He shoots, he scores!! Oh is this ever sweet! Canada’s national winter sport is much faster, hard-hitting, and entertaining than anything else out there.

Travis Green to coach the Vancouver Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks named Travis Green as their 19th head coach at a press conference Wednesday morning.

Green joins the Canucks from the Utica Comets, the club’s AHL farm team, where he also served as head coach. Under Green’s leadership, the Comets went 35-32-9 during the 2016-17 season; since 2013, he’s coached 304 games going 155-110-39.

The Castlegar, BC native played in the NHL after being drafted by the New York Islanders in 1989 and competed with the Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple LEafs, Boston Bruins, while appearing in 56 post season games.


Source: Vancouver Canucks

Desjardins released as Canucks coach

Following one of the Vancouver Canucks’ worst seasons, the team announced this morning that Willie Desjardins would no longer be coaching the team. Also let go were assistant coaches Doug Lidster and Perry Pearn.

General Manager Jim Benning made the statement, adding that “…we felt this change was necessary as we continue to develop a young team and look ahead to the future.”

Desjardins joined the Canucks as head coach in 2014.

The Vancouver Canucks finished 29th in the 2016-17 season with 30 wins, 43 losses and 9 overtime losses for 69 points.

Sources: Vancouver Canucks, NHL

Vancouver trades Burrows to Ottawa for Dahlen

Alex Burrows

Alex Burrows during a pre-game warm up with the Vancouver Canucks.

After 12 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, winger Alex Burrows heads east in a trade with the Ottawa Senators. In return, Vancouver receives forward Jonathan Dahlen from Ottawa.

Burrows, who hails from Pincourt, Quebec, spent his entire NHL career (up until this point) with the Canucks. Known for his aggressive style of play, he was no stranger to controversy involving other players and on-ice officials. Burrows tenacity was a boon for Vancouver, especially scoring shorthanded or overtime goals when needed. During his 2016-17 season with the Canucks, Burrows scored nine goals, with 11 assists, earning 20 points.

Dahlen, from Ostersund, Sweden, started the 2016-17 season with the club Timra, scoring 24 goals, with 17 assists for 41 points. He has also played for Sweden’s national team in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, as well as the under-17 competition in 2016.

Source: Vancouver Canucks

WHL team makes Giant move to Langley

In what seems like downsizing, the Vancouver Giants confirmed Tuesday that the team is leaving the Pacific Coliseum for the Langley Events Centre. The WHL team will play the 2016-17 season at the new facility.

The 5,276 seat Langley Events Centre, situated at 7888 200 Street, Langley, is a considerably smaller venue than the aging Pacific Coliseum. The 15,713 seat Coliseum was home to the Giants since their inception to the league in 2001.

Giants owner Ron Toigo stated that “This is a decision that allows us to relocate to an area where a very high percentage of our core demographic live.” and “…allows us to have a home venue whose size will enable us to sell out games, create a fun game night atmosphere and give the team some real home ice advantage.”

A name change is not in the plans of the team’s transition from Vancouver into Langley; they will still be called the Vancouver Giants.

Source: Vancouver Giants

Canucks get Philip Larsen from Oilers for draft pick

The Vancouver Canucks have received defenceman Philip Larsen in a transaction with the Edmonton Oilers for a fifth round pick in 2017 NHL Draft according to a release by the Canucks.

Larsen, who hails from Esbjerg, Denmark, played 54 games for Jokerit Helsinki during the 2015-16 season in the KHL, collecting 38 points from 12 goals and 26 assists with 39 penalty minutes. Before joining Vancouver, Larsen participated in 125 games between the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers, amassing 31 points with 8 goals and 23 assists with 42 minutes in the sin bin.

The 26 year-old defenceman was selected 149th in the fifth round of the 2008 NHL Draft by the Dallas Stars.

Source: Vancouver Canucks

Canucks vs Flames in round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

It’s that time of the year again! After missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year, the Vancouver Canucks are back and paired up with a familiar rival: the Calgary Flames. The two teams appear evenly matched, so it’s expected to be close, yet exciting series.

