Keeping in touch

When Luca Sbisa was drafted 19th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2008, he was 18-years-old. He was on top of the world. If you’ve ever tried to reason with an 18-year-old, it can be difficult, what with them having the answers to all of life’s questions already. “I’m glad the Flyers talked some sense […]

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Dress & drive

During our ride to practice Wednesday in Philadelphia, the Canucks team bus was filled with a certain smell. It wasn’t good, but it wasn’t nauseating – on the way there, that is. Post-practice, one whiff of this je ne sais quoi hockey odour would have been enough to offend a skunk. Having 23 players ride […]

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Business in the front, party in the back

What are the odds. Last Thursday, December 8th, at 7 p.m., Ben Hutton sat in a stall beside Erik Gudbranson in the visiting dressing room at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay. The Canucks were coming off a tough loss in New Jersey and Hutton wanted to do something to fire the boys up. He proclaimed, […]

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Thatched up

Pardon me? Following a 4-3 loss to the Senators in Binghamton Friday night, Utica Comets goaltender Thatcher Demko walked passed head coach Travis Green. “You’re going tomorrow,” Green said, to which Demko took to mean he’d be starting Saturday in Syracuse. “The flight is first thing in the morning,” added Green, smiling as he walked […]

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Megnaificent

Jason, Jaysen, Jaison. Maybe even Jacen. But I’ve never seen Jayson. I asked Jayson Megna about the unique spelling of his name Thursday after the Canucks morning skate in Tampa Bay and he said his dad’s name is Jay, and he’s Jay’s son, so his parents literally named him Jayson. His younger brother, a defenceman […]

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Bulldog’s return

Alex Biega is excited to skate backwards again. The 28-year-old defencemen will return to the Canucks line-up Thursday night when Vancouver plays Tampa Bay; Biega will replace the injured Philip Larsen and skate alongside Nikita Tryamkin. Biega has played only one game this season and it was at forward. Did I mention he’s a defenceman? […]

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Beep boop

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Actually this story happened today, in this galaxy, in the visitor’s dressing room at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. When the Canucks arrived at practice Monday, the home of the Devils was quiet. As the team gathered for a meeting, Jon Abbott (play-by-play […]

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Friends – for life

Bo Horvat is one of the most popular guys in the Canucks dressing room – for good reason. Being one of Horvat’s friends means he’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour. He’ll be there for you, like he’s been there before. He’ll be there for you, ‘cause you’re there for him […]

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Happy Birthday Ben?!

When Ben Hutton arrived at Gila River Arena Thursday morning, assistant equipment manager Brian Hamilton (Red) asked the defenceman if he was taking part in the optional practice. Hutton shook his head no, to which Red joked that he didn’t have time to practice because of the big news and all the text messages he’d […]

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Go for Joe

When we arrived in Glendale, Arizona, Tuesday night, I shook hands with the recently recalled Joe LaBate, welcoming him to the team. “Thanks,” he grinned, “but that photo? Come on!” Photo? Huh? I was as lost in that moment as you are reading this. Then it hit me: when we recalled the forward from Utica […]

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