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  1. This article features a ten-minute video presentation highlighting Tyler Toffoli’s performance against the New York Rangers on February 9, 2020. In the footage, he wears #73 for the Los Angeles Kings. If the video above is unavailable, view it here. A sense of tentative buzz blanketed the Vancouver Canucks' supporters when the team unexpectedly acquired Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli last Monday. The Canucks have been desperate for offensive support in recent weeks, as the team's regular forward group has managed to provide little help for the team's star scorers. With a playoff position potentially slipping away, this dire concern required immediate treatment, especially in light of the recent news about top-line scorer Brock Boeser's rib injury and his estimated eight-week recovery period. Some have suggested that the price to acquire Toffoli was high: the Canucks' 2020 Hobey Baker nominee Tyler Madden, depth forward Tim Schaller, a 2020 second round pick, and a conditional 2022 fourth-round pick. There were certainly naysayers who questioned this acquisition, but also many curious spectators who merely wished to learn exactly what type of player the team had acquired. Those familiar with Toffoli will confidently state that the Canucks have stumbled upon a gem. Five days have passed since that pivotal moment, and Toffoli has paid immediate dividends for the Vancouver Canucks. In his debut against the Minnesota Wild, he tallied one assist and directed four shots on goal. In his follow-up performance against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, Toffoli scored two goals, recorded an assist, and was named the game's first star -- an impressive start in Vancouver for a player who had, for nearly a decade, feasted upon the Canucks with 13 goals in 28 career games as an opponent. These point totals are among the accomplishments of a player who has been relatively underrated throughout his career. He is a three-time twenty-goal scorer who once achieved a 31-goal season in the NHL -- a campaign in which he received six votes for the Selke Trophy as the league's best two-way forward. An exploration into his style of play will reveal whether these votes were warranted. With Toffoli slated to become an unrestricted free agent, the Canucks must decide whether they should re-sign him. Depending on his performance this spring, it will become obvious whether or not he and the team are a proper fit for one another. One very encouraging takeaway from his two performances in blue and green, however, is that he played exactly as he did in Los Angeles. Many of Tyler Toffoli's contributions to his team have received little attention. His reputation is that of a goal scorer, but his smart defensive game requires some discussion. To further elaborate, let us consider some footage from one of his performances with the 2019-20 Kings just prior to the trade: a match against the New York Rangers on February 9, 2020. That evening, Toffoli was featured on a line with center Anze Kopitar and winger Alex Iafallo. He recorded seven shots on goal that night. A busy evening such as that in which he was effective and yet recorded no points requires an investigation to determine the on-ice situations that best suit his style of play and the combination of linemates that would best complement this player. The full breakdown of Toffoli's game is available at Nucks Misconduct: You can find me @CambieKev on Twitter. Follow if you like this article and want to stay up to date with my content.
  2. In association with Pass It To Bulis, I present today Episode 1 of a new series: The Lost Shifts. This project began in 2012 and continues now with a new format, focusing on numerous players. We will look at the forgotten, yet often incredible elements of their games. Today's topic: Pavel Bure. On March 15, 2020, 17 years will have passed since Pavel Bure last graced the ice of a National Hockey League rink. Memories of Bure continue to be shared to this day -- fables of a figure whose sublime displays of skill and immeasurable popularity changed the landscape of the NHL one stride at a time. There were thousands of rushes, all of which compelled audiences to rise from their seats and opponents to relent to whatever brilliant, creative maneuver he had crafted within his imagination. He was a king of style, though not at the expense of results. Bure was an innovator and a uniquely-dynamic force -- especially when he was healthy. He was in a special class as a Vancouver Canuck -- phenomenal each time he stepped on to the ice, and a celebrity off of it, even among non-hockey fans. He attracted fans from everywhere, his popularity transcending the confines of the hockey world. Without him, Canucks nation as we know it would not exist. Tragically, he was injured for the majority