#Farewell2TheJoe

The Canucks didn’t practice Wednesday in Detroit, so arriving at the rink Thursday morning was their first chance to take a final look around Joe Louis Arena. The Joe, which opened on December 12, 1979, will be demolished after this season as the Red Wings move downtown to Little Caesars Arena. It’ll be new, it’ll […]

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Work, work, work, work, work

Last Wednesday night, following a game in Montreal, the Canucks bused to Ottawa for their game Thursday night. The drive, roughly two hours, had us in Ottawa around 1:30 a.m., but we detoured on our route to the hotel. You’ve got to be kidding me, an exhausted Derek thought to himself, where could we be […]

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Brotherly Love

The friends and family area the Canucks visit post-game at rival arenas can take on one of two tones: following a Vancouver win it’s a jovial, happy place filled with laughter, high-fives and fist bumps. After a loss, it’s muted and melancholy, everyone wishing they were meeting under cheerier circumstances. Erik Gudbranson is happy to […]

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Burr’s Hab-it

“Welcome to the best rink in the world boys!” Alex Burrows didn’t hold back his affection for the Bell Centre Wednesday when the Canucks arrived for morning skate. As he, Philip Larsen, Jake Virtanen, Sven Baertschi and Alex Biega checked out the digs from the visiting team tunnel, Burrows talked about how rowdy the Bell […]

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Sven’s Halloween

“Hey man, any chance you could send me an old Halloween photo from when you were young?” That’s the text message I sent to a few Canucks last week, hoping to fill the Canucks social feeds with adorable or awkward Halloween photos on October 31st. Sven Baertschi texted back six spooky words: “Never dressed up […]

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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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