  • Game 1: Wednesday, April 15th – 7:00 pm PDT at Vancouver
  • Game 2: Friday, April 17th – 7:00 pm PDT at Vancouver
  • Game 3: Sunday, April 19th – 7:00 pm PDT at Calgary
  • Game 4: Tuesday, April 21st – 7:00 pm PDT at Calgary (if necessary)
  • Game 5: Thrusday, April 23rd TBD at Vancouver (if necessary)
  • Game 6: Saturday, April 25th TBD at Calgary (if necessary)
  • Game 7: Monday, April 27th TBD at Vancouver (if necessary)

Source: Vancouver Canucks

Baertschi, Conacher join Vancouver

With the 2015 trade deadline come and gone, the Vancouver Canucks have added two new forwards to their roster. Sven Baertschi, joins from the Calgary Flames in return for a second round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Cory Conacher comes over from the New York Islanders in a swap with Dustin Jeffrey. General Manager Jim Benning held a briefing Monday to welcome the two to Vancouver.

Baertschi, who hails from Bern, Switzerland, made 15 appearances this season with the Flames racking up four assists for four points, along with six penalty minutes. Picked 13th in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames, Baertschi has played in 66 NHL games with the team.

Conacher, from Burlington, Ontario, also played in 15 games this season with the Islanders, scoring one goal with two assists for three points and 14 penalty minutes. Conacher played previously for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres before signing as a free agent with the New York Islanders on July 1st, 2014.

Sources: Vancouver Canucks [1, 2]

Miller out, Markstrom in

Ryan Miller before pre-game warm-up

Ryan Miller before pre-game warm-up in November 2014.

With goaltender Ryan Miller sidelined for a possible four to six weeks, the Vancouver Canucks have brought Jacob Markstrom up from the Utica Comets.

Miller suffered an injury to his right knee after fellow Canuck Jannik Hansen collided with him during the game against the New York Islanders on Sunday, February 22nd. Vancouver would go on to beat New York 4-0.

The 25-year old Markstrom has played 26 games going 17-7-2 with four shutouts during this season in the AHL. Markstrom, who hails from Gavle, Sweden joins fellow countryman Eddie Lack in net.

Sources: Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Sun

Burrows suspended for three games

Alex Burrows during warm-up

Alex Burrows during warm-up

The National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety has handed a three game suspension to Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks following an illegal hit on Alexei Emelin of the Montreal Canadiens during the game on Thursday, October 30th, 2014.

The illegal check to the head came at 8:23 in the second period of the game. Emelin was not in possession of the puck at the time of the hit, when Burrows’ shoulder made contact with Emelin’s head. A penalty was not called when the incident happened.

Burrows was assessed a fine of $72,580.65 in accordance with the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement, which will be given to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Vancouver went on to beat Montreal 3-2 in overtime.

Sources: NHL, CBC

Ryan Miller comes to Vancouver

There’s a new goaltender in town as Ryan Miller joins the Vancouver Canucks on a three-year contract after being signed on July 1st, 2014.

Miller, who hails from East Lansing, Michigan, played 59 games between the St. Louis Blues and Buffalo Sabres during the 2013-14 season, going 25-30-4 with 2.64 GAA (.918 Save %). During his NHL career, Miller has played in some 559 games going 294-194-60 with 2.59 GAA (.918 Save %) and 29 shutouts. The 33 year-old played in 53 post season games, reaching the Eastern Conference Final during the 2006 and 2007 NHL Playoffs. Miller also holds a Vezina Trophy for his performance during the 2009-10 season with a 41-18-8 record, 2.22 GAA (.929 Save %).

Hockey fans in Vancouver may remember Miller as he represented the United States in during the 2010 Winter Olympics, earning not only a silver medal, but tournament MVP, Olympic All-Star and Best Goalie awards.

Source: Vancouver Canucks

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