of his career and his skating was never quite as effortless after his anterior cruciate ligament was torn in a match against the Chicago Blackhawks on November 9, 1995. Numerous surgeries were required to treat this damage and he never truly recovered. In spite of this major injury and the subsequent setbacks that would prematurely end his career, Bure was considered to be the NHL's most fearsome goal scorer throughout his time in the league and might have been one of the most prolific ever if not for the injuries. He was the sixth-fastest player in NHL history to reach 400 goals at the time of his accomplishment, eclipsing that plateau in 635 games. His career ended with a total of 437 goals scored in a span of 702 games. Upon joining his final team, the New York Rangers, in 2002, he scored 12 goals and 20 points in 12 games -- he retired with so much left to offer. Alexander Ovechkin, now heralded as potentially the greatest goal scorer of all time and in many ways Bure's successor when he entered the NHL in 2005, scored his milestone 400th goal in 634 games -- one game fewer -- and matched Bure's career total of 437 goals in 711 games. Ovechkin is now on his way to breaking Wayne Gretzky's record. Vancouver briefly had a player of that luminous quality, as every time Bure was healthy he was capable of 60 or more goals, achieving such grand totals primarily without the support of other elite players. Who knows how much more plentiful his career totals would have been with a centerman who could alleviate some of his burden. He was majestic, even without help. From his debut on November 5, 1991 against the Winnipeg Jets to his final game against the New Jersey Devils in March 2003, the hockey world was treated to a show so spectacular that to inform new hockey fans about this legendary player with words alone would never suffice. Most words and stories about players from days of yore originate from memory, but such recollections are prone to distort over time and details have a tendency to become obscure. Before social media, comprehensive television contracts and online video allowed moments to become instantaneously accessible and virtually imperishable, only few could truly witness the brilliance of Pavel Bure on more than just an occasional basis: the CBC and local television networks such as BCTV might have aired a game a few times per month, whereas most home matches could only be seen live at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. Highlight packages on CKVU's Sports Page and TSN's SportsDesk attempted to offer glimpses of every goal, but would sometimes skip moments to save time in their broadcasts. In other words, to really understand the inner workings of a player's game was essentially extremely difficult for anyone but the most dedicated fans of the sport. One could not study a player through on-demand viewings as they can now. Such little relative coverage caused the dissemination of often vague and sometimes inaccurate reports about players; in Bure's case, he developed a unfair reputation as a one-dimensional, moody breakaway artist when he was anything but that. He was fearless, relentless, and willing to push his physical limit to cover as much ice as possible and separate the puck from his opponent. To ensure that truths about Bure's game are preserved in history, I present to you now, in association with Pass It To Bulis, the first episode of a brand new series detailing not only the style of play and nuances of Bure's game, but the way in which other historical players contributed on the ice as well. Very little is remembered about the specific styles of so many former NHLers, and so throughout numerous installments we will explore and revisit their games with footage and analysis. This project began in 2012 and has now been relaunched with remastered audio, video, and a brand new series format for your viewing pleasure. Each episode will examine one game and capture the essence of that player's performance within a condensed, four-to-five minute video presentation. This is Episode I of The Lost Shifts. Today's topic: Pavel Bure. In this episode, we examine Bure's performance in Game 7 of the Smythe Division Semi-Finals between the Vancouver Canucks and the Winnipeg Jets. Pavel Bure was a rookie that year, amassing 34 goals and 60 points in 65 games. Most notably, however, he finished the regular season with 22 goals in the final 23 games of the schedule and paved a clear path to the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year -- the first Canuck to accomplish this feat. At this stage in his career, he was still lighter and not quite as strong as he would be in later years, although his tenacity and courage were still exceptional. Read the breakdown of Bure's game at Pass It To Bulis: Enjoy the video and follow @CambieKev on Twitter to stay up to date with my latest videos!
