Blogs

 

Getting Closer - SEP.26.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/raymond_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4>It’ been a while since I’ve blogged but as you’ve probably noticed, there’s just not a lot of time with the road trip, the games, the practices, and… dare I say, time to rest? – well not much of it any way. My parents were in town last week to visit and it was really nice to have them here and to have familiar faces ar

Mason Raymond

Mason Raymond

 

Road Rage - SEP.24.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>By my count, the Canucks have won the Stanley Cup several times and, since their inception into the league, have been the most successful Canadian team besides Montreal. I'm not talking about my NHL08 league either, this is real. I'm not usually one to bellyache about the inequalities in the NHL, but this one drives me up

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

 

An Open Letter to "That Guy" - SEP.24.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/macri_headshot.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>We’ve all seen him. He’s the guy we talk about on the car ride home from the rink. He takes up residence in every stadium throughout North America, looking vaguely similar whether in Columbus or Calgary. He’s “That Guy,” and I have a few things to say to him: 1. To that guy who always sits behind me and shouts out inst

Mike Macri

Mike Macri

 

On With The Show* - SEP.21.07

<table width=90%><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/mikeblog.gif border=0 align=left hspace=4 vspace=1>Raise your hands if you can't stand the Flames or Oilers. (Those of you who didn't can go walk into oncoming traffic. No no, don't do that, you could end up hurting someone's car) Sure, it's only a preseason game, but Wednesday night was a quick glimpse into the tempo and atmosphere of what facing the Calgary Flames, Version 3.Keenan-0,

Mike the Yankee

Mike the Yankee

 

15 days

<table width=90% align=center border=0><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/henderson_headshot.jpg align=left hspace=4>I settled in last night, with a couple of sudoku puzzles and the radio tuned to Tom and Shorty calling the Flames/Canucks pre-season tilt. I love those guys. As a buddy of mine always says, you can listen in at any point in the game and instantly tell how the Canucks are doing by the tone of Larscheid’s voice. Normally I

Nancy Henderson

Nancy Henderson

 

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Adequacy - SEP.19.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/macri_headshot.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>Wayne Gretzky once said, "A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." I feel the same way about bloggers. Only replace the word "puck" with "story", and the term "hockey player" with "blogger." Actually, that doesn't make much sense at all. I suppose what I'

Mike Macri

Mike Macri

 

NHL Debut - SEP.17.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/raymond_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4>Our last day in Victoria was definitely a quick one. We left the hotel up at Bear Mountain at around 9 o’clock to go to the Save on Foods Memorial arena. There were tons of people waiting outside even though it was cold and raining. Now that’s dedication you can only get here. The intra-squad game was really a lot fu

Mason Raymond

Mason Raymond

 

Chequing In - SEP.17.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>NHL players are totally underpaid. Yes, underpaid. How can a player who makes millions of dollars a year be underpaid? How can someone who plays a game for a living be considered a bargain? It's really quite simple. It all makes sense when you compare these players to other professions in the world. If NHL training cam

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

 

On The Hunt - Sep.15.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/raymond_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4>I’m looking forward to the intrasquad game tomorrow. Since it is my first training camp and I’ve never participated in one of these games, I’m not really sure what to expect. I don’t know who I’m playing with yet but whoever they pair me up with, I’ve got to make work so it doesn’t really matter who I’m playing with.

Mason Raymond

Mason Raymond

 

Old Timer - SEP.15.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/kesler_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=2 hspace=6>After five training camps, what’s different about it is that I feel more comfortable this year. All of the other years, I didn’t really know all the guys that well and this year is kind of like family and coming home. Every year, they change the systems a lot so there’s still something to learn every year, which is goo

Ryan Kesler

Ryan Kesler

 

Tips & Shaving - SEP.15.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/ellington3_09062007_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4>I was just saying how good the fans were back in Everett, then I figured out people were posting messages at the bottom of this blog (don’t ask me why it took me this long to poke around this page). So what’s the first thing I see? A bunch of posts from Silvertips fans. See, I wasn’t making that up. Best fan

Taylor Ellington

Taylor Ellington

 

Fishing For Gear - SEP.14.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/ellington3_09062007_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4>It's day two already and I’m tired. The pace is waaay faster here than back in junior. It’s hard to keep up. I know my coach back in Everett is reading this, so let me say that I don't think your practices are easier, it's just that everything here is faster. Are we good?!? Anyway, I don’t know how these

