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.

Rick Rypien – My favourite Canuck of all time

Rick Rypien

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “the Flying V” Vanstone weighs in with another lockout post today. This one is special to him. His favorite all-time Vancouver Canucks player is Rick Rypien. While battling his own personal demons off the ice Rypien jumped at the opportunity to defend his teammates, Kevin loved this about him. Read on for more…

Lockout got you down? *My* top five Canucks moments in time

Rypien vs. Mayers Moments In Time

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck weighs in today with some thoughts on the Canucks thru the years in a flashback post detailing his top five moments in time. Number One. Canucks vs. Flames. April 10th, 2010. It was also the first time and unfortunately the last time I got to see Rick Rypien fight in person. A fond and great memory Mitch will always have.

Moments in time: Canucks fans remember the fearless Rick Rypien

Rick Rypien

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck weighs in today on some classic Rick Rypien moments in time today one year to the day since the death of Ryp. He recounts a special goal in this one. Vancouver had many highlight reel goals in 2008/09, but to see Rick Rypien and Darcy Hordichuk combine on a goal was pretty special. Not to mention some good scraps like one with Hal Gill.

One year later: What has changed since the loss of Rick Rypien?

Rypien & Bieksa

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger the Flying V remembers Rick Rypien one year after his tragic death. Depression is a deceptive issue, one that rarely manifests itself publicly, instead secluding the mind to the dark recesses found behind a fake smile. In the macho-man world of professional hockey, there seems to be little room for talk about depression, a disease still perceived by many to be a simple weakness.

Top 10 Vancouver Canucks 2011-2012 moments in time Part 2

Canucks vs. Bruins

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges, who proclaims he is on permanent vacation has taken a break from lounging on the beach aka his deck to bring us some of the most heartwarming and goofiest moments of the past season for our beloved Vancouver Canucks. Here then are moments 5 to 1. The Duncan Keith hit, the battle in Boston, the Zack Kassian for Cody Hodgson trade and more…

Top 10 Vancouver Canucks 2011-2012 moments in time Part 1

Alain Vigneault was relieved of his duties by the Canucks on Wednesday.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges, who proclaims he is on permanent vacation has taken a break from lounging on the beach aka his deck to bring us some of the most heartwarming and goofiest moments of the past season for our beloved Vancouver Canucks. Kevin Bieksa’s bum will never be the same. The weirdest rivalry of the year was the one between Vern Fiddler and Kevin Bieksa. Wait what…

Blackhawks vs. Canucks Game 50: Woooah, We’re Halfway There…Kinda

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks

Josh Hall one of our Vancouver Canucks bloggers is back with his Tuesday Chicago Blackhawks vs. Canucks matchup preview. Tuesday 7:00 p.m. PT, on Rogers Sportsnet. Fight night? Unlikely. Dan Carcillo being out for the season with a knee injury and Dale Weise and Keith Ballard won’t know who to drop them with. Patrick Kane vs. Ryan Kesler should be a good tilt though.

State Of The Canucks – Weekly Notebook | January 26th

Canucks Hockey News

Our man Kevin V. is back with another edition of the Vancouver Canucks Notebook. The Canucks recently announced a partnership with The Fan Zoo, a Vancouver-based sports memorabilia company. With former teammate Rick Rypien in mind close friend Kevin Bieksa was particularly involved in the creation of Mindcheck.ca. Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Alex Edler and Cody Hodgson are at the All star game.

Canucks Kevin Bieksa is Going Through A Tough Time Right Now

Rypien & Bieksa

Richard Hodges tells us that Vancouver Canucks Kevin Bieksa is having a pretty hard time of late. His best friend Rick Rypien after all passed away this summer. The two become close during their years in Manitoba, it was Bieksa who pumped Rypien’s tires after Rick’s NHL debut.

State Of The Canucks – Weekly Notebook | October 19

Rick Rypien

Our man Kevin V. has his pulse on the Vancouver sports beat. He’s back with another edition of the Vancouver Canucks Notebook. The Canucks’ 4-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Rick Rypien night Tuesday was again blamed on Roberto Luongo, he’s back on the horse Thursday night when the Canucks take on the Nashville Predators…

Game 6 Wrap-Up: Vancouver Canucks blasted by Rangers 4-0

Kevin Bieksa

Canucks insider Kevin Vanstone breaks down the Game 6 matchup between the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks. Despite the return of Ryan Kesler to the Canucks’ lineup the home team was unable to manage the puck behind Henrik Lundqvist who pitched an impressive 40-save shutout from the Rangers’ crease. Hightlight on Rick Rypien night was Kevin Bieksa fighting Brandon Dubinsky.

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