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Posted 14 March 2012 - 05:29 PM

I've met a lot of Canucks over the years and even some non-Canucks. I've been pretty lucky. :P

From a signing: I'd say Alex Burrows. Signed my jersey, autograph book, and a picture even though he was only supposed to sign one. Fav. player so I'm a little biased.

I recently met Kevin Bieksa at Target in the States (on Sunday). I approached him unsure if it really was him but in fact it was. We had a good conversion about the Canucks and well Target. He was really nice, took a picture and signed my receipt (should have ran down to the supplies aisle and took a sheet of paper).

I also found Markus Naslund to be nice. I met him years ago (during his prime) at a North Vancouver save-on-foods. I was looking for a cake and saw him browsing the deli section. I introduced myself and we had a short but friendly conversation. I was only a kid then but he didn't seem to mind. I didn't get a picture but he asked for a paper from the deli lady and signed me his autograph. He did ask me where my parents were (they were in the car, waiting for me to buy the cake , visiting a relative...). Nazzy was surprised that I actually recognized him.

Neither Bieksa nor Naslund were annoyed that I took some of their time. I've met some others but it was either just a quick picture or an akward moment (they were supposedly in a rush).

The worst one has got to be Dave Bolland. Met him in 2009 in a club. He was grinding some sluts and when I approached him he got all pissy. I began to walk away and then he called me a couple of things. Should'a beat his ass but I wouldn't take that risk (not that type of a person). Would have been a smart move though, hurt him and maybe we could've advanced to the 3rd round that year.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 05:50 PM

Stan Smyl or Burrows!

Hordichuk was hilarious too but he doesn't play with us any more.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:30 PM

Been awhile, any stories everybody? :)

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 10:41 PM

Guy LaFleur came to Nanaimo with the Old Timers Hockey League in like '97 when I was a lad, and my flyer # was called out for autographs. I spoke with him briefly (though he ignored me until I spoke french).... was nice enough! Haven't met any other players...

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:19 PM

Nicest was Ceasar Maniago, then a North Star who I chatted with while watching the Old Gumper play a preseason game with a mask.
Worst was Henri Richard, got his autograph but never liked him after that.
Guy Lafleur was good too.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:28 PM

Dan Hamhuis, very nice and polite guy. Markus Naslund and Ohlund were nice to me too but short meeting, Cloutier was a bit of a douche but again short meeting.

Dany Heatley and Scott Hannan are okay dudes I guess, not rude or nice just normal guys at an autograph signing, smiling a bit smallest of small talk and signing whatever wherever.

Paul Reinhart and Darcy Rota are really nice guys but i think retired hockey players just have more time to talk :P

Grew up and still live by Brett Connolly, hes a year older than me, mature beyond his years and to strangers he's very nice and around people he knows hes an average dude, likes to party every now and then like everyone else, cracks jokes and so forth, fairly easy going but a beast in the gym

Also played hockey against RNH, never really talked to him but that kid is so focussed on and off the ice.

Oh also sat behind Gilbert Brule at game 2 of SCF this past year, didnt wanna bother him with his family but those that did got a nice response from him.
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:33 PM

oh oh forgot also grew up playing hockey with Brett Bulmer (2nd round pick of Wild 2 years ago, played 7 games at the start of the season this year, one was in Van) and went to high school with him BIGGEST DOUCHEBAG IVE EVER MET, tried fighting a guy in my hockey class, typical hockey player at school-chirping kids for no reason. Also never really comes back to PG or does anything at all for the community unlike other prolific hockey players like Connolly and Ryan Howse(3rd rounder of Flames) or Brandon Manning (played a few games for Flyers this year).

Straight douchebag but thats his game, big ego but gives him that confidence to score all the goals he does. I have friends who play in the WHL and they say hes the most hated guy in the league
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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:43 PM

Jason garrison is cool.

Offered to bring me to a game if I ever went to FL.

Trains in van city offseason and likes it here.

If you like looking at statistics to determine who's better, you're just a casual fan.

2.41 season GAA isn't very impressive. Let's not get into playoffs and his SV%.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:20 AM

Danny Gare pure class. Also not a player but I met Tom Renney when he was coaching the Rangers seemed really nice too.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:45 AM

The nicest by far to me was Trevor Linden hands down, met him more than once, but the one time I will always remember was when I was younger I had a binder of hockey cards, but I had 37 Trevor Linden cards in it. I was at my fathers work and because my father works with professional athletes Trevor was one of his clients technically his first client ever, which started his career, anyways, my father asked Trevor if he didn't mind signing one of my cards. Trevor said sure no problem, when he saw my binder he said how many you have I showed him how many I had, he said I will sign them all. I was shocked he sat there and signed 37 of my cards of him with no problem at all. I was the happiest kid ever I just couldn't believe he would spend the time to sign every card I was not expecting that at all, but that's how nice of a guy he was. To this day they are still in the binder and haven't been removed!

Also had the opportunity to meet, Jyrki Lumme at his house, very nice guy and very friendly. I met Paul Kariya a couple of times and his sister and younger brother Steve who used to play with Vancouver, they all are nice people. Also met Cliff Ronning a few times, once at his home, he actually gave me one of his hockey sticks about 8 years ago that him and another ex NHL player were making, the Warrior one piece stick. Met Joe Sakic at his parents house one time, he was a really nice guy as well.