Taylor Ellington

Taylor Ellington

 

Not an Easy Task - SEP.14.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/raymond_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4>My new roommate has joined me on this blogging venture and to tell you the truth, after writing blogs for the past week and a half or so, I have zero advice for him. I don’t think it’s as easy as it seems and trying to come up with stuff to say everyday can sometimes be hard but I guess just being yourself makes for the be

Mason Raymond

Mason Raymond

 

Not Justified - SEP.14.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/kesler_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=2 hspace=6>Okay, so I never actually read any of Burr’s blogs last year but I’ve been told my name’s been mentioned a couple of times. Well let me tell you something that I’m sure he’s never mentioned in any of his blogs. Just recently, I bought him tickets to the Justin Timberlake concert and every time I ask him, it seems like he d

Ryan Kesler

Ryan Kesler

 

First Go - SEP.13.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/kesler_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=2 hspace=6>So here it goes: first blog on canucks.com. I’ll be the first to say, I’m not completely sure about writing all this much, but I’ll give it a shot. If Burrows could do it... So, most asked question so far has been what I did this summer. Coming off the injury, I had a lot of time off without skating, so I started in e

Ryan Kesler

Ryan Kesler

 

Back At It - SEP.13.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/ellington3_09062007_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4>Okay, so right off the top, I’m on my third roommate of training camp – which is good since it means I’m advancing. Last night I had Willie Mitchell, he’s such a good guy. I don’t know why, but rooming with him really calmed me down. I guess it’s because he’s easy-going and really friendly. And he’s an Island

Taylor Ellington

Taylor Ellington

 

New Camp, New Roommate - SEP.13.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/raymond_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4>We had a couple of days off before main camp so a couple of us went golfing up here at Bear Mountain. I went with Cory Schneider and Chad Brownlee bright and early at around 8 o’clock. Taylor Ellington was supposed to come with us but he slept in instead. I have to admit, I’m not a good golfer even though my mom and da

Mason Raymond

Mason Raymond

 

Going for #2 - SEP.12.07

<table width=90% align=center border=0><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/henderson_headshot.jpg align=left hspace=4>Louie’s back in town and apparently, more determined that ever. Woo-hoo! Bring on the season. The puppy boys are battling it out for a chance to show off at the main camp, with Coach Vigneault delightfully playing them like little violins – praising them one day, slapping them upside the head the next. From all reports,

Nancy Henderson

Nancy Henderson

 

Saving the Chestnuts - SEP.12.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/macri_headshot.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>Hello, and welcome to my weblog (or “blog”). For this first one, I’m not going to write about the upcoming season, or anything that happened in the offseason for that matter. Nor am I going to venture an opinion on the new jerseys (even though I feel that it is a topic that still needs fleshingout). Instead, I’m going to

Mike Macri

Mike Macri

 

Moving On - SEP.10.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/ellington3_09062007_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4> I don’t quite know how to describe this feeling. I’m exhausted and elated. I knew I had a good day today, but I really didn’t know what the coaches were seeing. I got the word I was moving on to main camp as soon as we finished dryland training. What can I say about that? I know it’s a cliché, but it truly

Taylor Ellington

Taylor Ellington

 

Moving to Step Two - SEP.10.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/raymond_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4>It’s been a long week but I’m happy to get the four days out of the way and happy to go to main camp on Thursday. The prospects camp is a good warm-up to the main camp and I’m excited for that. I feel like I’ve accomplished one step on the way to where I want to be and main camp is just step two. Coming into this camp

Mason Raymond

Mason Raymond

 

Local Perks - SEP.09.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/ellington3_09062007_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4> When I agreed to write a blog for prospects camp, I had no idea it was going to be this hard. I’ve been trying to brew up a topic for the past hour and I’m still drawing a blank. Of course NFL Sunday and the final game of the Summit Series isn’t helping my focus much. I guess I should start off by talkin

Taylor Ellington

Taylor Ellington

 

Five on Five - SEP.09.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/raymond_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4>The first two days were leading up to today: we finally got to play some five on five hockey. Since today was the first day we did five on five, there was definitely a different feeling out on the ice and took a little getting used to at first. There was some scrambling in our own zone with guys not sure exactly where

Mason Raymond

Mason Raymond