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Rookie Hazing - FEB.25.08

Mason Raymond


<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> While we have a rare day off – not sure if we’ll be getting many more with the final stretch run coming – but I’ll give you a quick update.

Last time I wrote, it was Dice and Ice and since it was my first year at the event, I really didn’t know what to expect. Most of you probably already saw or heard but as with years past, rookies always have to provide some entertainment, this year was no different. Unfortunately for me, I was a the mercy to yet another rookie initiation. First the pie and now dancing!

I said before the event that I didn’t know what was happening but I knew that something was going to happen, well they didn’t tell us… ever. I went into it completely blind. I didn’t even know what I had to do until the girls came on stage! Now, performing isn’t really my kind of thing but I didn’t really have a choice. I was more than happy not to be the winner though because that way I didn’t have to be in the dance-off. Luc really had fun with it but he’s a musician so he has experience performing, so it’s no surprise he won but Alex’s robot wasn’t half bad.

<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/02/diceice2008_raymond_bQ.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/02/diceice2008_raymond_bQ_t.jpg border=0 align=right vspace=3 hspace=4></a> It was fun but I won’t be sad to pass the torch to someone else. Everybody’s got to through their rookie hazing and I’m looking forward to mine being done so I can sit back and watch the other guys do theirs.

The last road trip was really great, getting to have my dad with me and getting to show him my life now with the team. It was nice to get to take them out to the rink because they used to take us out as kids so they got to see how our schedules work and see all this side of the travel. They got to do some more activities with each other more than we did, which was great because the dads got to know each other and see the cities we visited. We were doing most of our pre-game stuff while the dads explored the city.

<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/02/FEB1908_Father-SonTrip01_b.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/02/FEB1908_Father-SonTrip01_t.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4></a> I know my dad had a great time and I’m sure all the dads really got a chance to enjoy the trip. Getting wins out of those cities really topped off a great trip. I was really glad we got to bring out dads out and spend some quality time with them because we rarely get to other than in the off-season.

That’s it for now, I’ve got to recharge the batteries for practice tomorrow and get ready for the next few games. </td></tr></table>


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hahaha... oh the rookie initiations... I feel bad for all you guys, but you gotta do what they force you to do.

But it's good to see that you enjoyed it.

good luck in the next few games


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I saw the rookies dance on canucks TV, it was great, really entertaining almost as good as last year, but u guys didn’t have to sing, so I think you guys got off easy :P

When I heard the canucks where going to take their dads on the road trip with them I thought it was really cute, you guys probably don’t get enough time to just hang out and have fun, so I think that was a great idea

Everyone is playing great right now, keep it up, and I hope we can get some more games where the rookies lead the pack, you guys are amazing out there

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Hey Mason,

You did awesome in the dance competition and it's been awesome to watch you get better and better every game! Keep it up and I hope you can stay a Canuck for a long time to come!

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thanks for the blog mason!! we always appreciate it =] i'm glad you had fun at Dice and Ice and on the road trip with your dad! you've been playing awesome, keep up the good work!!! love you<3 byee


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You were better at dancing then Marc Chouinard was singing! Looking forward to seeing some fantastic things from you in this stretch run.

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You were better at dancing then Marc Chouinard was singing! Looking forward to seeing some fantastic things from you in this stretch run.

hey bud, watch it.. i am a Marc Chouianrd fan i dont appericate anything aginst him, plus he was singing in french hard to tell what his singing skills are when u dont understand what hes saying

and Chouinards doing an amazing job with Switzerladn 34 games in and he has 11goals 10assists, he plays on the first line

so lay off <_<

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so are you adding dancing skills to your resume? haha jk

thanks for the quick update for us fans! it was great being at gm place on saturday for the 4-1 win and the open practice! JUICE #3 IS BACK! =)

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Playing junior in Alberta I have to assume this years rookie hazing was a hell of a lot easier haha.

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Hey Mason, Hope to god you don't become trade bait here on deadline day, You are the man, You and Shannon play really well together, I'd like to see you with Pyatt out there as well, But Cooker is doing a good job.

Look forward to see your next game.

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Hey Mason. Saw you play against the Wild on the feb 19th sitting just behind the bench. You had a great assist I actually thought you scored the goal, but an assist is always good. It must have been a good time with you dad. Well see you at the next Wild game. :D

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haha the rookies dance was awesome!! you guys did great!...Must of been really fun to have your dad on the road trip!!....your doing great on the ice, keep it up!!!!

your fun to watch, keep those goals coming!..thanks for the blog


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