I also met Markus Naslund at his home when he used to live here, honestly I didn't find him to be one of the nicest guys I had met, but he still beat out Pavel Bure. Bure was a dick, I met him in the dressing room after a Canucks game when they used to play at the Pacific Coliseum, it was for my birthday. I had 3 other friends there with me, we all wanted his autograph, but when we went up to him he walked passed us and didn't want to sign our cards, eventually Gino Odjick no joke told Bure to come back and sign these kids cards. Gino believe it or not was naked and we still got his autograph it was pretty funny, we laughed about that on the way home.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:48 AM

Darcy Tucker.

He is the only one I met.

He signed stuff for us, and took pictures! While he was on vacation too! He didn't have to do any of that but he did!

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 07:39 AM

Met Milan Lucic near my house when he was still with the Giants. He was nice and a bit quiet. He was my favorite giant's player until his antics in the finals... And the way he picks his fights... But still I am fan

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:00 AM

I know how much you guys love him around here, Mason Raymond

Actually stops, and acknowledges you as a human being. Comes by work every so often

My friends mom has met him a few times and says he's a great guy to talk to. I personally have never met a pro athlete.
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:03 AM

Isn't every player nice/funny when they meet their fans?

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 08:25 AM

Isn't every player nice/funny when they meet their fans?


I've heard some bad stories :(

Its not all smiles and autographs.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:45 AM

I met David booth in Florida when the Canucks were down there. He's a pretty nice guy and didn't mind talking but obviously wanted to watch the game. Also I met brendan Morrison but I was like 5. I remember getting his autograph and him being extremely friendly. Also met the sedins before they got really famous in about 2004. They were extremely humble and nice kinda quiet but they were amazing

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:09 AM

Bieksa, the guy is awesome.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:32 AM

I ran into the Darcy "The Mayor" Rota at Horseshoe Bay. He was walking his dogs and waiting for his wife. For those that weren't around, he was a sniper back in the '82 cup final days, but had to end his career due to injury. He was not only the nicest Canuck, but a pretty sweet guy as well. He signed my hat and was generally interested in what I was doing and where I was from. He later re-approached me after he saw that my GF had an iPhone and asked if I wanted to take a picture with him. Blew me away, as I was just a kid when they made the run to the finals in '82.


Ya he is a very nice guy.  He lives down the street from my parent's house.  Babysat his kids when I was growing up.  Always nice and always has a super nice lawn when I walk by it these days.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:35 AM

I've heard some bad stories :(

Its not all smiles and autographs.


Agreed. I've heard things about some current and ex-Canucks which I should keep to myself.
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:49 AM

Paul Kariya's Uncle taught me Chemistry in grade 12. We always tried to get him to bring in his nephew, he always said maybe to keep our hopes up. Never met Kariya but still his uncle taught me all about neutrons and atoms and what not. Does that count for famous?

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:50 AM

He's a ???? all-star, everybody else is on a level beneath him.


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Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:53 AM

Burrows

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 12:43 PM

Burrows, Gino Odgick, Robert Kron, Dana Murzen, J. Lumme, and Doug Bodger (just because he was my neighbour for 8 years)
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 02:34 PM

Worked at a downtown Vancouver theatre (which no longer exists) in the 90's. Lots of Canucks and opposition players would go see a movie on off days, had the chance to meet dozens of players. Most would stop and talk about hockey ro the movie they were about to see.

Hands down....Linden, Ronning and Gelinas were the nicest Canucks. I'd probably give Ronning the edge.
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 02:43 PM

King Richard awesome

Tiger Willams.. not so pleasant and I'll leave it at that.

As for nicest NHL player for me, hands down Rick Martin. Send him a letter asking if he would be willing to sign a puck fo me, he said yes. Sent the puck and he delivered the puck himself to me because he was in town to visit his sister in law Could not believe my eyes when I opened the door. RIP Mr. Martin

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 04:18 PM

Kes was nice to me
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:23 PM

Gino Odjeck was super friendly the few times I've met him. Bure was pretty cool too when I met him, talked and signed without any complaints or feelings like I was bothering him.
And Volpatti, but he's a buddy of mine so that doesn't really count.
Weber was a pretty cool guy when he was younger, haven't seen him for about 7 years though.
Darcy Rota was always super nice, but I was young. He's related to family friends, so he would visit a lot in the summer so I'd see him a lot.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:22 PM

Mason Raymond, Alex Burrows and Cory Schneider were all very nice,
Cory even did the Hansen voice for us
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:01 PM

Personally, Ray Ferraro, Mitch Fritz, and Linden were the nicest.

Haven't really met any disheartening ones. I heard Kesler/Luongo were pretty bad from a few different people. Can't blame them though. They garnish a lot of attention.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:27 PM

Well, let's see. I once went to a Superskills event and Salo and Ohlund waved to my family in my car. Does that count? And Ryan Walter was my neighbor once. I don't really remember him that well.

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