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  1. Canucks Top 5 Surprises This Season

    Bo Horvat started this season as the 3rd line centre behind Henrik Sedin and Brandon Sutter. Despite ranking 5th in TOI/GP for forwards this season, and with very little time on the power play, Horvat is leading the team this season in goals and points. He has been a professional through everything this season – good or bad. Horvat represented the Canucks at the NHL All-Star Game, and he did not look out of place, showing off his speed against Patrik Laine, and scoring 2 goals in the 3-on-3 tournament. Nikita Tryamkin started this season in the press box. He refused a demotion to Utica, instead choosing to stay in Vancouver. Due to all the injuries on the blue line, Tryamkin finally drew into the lineup on November 3. He hasn’t relinquished his spot in the lineup since, ranking 4th on the team in plus/minus, and leads the team in penalty minutes. At 6’7″ and 265 lbs, Tryamkin’s size got him to the NHL, but he has shown surprising mobility for a big defenceman. Everyone loves an underdog, and Richmond’s Troy Stecher fits the bill perfectly. Undrafted and undersized for a defenseman, Stecher had a great pre-season, but was sent down to Utica to start the year. Since he got the call to return to the Canucks, he has excited the fanbase with his play. He can rush the puck with his speed and leads all Canucks defensemen in shots on goal and points. In 2014-15, Luca Sbisa was everyone’s favourite scapegoat. In 2015-16, injuries kept him out of the lineup for half of the season. Finally this year, Sbisa is getting a chance to consistently show why the Canucks signed him to an extension through 2017-18. He looks far more comfortable on defense, making solid contact to gain possession of the puck and make a good first pass out of the zone. He has stayed healthy, and leads the team in plus/minus and hits. Solid. Markus Granlund came to Vancouver via a trade with Calgary for Hunter Shinkaruk. There were a lot of armchair GM’s out there that called for Jim Benning’s head, but at this point in time, the Canucks are the clear winner of that deal. On Brandon Sutter’s left wing, Granlund has provided the Canucks with some much needed secondary scoring, playing in every game and potting 12 goals so far. Shinkaruk on the other hand has spent most of his season in the AHL. He has played 7 games for the Flames and has 1 assist.
  2. Henrik Sedin: 999 and One to go

    In 1999, Henrik Sedin was chosen third overall, after his brother Daniel and Patrick Stefan in the NHL Entry Draft. The top five picks of that draft class, rounded out with Pavel Brendl and Tim Connolly. Out of those top chosen five players of that draft class, only Henrik and Daniel have played more than 1100 NHL games, Hank with 1212 and Danny 1189. The Sedins are also the only two of that draft class that are within 40 points of 1000 NHL points. Out of those top five players picked in the Sedin’s draft year, Henrik and Daniel are the only ones who became NHL All Stars. I guess Brian Burke knew what he was doing in drafting the twins. Sixteen, almost seventeen, seasons later, Henrik Sedin is going to accomplish something no Canucks player has ever done, he is going to hit 1000 NHL points in his illustrious career. It’s kind of a big deal for the Canucks, their fans, and the beloved Captain. No one has ever done it before. Trevor Linden hasn’t done it, nor Markus Naslund, not even the Canucks only Hall of Famer, Pavel Bure has scored 1000 points. Hank will be the first, and not only am I excited for the city, the team and all his loved ones, it couldn’t happen to a better person. Sure, there have been plenty of players who have hit the 1000 point milestone and have done it in less time, but I’m not here to compare Henrik to current and past greats of the game. I am here to celebrate something special for the Vancouver Canucks, their fans, and their franchise points leader. Henrik is making his way into uncharted waters for the first time in this organization’s history. Whatever that says about the organization, it has no bearing on what Henrik has contributed to this franchise. What’s even more impressive, Henrik Sedin has only missed 30 games in his 16 year NHL career, including playing in all 46 of this current season’s games. His durability has been incredible, and at 36, although he’s not the Art Ross and Hart Trophy winning player any longer, Henrik is still contributing as one of the team’s point leaders. LAS VEGAS – JUNE 23: Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks poses for a portrait with the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Art Ross Trophy during the 2010 NHL Awards at the Palms Casino Resort on June 23, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Tonight, Henrik