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For my first Clay’s Canucks Composition of 2013, I assembled four of the most talented Canucks fans around to put together a song to mark the start of the shortened 2013 season. Thus, I’m thrilled to present to you Season of Cup (based on Seasons of Love from RENT).

You’ll likely recognize most of the singers in this fun video. Marie Hui helped me with my Canucks Medley in November 2011 while Arielle Tuliao and I got together for Don’t Stop Believing back in April for the Canucks’ playoff run. I’ve been wanting to get these two amazing ladies together for a collaboration and I’m thrilled we made it happen!

The guys aren’t too shabby either. Joseph San Jose is the star of all of my Canucks Christmas carols, and my good friend Gary de Guzman has one of the most pure voices around.

Put the four of them together (with me pounding on the piano) and you get a powerful anthem for the Vancouver Canucks as they look to get back to the Stanley Cup.

This is Our Team, Our Way...and Our Time.

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For this special edition of Clay's Canucks Commentary, I pull a few friends together for the 3rd annual Canucks Christmas Carol.

Once again I am joined by my friends Joe, Oggy, Jason, Pat and the foreign exchange student Kevin. Kevin came all the way from overseas to watch some hockey but he gets something else instead.

Last year we put together the Bieber-inspired "

and in 2011 we did the "12 Days of Christmas".

For this year, we do our version of the classic "This Christmas". Merry Christmas!

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In my final regularly-scheduled CCC for the 2011-2012 season, I take a quick look at the disappointing end to the Vancouver Canucks season; a season that ended with 2 - 1 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings handily won the series 4 games to 1.

I share some quick thoughts on what issues the Canucks will have to tackle in the off-season and I also draw comparisons to the ending of this year's playoff run to last year's ending.

Thank you to all of you, the faithful viewers of these video blogs. I appreciate all of the comments, feedback, suggestions, and encouragement. See you next season and Go Canucks Go!

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The Vancouver Canucks may be down but they’re certainly not out of their first-round NHL Western Conference quarterfinal playoff series with the Los Angeles Kings. Despite the Canucks’ victory on Wednesday night, they are still behind 3 games to 1.

With Game 5 Sunday night at Rogers Arena, the Canucks should be able to feed off a loud and raucous crowd. It’s time for Canucks fans to unite and get the behind the blue and green!

I brought in my good friend: the lovely and talented Arielle Tuliao to help me express this notion in song: Don’t Stop Believing!

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The Vancouver Canucks earned their first victory of the 2012 NHL postseason with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings still lead the series 3 games to 1.

Inspired by the return of Daniel Sedin, the Canucks went 2 for 3 on the powerplay while goaltender Cory Schneider was solid again in net.

The Canucks have more confidence and a smidgen of momentum heading back to Vancouver for game 5 on Sunday night. However, it will still be an extremely difficult task to come back and dethrone the Kings.

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With a 1-0 victory in Game 3, the Los Angeles Kings have taken a stranglehold over the Vancouver Canucks in their first-round NHL playoff series as they lead the series 3 games to none.

Looking ahead to Game 4 on Wednesday night, the Canucks will need to come up with their most inspired effort of the season and somehow find a way to solve Jonathan Quick.

I appeal to all Canucks fans (both loyal ones and bandwagoners) to stick with the team and stand behind them. It's not over 'til it's over...despite the seemingly insurmountable odds.

And I apologize for wearing Kings colours for this video...talk about bad timing.

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The Los Angeles Kings have taken the first two games of their playoff series with the Vancouver Canucks by posting consecutive 4-2 victories at Rogers Arena.

In game 2 on a freaky Friday the 13th, the Kings' special teams play was indeed special as they scored 2 short-handed goals and 1 power play goal. Meanwhile, the Canucks went 0 for 5 with the man advantage.

Now the Canucks have the daunting task of winning 4 out of the next 5 games. Is it possible? Or course. Is it likely? Even as the most loyal (yet rational Canucks fan)...that ones' tougher to answer.

Game 3 goes Sunday night in LA.

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Here's my first playoff CCC...unfortunately after a 4-2 Los Angeles Kings victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The Kings played a very disciplined and smart game and were full value for the win.

Birthday boy Alex Burrows was quite prominent: he scored the game's first goal and was also on the receiving end of a couple of massive hits.

I'll be going to game 2 on Friday with my wife Gail and I'm looking forward to a better effort and positive result.

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I'm always fascinated by the national anthems at sporting events. A good anthem can get the crowd engaged and excited even before the opening face-off, kick-off, or tip-off. Conversely, a poor rendition can leave both players and fans distracted and confused.

Starting tonight, for Canucks games that I'm at, I will be scoring the national anthems in 5 key categories:

1. Tone/Pitch

2. Pace

3. Ending

4. Appearance

5. Crowd Involvement

I'm looking forward to having some fun with this. Follow me @canuckclay and look for #clayanthemanalysis

This CCC also includes bonus footage of my sons Sean and Jake singing O Canada back in 2006.

