A Brown Man in Vancouver

Nov 20

Good Night, and Good Luck

Editors Note: This post is being featured by The Province newspaper as part of a contest to replace the Kurtenblog. If you like it, let the powers that be know at Replace the KB and give it a thumbs up. Follow me on Twitter @ABMiV604, for the latest use #replacethekb and #ABMiVarmy. Thanks!

My entire life, I have desired to do something, in any capacity, to work in sports.  This was doubly true for my beloved Vancouver Canucks. As I got older, and embarked on a professional career, I had to resign myself to the fact that these dreams would probably never be realized.

Then over a few pints, one of my oldest friends mentioned that The Province was holding a competition to replace the Kurtenblog. As I considered it, I knew that this was the chance that I had always hoped for.

After harassing the editors, writers, and anyone else I could get a hold of at The Province, I was honoured by being named a finalist, and getting to participate in the contest to Replace the KB. 

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Nov 20

The 5 Best Trades in Team History

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For all the bad trades we looked at yesterday, the Vancouver Canucks have actually managed to pull of some great moves for the club. It is nice to know that we are not the only franchise that squanders young talent from time to time. Nor are we the only team that has given up on someone too early. Misery loves company, huh?

Below are some of the greatest trades for the Canucks, including a few absolute steals, and a couple that changed the direction of club history, for the better. I guess more than anything, this just shows you what a crapshoot being a GM can be. Even the great ones can be wrong, and even the terrible ones are right, occasionally. 

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Nov 20

Planes, Trains, and Autombiles (Mostly Planes)

Editors Note: This post is being featured by The Province newspaper as part of a contest to replace the Kurtenblog. If you like it, let the powers that be know at Replace the KB and give it a thumbs up. Follow me on Twitter @ABMiV604, for the latest use #replacethekb and #ABMiVarmy. Thanks!

You hear a lot about how much the teams in the Western Conferences of any major sport have to travel. As opposed to the densely populated eastern seaboard, or midwest, there is a lot of space between clubs out west. I had always assumed that the Canucks probably logged the most miles since their closest opponents are in Alberta or California. Or maybe this year Winnepeg, because of their inclusion in the Southeast division.

However, I was wrong. After doing some preliminary research, I came across this excellent analysis of the mileage each NHL team will fly this season via On the Forecheck. The team that actually logs the most miles this season is: the LA Kings?!

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Nov 19

The 5 Worst Trades in Team History

Editors Note: This post is being featured by The Province newspaper as part of a contest to replace the Kurtenblog. If you like it, let the powers that be know at Replace the KB and give it a thumbs up. Follow me on Twitter @ABMiV604, for the latest use #replacethekb and #ABMiVarmy. Thanks!

In the eyes of many, the Vancouver Canucks are a model franchise. They have been tremendously successful on the ice, have legions of loyal fans across North America, develop talent well, sell tons of merchandise, and are financially rock solid. 

This was not always the case, however. For the majority of their first 30 years of existence, the club was a ragtag collection of lovable losers, winning in spite of themselves. Nowhere was this more evident than in some of their head scratching trades.

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Nov 18

Six Oddities and Curios from the Canucks’ Shop

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As I often do when I have time to waste on the internet, I took a minute to check out what was new and exciting over at the Canucks’ online store. Aside from the standard fare, such as jerseys, hats, scarves, and so on, there was a bunch of unusual apparel. Some of which you would never associate from hockey.

The sports world is know for licensing anything they can to make a buck. Anyone remember those NHL toothbrushes, shaped like hockey sticks, back in the day? The gear I am talking about is beyond Christmas decorations, or Oriental rugs, to the truly bizarre. The kind of stuff only super fans, the truly deranged, or possibly both, would own.

I have gone to the depths of the team store to find you the truly unique, truly rare, and truly strange of Nucks merch. What you see below are the six best, sure to please even the hardest to shop for fan. Click the links to purchase. 

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