  3. Quinn Hughes has been a revelation — a truly transformative on-ice presence whose rare skill set deserves the full attention of the hockey world. One might fairly argue that, aside from avid followers of the Vancouver Canucks, few could accurately express just how masterful the first-year NHL defenceman has been for his team. Canucks fans, some skeptical before his arrival in Vancouver, have been left speechless and astonished as the young phenom has completely rewritten their team’s playbook and contributed to the restoration of reasonable belief in the team’s playoff potential. A team of stagnant players has suddenly become one of the fastest squads in the league, all thanks to the puck movement of their new superstar defenceman — a master of motion. From his own goal line, Hughes routinely moves the puck up the ice with precision for the Canucks, either slicing through the opposition’s defensive structure with patience and deception, or firing a crisp stretch pass across two lines to a high-speed target. In the offensive zone, the team now runs its plays through him, no longer working from the half-wall as it once did; when loose pucks manifest in open areas of the ice, his extra gear activates, at which point one can often expect him to aggressively pirouette, dodge and weave between obstacles to ensure that the Canucks continue to attack the opposing net. He has, with each stride and every pass, propelled the team forward via a combination of offensive intelligence, inimitable agility on his skates, pure puck skill, and a proactive sense of motion, and has provided a degree of puck-moving expertise as well as possession savvy unique among players currently in the league. ... The rest of the article is at Nucks Misconduct. Enjoy the presentation! Please follow @CambieKev on Twitter for updates about future content. More is on the way.
  4. In 2012, I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Wyatt Arndt on a project I will never forget. When he announced that he was doing Fake Canucks Hockey, I volunteered immediately to provide video production and live stream services. I helped with the Fake SportsCentre assets, as well as produced and edited the live stream content -- the introductions, warmups, spoof advertising, pre-game features, audio, visuals, among other things; I moderated the live stream chat, posted game day threads on CDC, and also offered a few technical tips about how to improve the Fake SportsCentre and in-game production on Wyatt's channel, i.e., adding music to the background, adjusting the in-game NHL 13 HUD, puck shadow and other features for a more realistic presentation. This project filled the void left by the 2012 NHL lockout not only for myself, but I think for many others as well. It was a wonderful, fun experience, and I can't thank him enough for letting me be a part of it. I promised him that I would release this content one day. Today is that day. Included here is Wyatt's TEAM 1040 interview with Sekeres and Price on October 11, 2012.
  5. This is Life in Technicolor, a montage I produced for the Vancouver Canucks' 40th anniversary. It features primarily footage from the 2009-10 Canucks season, one in which Henrik Sedin won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP. The 2010 Winter Olympics had just been hosted in Vancouver, and a powerful sense of regional pride filled the streets. Entering the 2010-11 NHL season, the enthusiasm and buzz around the city was electric -- everyone had a feeling that the campaign would be special. The video was featured on the Rogers Arena jumbotron during the pre-game of the 2010-11 Canucks season opener. Wayback URL of the original discussion on Featured on the Pass It To Bulis (Vancouver Courier) blog:
  6. Tonight, the University of British Columbia hosts its 2020 Winter Classic vs the University of Manitoba Bisons. The UBC team is coached by former NHL defenceman Sven Butenschon, and the roster is mostly comprised of WHL/BCHL/AJHL players. Butenschon played 140 NHL games, primarily with the New York Islanders. He was a prospect of the Pittsburgh Penguins for several years, and spent time with the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks. He also played in the AHL, IHL, and DEL -- he was the Manitoba Moose's All-Star representative in 2006 and won the DEL and IHL championships. I decided to create a montage about his team.
  7. Thanks for your concern and for asking about this, YouTube has a unique feature called Content ID, which allows copyright holders to receive ad revenue whenever their work is used in a YouTube video. Copyright holders can submit their work to YouTube and have it added to the system; they then decide whether the copyrighted material should be blocked by YouTube or monetized for the rights holders. In the case of the former, the video simply becomes unavailable. Some content is blocked on YouTube by default because of this. In the case of the latter, the rights holders are compensated for the use of their work. In effect, it serves as a provisional licensing arrangement on YouTube, which is how YouTube protects itself from infringement. In choosing to allow the monetization of their copyrighted material on YouTube for themselves, the rights holders are in spirit allowing the use of their material by others on YouTube. Another rule of this is that I can not personally monetize the video. Rights holders can still manually request the removal of a video by YouTube at any time, so they can take the video down if they wish for it to happen. I have clarified that this video is only to be available on YouTube where this Content ID system is in effect. It's a film in the sense that it is a lengthy presentation of sound and images, but it is not for profit and is intended only for educational purposes. The following is an example of what I see on my end. Both video and audio content are listed in this menu. Video content is included in the Content ID system as well. YouTube also identifies and publicly lists all of the music rights holders in the video description: The Content ID system keeps everyone happy, and as soon as someone is not happy, the video is removed.