has a chance to hit 1000 NHL points, at home in Rogers Arena. The Florida Panthers are in town, and the goalie the Canucks face, is Roberto Luongo. His former teammate from that 2011 Stanley Cup Finals team, could be the tender on record to give Henrik his career milestone. How fitting. However, if Henrik does reach that new apex in his NHL career, there isn’t a guy between the pipes to try harder to stop him, but if he can’t, Luongo would be the happiest goaltender to ever give up that point to Hank. Just how big of a moment is this for the Canucks and their fans? Pavel Bure has 779 points in 709 NHL games; Trevor Linden has 867 points in 1382 games; Markus Naslund has 869 points in 1117 games. What is the biggest difference between Henrik and those former Canuck legends? Henrik, will be playing game 1213 and going for point 1000, and he has never played for another NHL franchise in achieving that goal. I cannot imagine a better scenario and more fitting person to be the first Vancouver player to ever hit that milestone. I’ve been a Canucks fan for 35 years, I’m 42 years old and I’ve loved this team since I was a young girl of seven. I have yet to see a Stanley Cup victory, although I have watched all three Cup Final appearances. I have only seen one Canucks player be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. I have seen a player become so beloved in this city, he became one of its most dedicated citizens and then took over the helm of running the franchise as President. I’ve seen three goalies put teams on their backs to bring them to the Stanley Cup finals, each with having their own place in Canucks history. I’ve seen a line that had their way with the NHL for a few seasons and had the best nickname for a line this city has ever heard, “The West Coast Express”. As great as those players, moments and honours have been for the Vancouver Canucks, Henrik Sedin has already surpassed them in his tenure here, and sometimes, he doesn’t get the credit he deserves. We are truly honoured, Canucks fans. Photo Credit: The Province I for one, am so overwhelmed with emotion for the fans, the franchise but especially for Henrik. As a captain and teammate, he is always about the team first, his career accomplishments find priority where they may. But just this one time, when it happens, I hope Henrik takes a little of it in for himself, feels some selfish pride, and basks in his moment. As Canucks fans, we are truly the fortunate ones to have you as one of ours. Thank you, Henrik, we are honoured to share this moment with when it happens, you’re truly our best. @Aviewfromabroad
  3. A little #WATN: Where are they now for you 1980s Canucks fans. Vancouver on a Friday night can be a fun town, that is, if you know where all the cool events are happening. For nearly a decade now, Vernard Goud’s Luvngrace Entertainment Events : Beauty, Art, Music & Fashion have been the events to attend. Their diverse visions in the arts and fashion usually have brought out some of the best Canadian celebrities the west coast can offer, like Pamela Anderson, Raphael Mazzucco and last Friday night, Richard Brodeur. I was asked by Vernard if I could do a write up about Richard’s art show and share some of my thoughts and Richard’s to a hockey audience that still adores him. I was honoured and humbled, especially after talking to Richard Brodeur. He is as wonderful and gracious as a person as he is as talented as an artist and as an NHL goalie. Walking into the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery on Howe Street, I felt a little overwhelmed and a little out of place. I dressed for the part, I knew the procedure, but I’m a sports girl, and although I do love and appreciate the arts, I haven’t been to such an event in a long time. I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, both the organizers, Vernard Goud and Georgia Primar, along with Richard Brodeur made me feel right at home. So much so, King Richard, granted me an interview. JG: Thanks for inviting me to your wonderful and successful event. It’s great to see many fans of your hockey days become fans of your art. How long have you been painting? RB: As an active professional artist since 1990, although I have been painting since the age of 18. JG: That’s fantastic, you became a professional artist just three years from retirement. You’ve had a few collections over the years. Couple questions now, first, what differentiates this collection from the previous ones and how long did this one take for you to finish? RB: This load of work for me represent a more decisive and confidence in my accomplishments. It took me 3 months to finish the collection. JG: I usually hear of artists taking a year or even more to finish their collections, three months is machine-like! This is