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Just 5 days after being traded to the Buffalo Sabres, Cody Hodgson returned to Rogers Arena to face his former team. Buoyed by a quick start, the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5 - 3.

Zack Kassian, the player that Hodgson was traded for, had a monster game tallying a goal, an assist, and 7 hits in just under 11 minutes of ice-time. Also, David Booth (my favourite player) had a strong game, scoring 2 of the team's 3 goals.

As you will see from the interviews, fans in Vancouver are split on the trade. One thing's for certain: fans will be keeping their eye on both of these players and on future match-ups between these 2 teams.

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With the Vancouver Canucks' thrilling 4-3 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings, the Canucks ended Detroit's impressive 23-game winning streak at home and pulled within a point of Western Conference-leading Red Wings (and with a game in hand).

Despite the Canucks' great play of late, they were still named as the Most Overrated Team in the recent NHLPA Player Poll conducted by Hockey Night in Canada.

In this Clay's Canucks Commentary, I look at some of the reasons why the Canucks are deemed to be overrated...and I bring in my buddies Joseph, Oggy, Jason, and Patrick to help me express it in song.

Sorry...our famous foreign exchange student Kevin is not in the video...he is back visiting his parents in Japan.

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My son Sean and I took in the festivities at the Richmond Olympic Oval for the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebration on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

We were able to witness a celebrity ball hockey game, some junior hockey, street hockey, NHL awards, NHL Hall of Fame exhibit and much more. We also met Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, legendary broadcaster Jim Robson, and Captain Canuck himself, Trevor Linden (look for a video blog soon on http://www.canuckshockeyblog.com)

I, along with the Canucks Hockey Blog crew, interviewed many attendees at the event and ask them: What is your favourite hockey memory?

In this CCC, I share some of my pics from the event as well as my own favourite hockey memories.

I would love to read or watch some of yours...so post a reply below!

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The NHL held its annual All-Star game this past weekend in Ottawa, with Team Chara defeating Team Alfredsson (with 3 Canucks) by a score of 12-9.

The All-Star festivities kicked off with the Draft on Thursday night in which San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture was selected 38th overall...or last. While some people dismissed it as no big deal, in this CCC I argue that it is indeed a big deal to be picked last, even if it’s from a pool of 40 elite NHL players.

Through it all, Couture handled it with dignity and class and we can all look forward to many great years ahead from him.

Also, I will likely leave you yearning for more Marie Hui and less of me as I start this CCC off with my rendition of Vanessa Williams’ “Save the Best for Last”.

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I took my family to the annual Vancouver Canucks Superskills event at Rogers Arena and was generally entertained by all of the events: puck control relay, fastest skater, shooting accuracy, hardest shot, and breakaway challenge (footage included in video).

As I was watching however, I started to think of ways the Canucks could keep this event fresh and it dawned on me that they could add a bunch of new events.

Imagine contests for Hardest Hipcheck, Shot Blocking, Spitting, and Best Hairdo...the possibilities are endless.

See what a few of my friends and family members proposed...along with their predictions as to who might win.

Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!

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As the Vancouver Canucks kick-off a 6-game home-stand, they welcome forward David Booth back to the line-up after he missed 6 weeks with a knee injury.

Booth gives the Canucks more scoring depth, more flexibility, and reunites the American Express line (Booth, Higgins and Kesler).

Booth has quickly become my favourite player, and I can't wait to see what he brings with his return.

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For this special edition of Clay's Canucks Commentary, I pull a few friends together for the 2nd annual Canucks Christmas Carol.

You'll recognize my friends Joseph and Jason from last year, as well as my sons Sean and Jacob. Oh yeah...and Kevin the foreign exchange student. Last year we put together http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuJfZVDEHj0.

This year, we go bigger and better as we welcome Oggy, Patrick and "Game Day" dudes Andrew and Chris.

Inspired by Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe", our song is called "Under the Minneso". Confused? It will become very clear to you after the first verse.

You'll actually hear Kevin the foreign exchange student for the very first time, and make sure you stay until the end for some bloopers!

Merry Christmas!

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I had a chance to catch-up with my good buddy Matt Hawkins (http://www.matthewahawkins.com) who I met through the Ultimate Canucks Search fan contest back in 2007. In fact, both Matt and I won Honourable Mentions for our respective videos.

Now, four years later, I'm doing these CCC videos and Matt is ready to launch a new hockey-related video series: he'll be doing motivational speeches for the Canucks as a "Coach" character.

Check out Matt's insights on this year Canucks team and see what you can expect from his video series!

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On Thanksgiving weekend I reflect on 5 things I'm thankful for with respect to being a Vancouver Canucks fan. I touch on team management, ownership, the players, Ryan Kesler's photo in ESPN Magazine and Canucks social media.

