Hockey it is

It’s tough to trust people on April Fool’s Day. Andrey Pedan really sold his story, but was he telling the truth? Turns out he was. The backstory of how the 22-year-old defenceman began playing hockey is based on a random series of events beginning with his grandmother being taken to the hospital in Moscow, Russia, […]

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What else is on?

“Is jealous the right word?” I asked. “Definitely,” he replied. Bo Horvat gets jealous and he’s not too cool to admit it. The NHL playoffs begin April 13th and the Canucks won’t be taking part. You’re not happy about that and neither are the players. But will you still watch as 16 teams fight for […]

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Bearded redemption

There haven’t been many good times, fun times for the Vancouver Canucks lately. The team is rutted in a nine-game winless streak, having been shutout four times, with only eight goals for, over that stretch. The last time the Canucks won a game, Batman and Superman were peaceful to each other. Yet post-game Monday, following […]

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In the Nik of time

What a difference a week makes. Last Thursday Nikita Tryamkin arrived in Vancouver in the wee morning hours after a pair of grueling flights, from Russia through New York. He was jet lagged and he was lost in translation. One of the first things Tryamkin read about himself referred to him as a tree, which […]

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My hockey mom

During the second intermission Tuesday night in Denver, a mini-dance off broke out between three Canucks moms. “We’re a lot more fun than the dads, aren’t we!!” said one of the moms, busting a move to Young MC’s Bust A Move. Yes, it’s been a vastly different experience having the moms along compared to when […]

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Lena knows best

Of all the mothers who attended Canucks morning skate Tuesday, Lena Markstrom was the only one wearing her son’s jersey. She was the only one taking photos of the Colorado Avalanche, seemingly on a reconnaissance mission gathering intel on the enemy. She was also the only one who gave me the mom eye, while talking […]

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Mom’s trip

When the Vancouver Canucks boarded Air Canucks Monday morning to begin a two-game road trip, the majority of them were freshly shaved, their language was clean, posture outstanding and there wasn’t a wrinkled shirt in the bunch. The Canucks are usually polished to travel, but this was on another level. What gives? “Derek, this is […]

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Shoot to thrill

Matt Bartkowski is a patient man. He has to be in order to keep tradition alive. At the conclusion of warm-up each and every game, Bartkowski makes a point of being the last player on the ice. It’s as reliable as ice is cold and it’s quite comical to watch. Not only that, he always […]

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Ho ho oh no

Ben Hutton had it all planned out, then Jake Virtanen went and messed everything up. The Canucks return home from this six-game road trip in the early morning hours of December 23rd; they have the 23rd, 24th and 25th off, before returning to action boxing day, hosting the Oilers. Three days. Downtime. Holiday time. Family […]

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All Access: Chicago & Minnesota

CanucksTV cameraman Paul Albi does good work. Here’s his latest feature, a behind the scenes look at the first two games of our six-game trip. Not a lot of goals or winning, but the slo-mo is cooooooooooooool. Oh and Albi thinks the Blackhawks ice girl was checking him out. Watch the video and you’ll see […]

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