a pretty sizeable collection. That’s impressive. Explain your favourite piece in the collection and why? RB: The childhood memories series is an emotional feeling to create nostalgia and happiness. The “I ” series is exploring and challenging my own creativity. Its not fair to ask me that, but there is one that leaves a strong message about our world, Mother Nature is Crying, the Red Lilies is a statement in moving forward and challenging myself. Of course I love all my little kids playing and not having any worries about life. JG:How does being a goalie show similarities to your approach to your art? RB: Being a goalie you train yourself to be focused but aware of your surrounding and every time you play it is a new canvas and a new challenge physically , emotionally and mentally. Meditation and staying within yourself is so important. JG: I guess being a goalie has given your art an approach of rapid movements and reactions, does that have much to do with how you finish your collections so quickly? RB: Yes, when you put it that way, that’s a part of the process. I don’t really want to dwell on a piece. I want to feel it in the moment I am doing it. I usually am working on three to four pieces at a time. JG: One last question. Do any of your old teammates come to the art shows and/or commissioned you to do some art? RB:My old buddies don’t understand what it’s all about. JG: Thank you so much for doing this for CanucksCorner, the three main writers on here are all big fans of the Canucks presently and in our youth. I can speak for Bruce and Brian, you played an integral part of our hockey childhood. RB: I thank you for your support. Cheers. Here are some pieces and event shots from Richard Brodeur’s latest collection “The King and I” Solo Art Exhibit. Photo Credit: Carly Robertson for CC Showcasing some of Richard Brodeur’s bigger pieces. Picture courtesy of LUVNGRACE ENTERTAINMENT & Georgia Primar Crowd at the King and I Art Exhibit at the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery. Photo courtesy of LUVNGRACE ENTERTAINMENT & Georgia Primar Photo Credit: Carly Robertson for CC Photo Credit: Carly Robertson for CC Photo Credit: Carly Robertson for CC As we move forward in our lives, we hope to explore different aspects of ourselves. Richard Brodeur has moved on from the world of professional hockey, but it resonates deeply in his art and in his spirit. He has inspired many young boys and girls to be Canucks fans in the early 1980’s, myself included. Today, I see Richard inspiring many artist to find what is true to them and to evolve but remain true to what drives their work. Thank you Richard, it was my honour. G. Justine Galo Richard Brodeur and I posing in front of his childhood hockey paintings. Photo Credit: Dorothy Wong Photography.
  4. A little #WATN: Where are they now for you 1980s Canucks fans. Vancouver on a Friday night can be a fun town, that is, if you know where all the cool events are happening. For nearly a decade now, Vernard Goud’s Luvngrace Entertainment Events : Beauty, Art, Music & Fashion have been the events to attend. Their diverse visions in the arts and fashion usually have brought out some of the best Canadian celebrities the west coast can offer, like Pamela Anderson, Raphael Mazzucco and last Friday night, Richard Brodeur. I was asked by Vernard if I could do a write up about Richard’s art show and share some of my thoughts and Richard’s to a hockey audience that still adores him. I was honoured and humbled, especially after talking to Richard Brodeur. He is as wonderful and gracious as a person as he is as talented as an artist and as an NHL goalie. Walking into the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery on Howe Street, I felt a little overwhelmed and a little out of place. I dressed for the part, I knew the procedure, but I’m a sports girl, and although I do love and appreciate the arts, I haven’t been to such an event in a long time. I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, both the organizers, Vernard Goud and Georgia Primar, along with Richard Brodeur made me feel right at home. So much so, King Richard, granted me an interview. JG: Thanks for inviting me to your wonderful and successful event. It’s great to see many fans of your hockey days become fans of your art. How long have you been painting? RB: As an active professional artist since 1990, although I have been painting since the age of 18. JG: That’s fantastic, you became a professional artist just three years from retirement. You’ve had a few collections over the years. Couple questions now, first, what differentiates this collection from the previous ones and how long did this one take for you to finish? RB: This load of work for me represent a more decisive and confidence in my accomplishments. It