I also give a quick shout-out to Canucks Hockey Blog, a great hockey blogsite that I contribute to: http://www.canuckshockeyblog.com

As well, I debut a brand new CCC logo designed by my good friend Dave Lee-Son!

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We're only one day away from the start of the 2011-2012 NHL season, with the Vancouver Canucks set to host the Pittsburgh Penguins as one of three games on the opening night slate.

In this CCC, instead of taking a look at what we can expect on the ice, I take a look at what we can expect off of it - in particular some of the numerous changes at Rogers Arena. While BC Place has received a major facelift, Canucks fans will notice some changes at Rogers Arena - some subtle and some not-so-subtle.

Watch this video and see what you can look forward to on your next visit to the rink!

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Welcome to the first CCC of the 2011-12 NHL season.

I start of this CCC but commenting on the backlash I got from some of playoff CCC's last year. Nothing wrong with friendly discussion and debate, but there is something wrong with insulting my ethnicity, looks, and sexual orientation.

As we look forward to the start of the opening season in 2 weeks, I take a look at the battles shaping up for both the forwards and defence. In particular, I express my hopes that Keith Ballard has a great season with the departure of Christian Ehrhoff.

As well, I look at the competition for spots on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th lines. With Kesler and Raymond starting the season injured, it will pave the way for a couple of new faces. Can Owen Nolan make a comeback? Will Andrew Ebbett make the most of this opportunity? We'll see soon enough!

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In my final regularly-scheduled CCC for the 2010-2011 season, I look back at a truly amazing season for the Vancouver Canucks: a season that ended with a disappointing and bitter defeat to the Boston Bruins, ending the Canucks' hopes for their first Stanley Cup in their 40-year history.

I include a lot of footage from after the game, including the presentation of the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophies, the merciless booing of Gary Bettman, and the loud ovation for hometown-boy Milan Lucic.

I also touch on the riot, the aftermath, and some other memorable moments from this season.

And finally, thank you to all of you, the faithful viewers of these video blogs. I appreciate all of the comments, feedback, suggestions, and encouragement. See you next season and Go Canucks Go!

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We're a few hours away from the most highly-anticipated game in the 40-year history of the Vancouver Canucks: game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Canucks and the Boston Bruins.

It's been a wild and entertaining final with a little bit of everything: good goaltending, shaky goaltending, last-minute goals, quite overtime finishes, fights, hits, injuries, taunting, and even a suspension. But for the Vancouver Canucks, even after 7 pre-season games, 82 regular season games, and 24 playoff games, it all comes down to this: one game. Winner claims the Stanley Cup, loser laments what could have been.

So as the Canucks and Bruins lace up their skates for game 7, a lot of things that we fans have been concerned with simply don't matter anymore. See what I mean in this CCC.

Win or lose, this will likely be the most historic night in Vancouver Canucks history! Go Canucks Go!

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With a win tonight in Boston, the Vancouver Canucks can win the Stanley Cup for the first-time in their 40-year history. But it won't be easy...the Bruins hammered the Canucks by a combined score of 12-1 in games 3 and 4.

The Canucks can look to the Dallas Mavericks for inspiration; the Mavs won their first-ever NBA title in franchise history by beating the Miami Heat in game 6...on the road. Sound familiar? If the Canucks do win, I hope their post-game celebration is a bit more memorable and exciting than the Mavs' was.

I also touch on the contenders for the Conn Smythe trophy, including Luongo, both Sedins, Kesler, Bieksa, and Tim Thomas.

I'm looking forward to what could possibly be the most historic night in Vancouver Canucks history! Go Canucks Go...bring the cup home!

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The Boston Bruins have evened the Stanley Cup Finals at 2 games apiece after another dominant win, this time defeating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in game 4 in Boston.

As the series returns to Vancouver for game 5, I have noticed that there are many Canucks fans looking to jump off of the bandwagon. While I have no problem with fans jumping on to the bandwagon, I can't stand it when people jump off.

Canucks fans need to be loud and proud in game 5 at Rogers Arena. In winning the Presidents' Trophy, the Canucks earned home-ice advantage for the entire playoffs, and they'll be at home for 2 of the last 3 games. The Canucks players say that they feed off of the fans' energy when they play at home. Then we best give them something to chew on.

I'm looking forward to a memorable game 5!

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The Boston Bruins got back into the series with a massive 8-1 thumping of the Vancouver Canucks in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. After a scoreless first period, the Bruins scored 4 goals in both the 2nd and 3rd periods on their way to an easy win.

Despite Boston coach Claude Julien's claims that the Bruins wouldn't stoop to the Canucks' level (with respect to the finger-biting of game 1 and the finger-taunting in game 2), both Mark Recchi and Milan Lucic seemed intent on having the Canucks lick their fingers. Perhaps they had a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken for their pre-game meal?

I also question Alain Vigneault's decision to leave Roberto Luongo in goal to start the 3rd, and lament the Canucks' ineffective powerplay.

Game 4 should be really interesting on Wednesday night in Boston's TD Garden.

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