Super Bowl XLIX takes place Sunday (February 1). While some football fans will be heading out to Super Bowl parties at Vancouver restaurants and bars, many people will likely watch the big game at home.
When it comes to Super Bowl-friendly food, the focus is typically on hearty finger food that goes well with beer—think: chicken wings, burgers, sliders, nachos, and dishes you’d find at a tailgate party.
With this in mind, I’ve combed through about two years’ worth of Georgia Straight cooking columns to bring you Vancouver chef-approved recipes ideal for Super Bowl Sunday.
Paulina Gretzky is now a mom.
The former Maxim magazine cover girl, singer, and daughter of hockey great Wayne Gretzky has given birth to a baby boy in Los Angeles.
Her fiancé Dustin Johnson confirmed that the boy was born Monday (January 19) in a statement sent to ABC.
"Both Paulina and the baby are healthy, resting comfortably and in great spirits! We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received and plan to release further details in the coming days!"
It's Wayne Gretzky's first grandchild.
The Canucks and the Lightning each had plenty of power-play opportunities, but all of their goals came at even strength in Tampa Bay's 4-1 victory tonight.
After a scoreless first period, Valterri Filpulla put the Lighting in front at 13:32 of the second period. Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan recorded assists.
Then the Lightning scored two goals in the first 4:16 of the third period—one by Alex Killorn and the other by Brian Boyle—before Frank Corrado finally got the Canucks on the scoresheet at 8:09 of the final frame.
An empty netter by Killorn at 17:34 finished off the visitors, who were coming off three straight wins on the road.
Vancouver's $6-million man, Ryan Miller, nearly pulled off something unheard-of in Canucks history: three consecutive shutouts on the road.
But at 17:28 of the third period, Brandon Pirri of the Florida Panthers beat Miller.
However, it wasn't enough to offset first-period Canucks goals by Radim Vrbata and Bo Horvat as Vancouver managed to notch its third straight win on the road.
Miller may not have Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo's personality, but he was superior in the net in the Canucks 2-1 victory over Florida.
Tonight, Vancouver will aim for four in a row in Tampa Bay, which is leading the Atlantic Division with 62 points.
Just when you thought he’d quietly hung up his skates, Todd Bertuzzi is making a bid to return to the NHL.
The former Vancouver Canuck last made headlines in September of 2014 when, in one of the most head-scratching—not to mention hushed-up—occurrences in NHL history, he was part of a payout to former Colorado Avalanche agitator Steve Moore.
(You might remember Moore, who clearly didn’t understand the Code of Hammurabi—or the concept of what happens on the ice stays on the ice—suing Bertuzzi for a punch during a Canucks-Avalanche grudge match in 2004. For more on that, read here.)
The Canucks are hoping to put a disappointing loss behind them when they lace up the skates tonight against the Detroit Red Wings.
Detroit is in third place in the Atlantic division with 49 points in 38 games. Vancouver is tied for third spot with San Jose and Calgary in the Pacific Division with 45 points.
The Canucks have two games in hand on the Sharks and four games in hand on the Flames.
Forward Zack Kassian is expected to be back in the lineup at Rogers Arena following the Los Angeles Kings' come-from-behind 3-2 victory in Vancouver on January 1.
Kassian has two goals and three assists in 17 games this year. He missed 13 games with a broken finger.
Who's going to fight Brian McGrattan?
That's a question on the minds of some Canucks fans after general manager Jim Benning put enforcer Tom Sestito on waivers.
If no other team grabs Sestito, he'll go down to the farm to play with the Utica Comets.
A year ago, Sestito and McGrattan squared off in the main event of a line brawl between the Canucks and Flames.
That led to former head coach John Tortorella's crazy decision to try to charge into the Flames' dressing room during the first intermission. This resulted in a six-game suspension and the beginning of the end of Tortorella's tenure in Vancouver.
McGrattan is 6'4" and 235 pounds.
Sestito is 6'5" and 228 pounds. The next biggest Canuck is centre Shawn Matthias at 6'4" and 223 pounds.
The Vancouver Canucks are hoping to add to their two-game winning streak tonight in Anaheim.
Ryan Miller is expected to be in goal against the league-leading Ducks.
Anaheim may put Ilya Bryzgalov between the pipes after Frederick Anderson was in the net for the team's 2-1 shootout loss last night against the Arizona Coyotes.
It will be the third meeting of the year between Ducks centre Ryan Kesler and his former Vancouver teammates.
The Canucks lost five in a row in December before bouncing back with wins against the Flames and Coyotes before Christmas.
Barring injury against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday (December 27), Ryan Kesler will lace up the skates on Sunday (December 28) for his third game of the season against his former teammates.
The Canucks will be in Anaheim to play the Western Conference-leading Ducks.
Vancouver is in third place in the Pacific Division, a point behind the San Jose Sharks with two games in hand.
The Canucks won their first game this year against the Ducks on November 9. It came in a 2-1 shootout victory crowned by former Duck Nick Bonino's goal.
In the same game, Kesler hit the post with his shootout attempt, but he had an assist on the Ducks' only goal.
In their second match on November 20, the Ducks defeated the Canucks 4-3 in the shootout.
Looking for an excuse to get out of the house on Christmas Day?
In Vancouver, the Fraserview, McCleery, and Langara golf courses will be open on December 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
According to the park board, it's the second straight year this is happening.
The opening hours for these golf courses will be dawn to dusk for the rest of holiday season.
While the pitch and putt courses at Stanley, Rupert, and Queen Elizabeth parks are closed for the winter, the park board says in a news release that people with their own clubs are "still welcome to hit balls on the greens".