took me 3 months to finish the collection. JG: I usually hear of artists taking a year or even more to finish their collections, three months is machine-like! This is a pretty sizeable collection. That’s impressive. Explain your favourite piece in the collection and why? RB: The childhood memories series is an emotional feeling to create nostalgia and happiness. The “I ” series is exploring and challenging my own creativity. Its not fair to ask me that, but there is one that leaves a strong message about our world, Mother Nature is Crying, the Red Lilies is a statement in moving forward and challenging myself. Of course I love all my little kids playing and not having any worries about life. JG:How does being a goalie show similarities to your approach to your art? RB: Being a goalie you train yourself to be focused but aware of your surrounding and every time you play it is a new canvas and a new challenge physically , emotionally and mentally. Meditation and staying within yourself is so important. JG: I guess being a goalie has given your art an approach of rapid movements and reactions, does that have much to do with how you finish your collections so quickly? RB: Yes, when you put it that way, that’s a part of the process. I don’t really want to dwell on a piece. I want to feel it in the moment I am doing it. I usually am working on three to four pieces at a time. JG: One last question. Do any of your old teammates come to the art shows and/or commissioned you to do some art? RB:My old buddies don’t understand what it’s all about. JG: Thank you so much for doing this for CanucksCorner, the three main writers on here are all big fans of the Canucks presently and in our youth. I can speak for Bruce and Brian, you played an integral part of our hockey childhood. RB: I thank you for your support. Cheers. Here are some pieces and event shots from Richard Brodeur’s latest collection “The King and I” Solo Art Exhibit. Photo Credit: Carly Robertson for CC Showcasing some of Richard Brodeur’s bigger pieces. Picture courtesy of LUVNGRACE ENTERTAINMENT & Georgia Primar Crowd at the King and I Art Exhibit at the Chali-Rosso Art Gallery. Photo courtesy of LUVNGRACE ENTERTAINMENT & Georgia Primar Photo Credit: Carly Robertson for CC Photo Credit: Carly Robertson for CC Photo Credit: Carly Robertson for CC As we move forward in our lives, we hope to explore different aspects of ourselves. Richard Brodeur has moved on from the world of professional hockey, but it resonates deeply in his art and in his spirit. He has inspired many young boys and girls to be Canucks fans in the early 1980’s, myself included. Today, I see Richard inspiring many artist to find what is true to them and to evolve but remain true to what drives their work. Thank you Richard, it was my honour. G. Justine Galo Richard Brodeur and I posing in front of his childhood hockey paintings. Photo Credit: Dorothy Wong Photography.
  5. When many in Vancouver think of Richard Brodeur, we think about a Canucks legend between the pipes. We think of the amazing Stanley Cup run in 1982 when King Richard put the team on his shoulders and brought them to the Stanley Cup finals. His team had no business being there, but it was his play that found a way. These days, Richard Brodeur’s artistry is not so much on the ice, but on canvas. On Friday, November 18, Richard Brodeur will have a solo art exhibition featuring his newest work and we, at CanucksCorner, are very excited to have been invited to cover it for Canucks fans. Since retirement, Brodeur has become an accomplished local artist with works we have seen all throughout the city. The city campaign of the Eagles, Bears and Orcas included some of Brodeur’s work, most notably eagle art named “Heart and Soul”. Brodeur’s Eagle Art “Heart and Soul” He is known for his hockey landscapes and for capturing BC in its best light through his paintings. Here are some examples. Brodeur’s “Late Afternoon At The Rink” featuring the Habs and Canucks . “Storm Break Haida Gwaii” Twins With Burrows This Friday, many are looking forward to Richard Brodeur’s exclusive art show aptly named, “The King and I”. We look forward talking to the man himself and sharing glimpses of his new work with his fans. The King and I: Richard Brodeur Solo Art Exhibit Presented by LUVNGRACE & Georgia Primar Chali-Rosso Art Gallery: 7PM-10PM 549 Howe Street, Vancouver CHECK OUT: The King and I: Richard Brodeur Solo Art Exhibit Official Facebook Page
  6. The Canucks Preview for the Casual Fan

