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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Smooth Turbulence

“Strap in,” said Daniel Sedin as he boarded Air Canucks Tuesday morning. “It’s going to be a bumpy one.” Not cool. Not cool. Not cool. “Why do you say that?” I inquired, eyes bugging out of my head. He pointed towards the cockpit with a look of fear in his eyes. Oh man. Oh man. […]

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#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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