Brock ‘n’ Roll

As far as consolation prizes go, Brock Boeser got a dandy. Friday afternoon Boeser, a forward in his sophomore season at the University of North Dakota, was playing in the quarterfinals of the NCAA men’s hockey tournament. Boeser and the Fighting Hawks lost to the Terriers 4-3 in double overtime, opening the door for Boeser […]

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A small price to pay

If you had your fingers crossed for Joe LaBate, you can uncross them. When the Vancouver Canucks visited the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this week, LaBate’s dad Joe and brother Peter were in attendance. Bad news: LaBate wasn’t in the line-up. Good news: he was allowed to watch the game in the stands with his family. […]

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Lather, rinse & repeat?

Every game, there’s a tweet. Is there a guy on the Canucks named Shampoo? No, no there is not. “I’ve heard so many variations of my last name over the years,” laughed Canucks forward Michael Chaput. “Cha-put, Cha-put, Cha-poo, Cha-piew, Ka-put, and ya, Shampoo. I’ve heard it so many different ways, I just answer to […]

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The new normal

To the untrained eye, Vancouver’s pre-game warm-up looks like mayhem. Players are flying every which way, pucks are being fired left and right and even flipped up high as can be. There’s stretching and line rushes and water breaks and warm-up shots in an empty net and warm-up shots for the goaltenders. It’s like watching […]

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Team Goldy

Timing is everything. Friday was a team day off in Los Angeles, which means cameras away, leave the guys alone, do your own thing. I did some work from my room before meeting a friend for breakfast. Then camerawoman extraordinaire Jessica McNeill and I fancied some sun and planned to walk around downtown LA. We […]

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Cramarossa claimed

Joseph Cramarossa was in a reclined plastic chair overlooking an infinity pool, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with three minutes until the 2017 trade deadline. He didn’t get a call from the Anaheim Ducks letting him know he’d been placed on waivers, so he wasn’t expecting a call if someone claimed […]

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Changing of the guard

Not many things are guaranteed in life, but aboard Air Canucks three things are – or were. The first is quality peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The PB to J ratio is perfect and they’re freshly made, aka no jelly seepage into the bread. They’re diagonally cut and individually wrapped without any jelly leakage onto […]

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Crisis averted

When the Yost family arrived at the United Center in Chicago this past Sunday, anticipation to watch the Canucks face the Blackhawks was high. Jason and Mary, alongside their three kids, Lincoln (7), Oakley (7) and Vienna (3), made the two-hour drive down from Janesville, Wisconsin, as they always do, to see their Canucks in […]

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Lockdown

Granlund, Markus Granlund. When the 23-year-old Finish forward got to the team hotel in Chicago Saturday evening, a circle of Canucks were waiting, watching and giggling in the lobby. Pulling his suitcase up to the key table, where each player’s name was on an envelope with their key and room number inside, he noticed his […]

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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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