<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,
<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 talking abo
<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 t
<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>Let me clear something up right off the top: I see I’ve been taking some heat for my traffic jam comment. I’ll admit, I completely forgot about the Colwood Crawl, but I’m from Saanich and I never have to deal with that. I went to Claremont, so it was just straight back-and-forth to Saanich for me. Easy drive.
<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 was really nice to get the first day done – it felt like a lot of weight was lifted, which made it a bit easier to relax but it’s not over yet. The anxiety isn’t there as much so I’m able to show who I am more as a player and hopefully get the attention of the guys upstairs. It’s only the second day in Victoria and it’s
<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’m not going to lie, the first day on the ice was intimidating. I set the alarm for 7:05, but it was one of those nights where you’re rolling around because you’re worried about sleeping through it. I think I finally rolled out about 7:15. It was fairly quiet at breakfast this morning. Everyone was on the sh
<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>After enduring the fitness testing yesterday morning, we almost immediately took the ferry over to Victoria. I’ve never been to Victoria so it was really exciting, as if there wasn’t enough excitement with just camp itself, going on the ferry was great. There aren't a whole lot of ferries where I am so the big ship, the w
<table width=90%><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>So, I’m about to check a couple of "firsts" off my list today: my first NHL training camp and my first ever blog. My approach is pretty much the same for both - I don’t have a whole lot of expectations, I just want work as hard as I can… well, maybe not as much on the blog as on the ice, but I’m prepared to give it my best
<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>Last night I tried to have a relaxing night - I just went out to dinner with a friend at the Cactus Club. I tried to watch some TV, but I knew I had to get my rest for a big testing day this morning. To tell you the truth, I didn't sleep the best. I was a bit nervous for today. My mind was just racing, mostly because I wa
<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>You know how an airplane has to burn all the fuel on take off just to get to a cruising altitude and fly smoothly the rest of the way? Well, that’s September to us hockey fans: it’s the launch - finally! - of the hockey season. And it couldn’t come any faster; any longer without it and I may have started caring about Arod’s poor ankle or wh
<img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/hendersonblog.gif align=left hspace=4> I always say “the deeper they go in the playoffs, the better the jerseys look”. And the sweater they are wearing when they finally win the Cup? Well, that one will be cherished as the most beautiful garment imaginable. Men will get married in that jersey.<br><br> Only in hockey-mad Vancouver would so many fans turn up on a warm and sunny summer afternoon to get first gander at w
<img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/hendersonblog.gif align=left hspace=4>WHEW! It was incredibly difficult to believe that the Canucks organization would ever make such a spectacular misstep. Screwing over perhaps your most beloved player once is bad enough, but twice? Unthinkable! Thank heavens we have dodged that bullet. I was pretty sure that Dave Nonis was far too canny to allow it to happen, but years spent following the Canucks can encourage a fan to brace
<img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/mikeblog.gif border=0 align=left hspace=4 vspace=1>Hockey never feels further away then it does when the calendar is stuck in the middle of July. Making matters worse, we fans didn’t get a huge trade to keep us fat, happy and talking until the first leaf drops in the fall either. That's not to say Sir Dave Nonis, while his counterparts drunkenly emptied their wallets at the start of free agency, hasn’t been a busy guy this offseason
<img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/hendersonblog.gif align=left hspace=4>Will it be splendidly emblematic of everything we stand for here in Canuck Land, or will it be Buffalo banana slug ugly? That will be the question when the local hockey faithful finally get to clap eyes on the brand new team jersey. I find it rather amusing that men whose typical, carefully-considered sartorial routine consists of grabbing the cleanest t-shirt and pants off the floor, manage t
<img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/hendersonblog.gif align=left hspace=4>Are you kidding me? For this I spent an entire hockey season grimly following Swedish Elite League games on the Internet?? Grasping at charity scrimmages and prospect tilts like a shopper grasping for the last pair of size 7 sling-backs at the Army and Navy Shoe Sale? (Sorry boys, but there are so few chick analogies in sports writing – you have to throw the occasional one in). Silly me, I be
For the second time in three games, the Victoria Salmon Kings have won a game in a shootout by the identical 3-2 score. This time the victory came in a rink that has often frustrated Salmon Kings fortunes. Randall Gelech would open the scoring and in the second Chad Painchaud made it 2-0. Shortly after captain Wes Goldie missed on a breakway, the puck ended up on Aces captain Scott Burt's stick. Burt then send the puck flying into the Victoria net. With the Aces third line buzzing, they created
I think it is time that the intro song for the Canucks was changed. Sorry but here in Vancouver our streets do have names as U2 would otherwise have us believe! I have found a track that would not only pump up the players but the fans as well. Check out this link on You Tube and lets get the new song pumping in GM Place!
This little clip took all of 10minutes to throw together but I think it shows that the track playing would be alot more adrenaline boosting then U2's sleepy, old song! Yes/No
When Team USA announced their roster at the end of the Winter Classic, I could have bet money that Zack Bogosian of the Thrashers would have been on the team. Luckily I didn't because Burke made a mistake by not including him in his National roster. Insted of Bogo, Burke picked the likes of Jack Johnson, Erik Johnson, Brain Rafalski, and Ryan Suter, all of whom were obvious choices to make the squad. What surprised me the most was the other 3 Dmen taken: Brooks Orpik, Paul Martin, and Mike Komis
Weather patterns were reveresed on the second night of the new decade as a howling blizzard started near Victoria and roared into Cook Inlet. It raced through downtown Anchorage and reached its peak right over Sullivan Arena. Until a warm wind blew in from the Aleutian Islands near the end of the game, the Aces were floundering, with the Salmon Kings swamping them with six unanswered goals. Two goals for the Anchorage team at the end made it a 6-2 final for the Salmon Kings. Randall Gelech led
Happy new year everybody, and welcome. This coming October the Vancouver Canucks will begin their 40th season in the NHL. Given that there are 10 months left until October, I figured it was only appropriate to count down the months with an ever-popular top ten list. With one blog a month, I will be posting my top ten Canuck moments and memories.
Things to keep in mind:
1) This is in my opinion, and mine only. You don't have to agree, nor do I expect most of you to.
2) I was born in 1
The Vancouver Canucks have hit the midway point in their quest for hockey's holy grail, Lord Stanley's Cup, - here are 5 more players with the top grades so far this season.
Christian Ehrhoff, A
Ehrhoff nods while celebrating his OT winner against the St. Louis Blues Dec. 31/09
Even after registering 15 points in his first 13 games with the Canucks, "B-Mac" from Team 1040 (radio) still wasn't sold on Christian's defensive abilities. But I say that's why Vancouver has the Mitchell's and
so Ive watched every game in the playoffs so far and after tonites game I'm a lil shakey about the finals. for starters luongo is gota pick it up rebounds goin everywhere. he gets so off his game trying to push byfuglien everywhere and then they scored. for seconds the NHL does not want the cup in vancity. the reffing is horrible. Chicago is gettin away with too much. and 3rds. the PK can't get anybetter of luo doesn't pick it up. they say ur best penalty killer is the goalie well folks our goal
well I watched game 6 and was stunned. luongo was good in the 1st period but sucked the rest of the game. off season gillis should do a lot. trade luongo for a decent goalie and some prospect or for a decent goalie and some d-man. and if mike doesn't do this then take the C from luo cuz it's just a big distraction for him. now kesler had to be injured or something cuz he wasn't good at all the whole series. D-man. nothing at the back end at all. bieska what where you thinking when that pass came