NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Bryan McFarlane tells us today that the Canucks are NOT just Vancouver’s team. The entire province of BC holds their collective breath when Van City takes the ice. The Canucks are our cultural glue. We all might disagree on political issues or world issues or the state of the economy, but we can all say in unity that we love our hockey. That Roberto Luongo should be traded or not…etc
Steve Lee profiles one of the Northwests own, Ryan Dempster of the Texas Rangers, but before that the Chicago Cubs. Born and raised in Schelt British Columbia. He’s the second winningest pitcher in Canadian Major League Baseball history, and Dempster is a prime example of the Maple Leaf talent that has recently found its way into the elite ranks of professional baseball,
Dave B. Profiles one of the Northwests own, Defenseman Karl Alzner of the Washington Capitals. Dave tells us how Karl Alzener hails from Burnaby BC, and how he made his way up the ranks of the CHL into the NHL, collecting a captaincy for Team Canada at the World Juniors along the way and how he started his Junior career for the Calgary Hitman.
Dave B. Profiles one of the classiest hockey players of all time, Joe Sakic. The Burnaby born and bred sniper played 20 seasons and now has his number retired by the Colorado Avalanche, the organization he spent his entire career with, including the first few with the Quebec Nordiques. He remains part of the NHL landscape today as Executive Advisor and Alternate Governor for the Avs.
Dave B. took a step outside the box with this one and profiles Rugby Canada’s best ever Gareth Rees. The hulking fly-half and full back was born in Duncan, BC and is the son of former Welsh rugby player Alan Rees. Rees retired in 1999 but remains in the broadcasting side of things. Team Canada misses you Gareth, but being an analyst on Rogers Sportsnet suits you to.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve brings us a good piece on the M’s today. Center fielder and Victoria BC Canada native Michael Saunders is under the spotlight. When the Mariners did select him in 11th round, the thought was maybe he could develop into a fourth outfielder at best, with a knack for speed and using his glove as his biggest asset. It’s not everyday an 11th round pick ascends to the major leagues.