What The Canucks Want In Their Stockings This Year

The holiday season is upon us once again, and it’s the end of a year full of both naughty and nice for the Vancouver Canucks. As a whole, the Canucks weren’t on their best behaviour in 2018, but there was plenty of good from individual players and thus plenty of reason to hand out some stocking stuffers.

However the members of the Vancouver Canucks celebrate this time of year, here’s what they’ll really be wishing for over the holidays. (With tongue planted firmly in cheek, of course.)


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Elias Pettersson

What can you get for the man who has—and can do—everything? Reese’s Pieces? Commercial-specific acting lessons? Mike Matheson on the end of an Erik Gudbranson uppercut? Pettersson is practically on another plane of existence right now, so he’s impossible to shop for.


Brock Boeser

Fighting lessons from Gino Odjick and headlocking lessons from Brian Burke.


Bo Horvat

Two captain’s patches—one for his Vancouver jersey, and one for his Pacific Division All-Stars jersey.

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Nikolay Goldobin

The return of Nikita Tryamkin, so that Goldy doesn’t have to be the sole focus of the Vancouver media’s traditional “Russian Player Has Bad Attitude?” narrative.


Jake Virtanen

Virtanen can buy whatever he wants for himself as soon as he wises up and trademarks #ShotgunJake so he can start selling sick merch on the side.


Jacob Markstrom

Some leaguewide recognition as a legitimate starting goaltender after the month he just had.

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Alex Edler

For everyone to stop passive-aggressively suggesting he should leave the place he’s called home for the past twelve years and finally respect him as one of the franchise’s all-time greatest defensemen.


Chris Tanev

A set of Toronto Maple Leafs pajamas and the ability to retroactively wear them during his childhood.

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Ben Hutton

To be allowed to eat carbs again.


Troy Stecher

For the Department of Player Safety to get their collective head out of their collective ass.


Sven Baertschi

The same thing as Stecher, but also for a Swiss upset in the World Juniors so he has sole bragging rights in the dressing room when he returns.


Josh Leivo

A new contract that has an “Always Plays With Pettersson and Boeser” clause in it.


Loui Eriksson

A return to the old, pre-union days when NHL contracts were kept under wraps and nobody knew what any individual player was earning. Suddenly, he’s lovable again.


Erik Gudbranson

For the Rogers Arena DJ to play the theme from Punch-Out!! every time he uppercuts an opponent into oblivion.


Brandon Sutter

For Canuck fans to remember that he exists and stop mentally penciling Jack Hughes into his lineup spot.


Antoine Roussel

For broadcasters to stop confusing him for Dominic Roussel—a mediocre goaltender who played 205 career games two decades ago. Seriously, how does that keep happening?


Markus Granlund

As the team’s most versatile player, Granlund really seems like the kind of guy who would ask for something practical, like sheets or towels.


Adam Gaudette

A time machine so he can go back to when he was 16 and choose a slightly less haughty Twitter handle than @Hockey_Gaud.


Jay Beagle

For faceoffs to suddenly become more important than every other hockey stat, and for an immediate ban on sports reporters’ use of dog puns.


Tyler Motte

A sponsorship deal with Mott’s, the makers of Clamato. They’re a major hockey sponsor already, and this is an opportunity for corporate synergy that has been overlooked for too long.


Derrick Pouliot

A positive stat on his statline. Just one! That’s all he’s asking for!


Tim Schaller

For Gaudette’s time machine to remain uninvented, so that Jim Benning can’t go back in time and un-sign Schaller’s UFA contract.


Anders Nilsson

For the NHL to be more like the IIHF World Championships.


Michael Del Zotto

To be named as the new official DJ of Rogers Arena, so that he has something to keep him busy on game nights.


Alex Biega

For everyone to continue not noticing that he’s parlayed a one-time emergency callup into a lowkey legitimate NHL career.


Jim Benning

A couple of those free amnesty buyouts in the next CBA. A limit on contract lengths wouldn’t hurt, either, if Santa thinks he’s been real good this year.


Travis Green

A replica Hulkbuster armor so he can finally complete his transformation into a replica Mark Ruffalo.

  • Dirty30

    For the whole team — continued success!

    Realistically— Best gift that keeps giving is for the refs to call the obvious stuff — head shots and blatant sticks to the face — consistently and cautiously… err on the side of player safety and make it up with a phantom call if needed … but call those blatant penalties!

    Have a wonderful holiday season whatever you’re celebrating!

  • Kanuckhotep

    For the Canucks to believe in themselves enough to shoot for the post season in April. They’re presently a lot closer to that than “getting Jack Hughes” so they might as well go for it. What fan, coach or owner seriously wants to see a nose dive from their team? Anyway hope everyone enjoys the holidays.