The Canucks Fan Olympic Primer

Canucks-Olympians

NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at both former and current Canucks to provide you with a comprehensive primer for the upcoming 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia. Players are listed by status within the organization and nation to provide the perfect Vancouverite’s guide to 2014 Games.

Does Dan Hamhuis Belong on Team Canada?

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NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a lot at whether Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis has a shot at making the Canadian Olympic hockey team. Compelling arguments are raised, while an interesting case is presented; the problem being, Canada just has a lot of really darn good defenceman. Hamhuis is in tough.

Relationship advice with (fake) Dr. Travis B. Erbacher – Luongo edition

When someone asks you if you’re going to show up to do your job, don’t reply “well, I guess I have to”.

NWSB Insider & Vancouver Canucks blogger Travis Erbacher weighs in today on the rocky relationship between GM Mike Gillis & on again off again Nucks backstop Roberto Luongo. He says Lu has to suck it up. Play great hockey. Win us a Stanley Cup. Win us a gold medal. He also says Lu should when asked if you’re going to show up to do your job, don’t reply “well, I guess I have to”. You signed a contract of your own free will Lu, now honour it.

Liberté, égalité, fraternité – The NHL and LGBT rights

Could tonight be Ryan Kesler's last game at Rogers Arena?

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Travis Erbacher takes a hard look at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia where LGBT athletes and spectators will be at risk of persecution, particularly if they live an open life and refuse to hide their sexual orientation. The Russian government has defended its law by claiming it does not violate the Olympics anti-discrimination requirement. The IOC has appallingly said that it is “satisfied” with this nonsense.

A tale of two tournaments: NHL and the Olympics

Luongo Canada

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks’ blogger Travis Erbacher brings you a detailed analysis and comparison between success in the Olympics and success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Though there are certain outliers in the group, Travis points out players who were outstanding in the Stanley Cup Chase and how they helped their national teams achieve glory as well. Canucks fans will surely see Ryan Kesler, Roberto Luongo, Dan Hamhuis, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin in Sochi…right?

Nicolas Batum punch: Competitive edge or simply uncalled for?

Nicolas Batum Punch Olympics vs. Spain

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Bryant Knox weighs in on the Nicolas Batum punch heard around the world today. The Olympics have seemingly brought out a different side of the 23-year-old competitor. At the end of France’s matchup against Spain in the men’s quarterfinals, he swung and connected on a low-blow to the groin of Juan Carlos Navarro. OUCH.

Analysis & Expectations: Trail Blazers new coach Terry Stotts

Terry Stotts Trail Blazers coach

NWSB Writer Blair Thomas talks about the Portland Trail Blazers new coaching hire this week one Terry Stotts. Stotts record is 115-168 in his prior two stints as head coach with the Milwaukee Bucks (2005-07) and Atlanta Hawks (2002-04). Blair says if the new coach has the ability to communicate with LaMarcus Aldridge, then Rip City could find itself at the beginning of a revival.

NWSB Exclusive: Twitterview with Vancouver Whitecaps striker Atiba Harris

Atiba Harris

@AtibaHarris9 Over the past two weeks, the Vancouver Whitecaps have traded two world class strikers, in Eric Hassli and Sebastien Le Toux; the decision to do this has some ‘Caps fans shaking their fists and scratching their head. Fear not Whitecap faithful, the ‘Caps have an embarrassment of riches at striker, one of which hasn’t […]

Would a Healthy LaMarcus Aldridge Be on Team USA?

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers

NWSB Insider Bryant Knox poses a good question/option for Team USA. Could Team USA use a healthy LaMarcus Aldridge? Not since Clyde Drexler has the Portland TrailBlazers fielded an Olympian. With Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and Blake Griffin out because of injuries, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love and Anthony Davis are the lone big men on this year’s team.

Northwest Athlete Profile: Eli Pasquale

Eli Pasquale

NWSB Insider Dave B brings us another Northwest Athlete Profile of a hometown hero in Victoria. Eli Pasquale was a leader and a champion for Canada and the Univerisity of Victoria Vikings. At the height of just 6’1” tall, Eli Pasquale is the University of Victoria’s All-Time leading scorer; he was inducted to the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003 and to the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Northwest Athlete Profile: Bruce Alec Wilson

Bruce Wilson

Bruce Wilson will go down as one of the greatest and most influential Canadian soccer players of all time. Dave B. profiles the Vancouver born man who went on the captain Team Canada in their only appearance at the FIFA World Cup of Soccer in 1986.

Vancouver Canucks Birthday Presents: Jannik Hansen

Jannick Hansen

NWSB Vancouver Canucks Insider Josh Hall continues the Birthday Presents trend onwards and upwards as Jannik Hansen celebrates his 26th B-Day this Thursday, March 15th. The Honey Badger doesn’t really care what he gets but if you are really so inclined to get him SOMETHING, get him something off this list. What are you waiting for? This is just a synopsis…click the link!

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