Vancouver Canucks – through a Passionate Fan’s Perspective of all the Canucks (NHL) hockey games, personnel, prospects, trades, signings, who’s scoring, why not, who should be benched, systems, cap space, the playoff race, farm team, etc.
I started writing or should I say blogging, in September of 2008 on a Vancouver Sun Sport site called “Fan Attic”. I was very fortunate to be approached by “bleacherreport.com” in April 0f 2009, and shortly after became the Vancouver Canucks Featured Columnist (169 articles) until September of 2010.
Early in 2010, I joined up with a colleague (Mark Ritter) of mine and wrote several blogs on his site, “The Slap Shot“. I also have been writing for the Vancouver Sun Sports site again, on the newly developed “Fan Attic“.
In August of 2010, The Canucks IceMan site was redeveloped and launched, so I look at the following month, September, as the real start of this site.
Thanks for taking the time to read my articles. And now some background.
I never played at the Junior, Pro or Semi-Pro level or coached at any of those either. What I am is a “Good Canadian Christian Kid” who grew up with skates on his feet since the age of seven.
I learned to skate on the pond behind the farm outside of Calgary (Alberta) near Airdrie, and played on outdoor rinks in little towns like Empress, Bindloss, Airdrie, cities like Edmonton and many others that I have just plain forgotten.
On high school teams I played as a bantam and on the Senior Men’s team circuit out of Medicine Hat, I played part of the game (starting goalie got hurt) as a 14 year old goalie. In BC, drop-in hockey in the Richmond Industrial League (even though it was a beer hockey league, some good players and former Junior players passed through there), Greater Vancouver League and so on, until I was in my late 20′s.
I then entered the National Coaches Certification Program, which is a prerequisite for coaching in Minor Hockey Associations these days. This led me to coach bantams, midgets and adults, off and on until several years ago, for a total of 25 years. So “old school” I am not.
My involvement in hockey has been over 50 years now and I have seen a lot of changes in the NHL during that time, with the most recent being the “best”. The skill, speed, and physical play since the league put in measures to tone down the obstruction, has made it truly the “best game in the world”.
I hope to share some insight, enjoyment, information and passion with those that follow and support this hockey team, because “We Are All Canucks“.