    As the success of the Canucks comes and goes, so do the fans. For the casual fan that’s still on board, you may not recognize the team, and for good reason. Initially billed as a retooling, this is a full rebuild. Remember the 2011 run to the Stanley Cup final? Only 6 of those Canucks are still around: Alexandre Burrows, Alex Edler, Jannik Hansen, Chris Tanev, and Henrik and Daniel Sedin. This will be the second year in a row that there is no goaltending controversy. Miller is the starting goalie and Markstrom is a backup that is more than capable. What’s more is that the plan for the future is clear: Markstrom may be the starter next year but the future is Thatcher Demko. On defence, Edler and Tanev now make up the Canucks shutdown top pairing. Both can move the puck, and both are solid in their own end. The Canucks added size and toughness on defence by acquiring big defenceman Erik Gudbranson from Florida for Jared McCann which solidifies the second pairing behind the shutdown top pair of Edler and Tanev. Gudbranson is a former 3rd overall pick from the 2010 draft, and he’s a big, right shot, stay-at-home type. His style should make a good fit with the freewheeling left shot of Ben Hutton. Luca Sbisa should be a lock as the fifth defenceman, but the sixth man spot is anyone’s guess. The Canucks know what they have with Alex Biega, but also love the raw potential of Nikita Tryamkin, who is 6’7″ and 228 pounds. The Sedins are destined to retire as Canucks. Hansen and Burrows are the other forwards that remain from the 2011 run to the final. They are both versatile, both can still skate, both can play up and down the lineup, and in any situation. The Canucks lost Radim Vrbata during free agency, but the twins received scoring help in the form of Loui Eriksson. The hope is that with a healthy Brandon Sutter the Sedins will get some second line scoring support, leaving Bo Horvat to continue his development on the third line, along with linemates Sven Baertchi and Jake Virtanen. The 4th line would feature Mikael Granlund and Derek Dorsett. Emerson Etem has not had a great training camp, and after a standout MVP season in Swedish Hockey League, Anton Rodin could also make the roster.
  7. This Sunday the Canucks take on the Calgary Flames at General Motors place, and the organization will be taking on issues that effect our children on a daily basis. The annual Canucks For Kids Telethon will also take place, and the Canucks and their organization need you help, to help the the kids.Earlier this week [...] Source
  8. Make Some Noise For The Boys!

    Saturday evening the Vancouver Canucks return home. It will be the first time in 42 days the majority of the Canucks have stepped onto the ice at General Motors Place.What better way for fans to show that support Saturday to wear blue to the game, and give the team a playoff type welcome back. There will [...] Source
  9. With just 16 games left in the season, Henrik Sedin finds himself four points behind Alex Ovechkin for the league league in scoring. Ryan Kesler powered the Americans to an unlikely silver medal at the Olympics and has just been announced as the poster boy for NHL 2K11.Alexandre Burrows just topped the 30-goal mark for the [...] Source
  10. Our valued site sponsor, Sports & Stuff, who provide us with a customized hockey jersey for our hockey pool each year, will be having Mason Raymond visit on Friday, March 12th between 4 and 6pm. The store will be giving away VIP passes that will guarantee you one autograph.If Canucks Corner members would like to [...] Source
  11. The Vancouver Canucks have acquired Sean Zimmerman a conditional 6th round draft pick  in exchange for defenseman Mathieu Schneider. Schneider was currently playing for the clubs minor league affiliate in Winnipeg after a dispute over playing time with the Canucks. The deal is apparently dependant on Schneider clearing re-entry waivers.Stay tuned for more information. Source
  12. The Vancouver Canucks have acquired defenseman Andrew Alberts  in exchange for a 3rd round pick in 2010. Alberts has 10 points this season (2G, 8A) and is a plus sevin after appearing in 62 games for Carolina. Alberts is a big defenseman at 6′5 218 pounds and has played 4 seasons in the NHL.http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/players/Andrew_AlbertsStay tuned for [...] Source
  13. Canucks Acquire Yan Stastny

    The Vancouver Canucks have acquired Yan Stastny in exchange for Pierre Cedric Labrie. More news as it becomes availaible.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yan_Stastnyhttp://blues.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8470223 Source
  14. King Henrik

    More often than not, playing for a Western Conference team, in particular, the Vancouver Canucks means you’re usually overlooked by the eastern based media in the hockey world. Case in point: Henrik Sedin. How often around the league through various media outlets do you hear Henrik Sedin as a ‘star’ in the world of the [...] Source
  15. Canada/Slovakia Live Blog

    Canada vs. Slovakia: Olympic Semi-Final Source