Richard Hodges previews the Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks Jan. 27 matchup. The Canucks are in tough in the next 48 hours with back-to-back games against the West leading Sharks and the Stanley Cup champs LA Kings. It’s gutcheck time he says. Jason Garrison might recognize former teammate and Shark Matt Irwin from their time on the Nanaimo Clippers. For all the talk of Patrick Marleau, let’s not forget Mason Raymond is also coming off a two goal game.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger is back inside from laying out in the Victoria sunshine. Teachers and their summers off. He reports on the BIG news this week out of Vancouver that the Canucks have locked defenseman Jason Garrison via free agency from the Florida Panthers. Garrison has less than 3 full years of playing time leading to a fair inexperience factor, but he does bring size with a 6’ 2” frame that packs a solid 220 lbs.
NWSB Blogger Dave B. checks in this time with a Northwest Athlete Profile on Victoria BC boy Mel Bridgman. Bridgman started his junior career in Victoria where he played four games for his hometown Cougars during the 1971-72 season. Bridgman’s last season in the NHL was the 1988-1989.
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges goes in depth on relative Canucks newcomer Byron Bitz. He’s probably not going to win the Conn Smythe (probably, you never know), but Bitz is a very nice piece indeed to add to the team free of charge and possesses a lot of traits the Canucks may have been looking for at the deadline.
NWSB insider Dave B brings us another profile featuring an athlete from the Northwest. Jason Garrison took the extremely hard road to get the NHL. After shining in the Vancouver Minor Hockey System, he failed to be drafted higher so he played for Nanaimo Clippers of the BC Junior Hockey League. Then onto the University of Minnesota Duluth squad. Garrison played for the Florida Panthers minor league team until he finally got the call.
NWSB insider Dave B brings us another Northwest Athlete Profile, following Ryan O’Byrne. O’Byrne started off playing for the Victoria Salsa before going on to play for the enemy, the Nanaimo Clippers. He attended Cornell University, a cliche nowadays for Canadian hockey players. O’Byrne was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens and skipped his senior year at Cornell to play for their minor league team.