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State Of The Canucks – Weekly Notebook | January 26th

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The Vancouver Canucks took advantage of a slow work schedule over the past few days, easing into the All-Star break with a pair of victories over the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers earlier this week.

After a pair of poor performances against Anaheim and Los Angeles the Canucks re-established their place among the NHL’s elite with a convincing win against the Sharks over the weekend.

Ryan Kesler played catalyst in the victory, skating with passion and purpose for the first time since Alain Vigneault had criticized his second line center.

Around the Rink

The Vancouver Canucks held their annual Skills Competition this past Sunday in anticipation of the league-wide festivities being held in Ottawa this week.

The Canucks will be sending four players to represent their team in the nation’s capital this year. Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Alex Edler and young star Cody Hodgson were all selected to visit Ottawa and are expected to make the event despite individual political affiliations.

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State Of The Canucks January 26th

Sami Salo and others not selected to the All-Star Game made the most of their teams own competition, lurking teammates and launching slap shots all in the name of the Canucks for Kids Fund.

Slammin’ Sami Salo won the hardest shot competition with a 102.7 mile per hour slap shot.

In addition to the Canucks for Kids Fund, the Canucks themselves were busy promoting another team-affiliated foundation this week as Mindcheck.ca was launched on behalf of Rick Rypien earlier this week.

The website will become part of Rypien’s legacy, designed to help BC youth and young adults in their fight against mental illness.

Close friend and teammate Kevin Bieksa was particularly involved in the creation of Mindcheck.ca as well as Rypien’s own fight against depression. Learn more about Rypien’s story and Mindcheck.ca below.

Canucks blogger Alix Wright summed it up best in regards to the Canucks and their recent off-ice actions.

[tweet https://twitter.com/#!/alixiswright37/status/161898202457571328]

In the Infirmary

Chris Tanev was called up for a one-game stint on the Canucks’ blue line earlier this week against the San Jose Sharks but was sent back down to Chicago following Sami Salo’s return to the lineup over the weekend.

Salo was in top form over the weekend, slamming the hardest slap shot on the team during the Canucks’ Skills Competition and looked sharp in his return from a concussion against the Oilers in a 3-2 win.

In The Community

THE FAN ZOO

The Canucks recently announced a partnership with The Fan Zoo, a Vancouver-based sports memorabilia company. The Fan Zoo will be hosting auctions at Rogers Arena on-line and through a mobile application. Auction items include authentic autographed photos, jerseys and more. More

DICE AND ICE

Amidst the stunning backdrop of Vancouver Harbour, nearly 800 of Vancouver’s finest men and women joined forces at the 13th annual Dice and Ice Benefit. Every Canuck, their families, management, coaches and Canucks Alumni were in attendance at the fundraising event. More

CANUCKS FIRST STRIDES

Canucks First Strides is coming to Rogers Arena, February 16th! BC novice players learn the fundamental skills of hockey, develop friendships, practice fair play, fitness, safety, teamwork and the importance of a positive attitude. Go to canucks.com/firststrides or call 604-899-7771 to register today! More

Whats On Tap This Week?

NEXT 5 Remaining Games
Date vs Last Meeting
1/31/12 CHI 1-5 11/16/11
2/2/12 DET 4-2 12/21/11
2/4/12 @COL 6-0 12/6/11
2/7/12 @NAS 5-6 12/1/11
2/9/12 @MIN 3-0 1/4/12

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