  8. Thank you all so, so much for your kind, generous words. I had dreamed about bringing this video to life and wanted to help remind everyone about the magic of Pavel Bure. I am so glad now that it's out there for everyone to enjoy. It was a blast to make. A few of you have messaged me about the music selection. You can find a list of all of the songs used in the credits at the end of the video. Thank you all again. I'm excited to continue working on new projects. I hope to have something new for you all soon.
  9. This is a presentation I have wanted to create for quite a long time. I am proud to finally be able to share it with everyone. The film, titled Pavel Bure: A Rocket Through Time, is an 85-minute retrospective about the career of one of the NHL's most dynamic, electrifying, compelling figures of all time, Pavel Bure -- The Russian Rocket. There are many hockey films that communicate the history of their subjects through interviews and narration, but often a lack of footage of the players undermines the illustration of their impact on the sport. In the case of Pavel Bure, more often than not, people are only ever told about Pavel's tenacious, mesmerizing ways on the ice; most highlight reels only capture a small fraction of Bure's brilliance. Words and phrases such as "electrifying" and "he could bring people out of their seats" need to be reinforced with a corresponding visual representation. This feature is a non-stop show-and-tell of Bure's abilities as a player and his effect on the hockey world. Over 300 of his goals at the NHL and international levels are on display here, as well as a plethora of other defining plays and attributes including his end-to-end rushes, assists, explosive body checks, forechecking, creative, improvised plays and intelligent decisions in all three zones. He was the complete package -- a sniper, playmaker, end-to-end rusher and warrior on the ice with a lethal goal-scoring instinct and an ability to elevate his game to even greater heights when the stakes were high. There were many additional nuances in Bure's game that were often overlooked during an era when the odd late-night highlight may have been all that many people saw of him. Many of those lesser-known elements are on display in this presentation. Each stage of Bure's career is highlighted during the film, from his days with CSKA Moscow to his final days with the New York Rangers. The images are accompanied by a soundtrack of carefully-chosen excerpts from film scores and popular recordings of songs from the 1970s to 2000s designed to reflect the themes and tone of the events throughout Bure's story. It's a soundtrack for a star whose presence and aura transcended the sport. He became an idol to an entire generation and had a transformative influence on the hockey culture of the cities he played for, especially Vancouver. The phenomenon was known as Pavelmania, and the on-ice reasons for it are fully exhibited here. Pavel Bure was a special player, once called unstoppable. He was the sixth-fastest player in NHL history to score 400 goals and continued to be a dominant force to the very end in spite of the injuries and challenges that robbed one of hockey's all-time greats of consistent opportunities. His jaw-dropping brilliance was a unique gift to the sport, and thus his legacy must not be lost with time. Enjoy the presentation.
  10. The Vancouver Canucks are entering their 50th year in the National Hockey League. To mark this special occasion, fans of the team, new and old alike, deserve a concise, accessible retelling of the team's history since its inception into the NHL in 1970. There have been heartbreaking experiences and periods of despair; despite all of the hardships, there have also been bright, beautiful, irreplaceable moments. Over these past 50 years, we have witnessed the growth of a fanbase from humble, fair-weather beginnings to an exemplar of unwavering loyalty and pride. Although the wait has been lengthy and arduous for a trophy most elusive, a different history is incomprehensible, for this journey and the precious relationships forged along the way are the features of our identity that shall make that summer of glory all the greater. This is an ode to the Vancouver Canucks, a team both blessed and cursed. I hope you enjoy it. Subscribe to the channel if you like the video. You can find me at @CambieKev on Twitter as well. There will be future presentations like this one. Thanks for watching. Encoded in 4K resolution to preserve fidelity.