments. (The Province)

Nationwide Calling

Staying close to home, Jeff Paterson had a bold idea this week — make Bo Horvat the Canucks captain this summer, before Henrik Sedin retires. Would the Sharks model work for the Canucks? (Canucks Army)

Also right here, Jeremy Davis makes a compelling argument for why Brandon Sutter just isn’t worth the money. (Canucks Army)

Moving east, the Flames have called-up for Canuck Matt Bartkowski. “Where does he fit in?” asks Ari Yanover(Flames Nation)

Over in Detroit, Gustav Nyquist was suspended this week for a scary spearing incident. (Wings Nation)

Need a break from hockey? Spring Training is getting underway in the MLB and soon baseball will be back on your television set. See when you can watch the Blue Jays. (Blue Jays Nation)

More Great Content

The Dallas Stars welcome back Dave Strader to the broadcast booth, who has been getting treatment for cancer. The Stars won in overtime and paid tribute to the play-by-play man. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Former Canuck Mike Weaver has developed a new hockey app. (Global Toronto)

The “bye-week” could be bad for the NHL. (Puck Daddy)

Seattle is still mid-arena fight, but an investor thinks the NHL is a better bet than the NBA. (Puck Daddy)

Claude Julien has taken over as the Canadiens head coach. (CBC)