I recently stumbled across this video of lighter moments with Canucks head coach John Tortorella.
Made two months ago, it was clearly designed to soften fans' concerns about Tortorella's anger-management issues.
In the big-money world of professional sports, it's not surprising that an NHL franchise would engage in this type of public-relations exercise.
But what took me aback is that it has now become a paid ad on YouTube.
Perhaps it's an indication that the Canucks plan on keeping Torts around for another season, notwithstanding this year's dismal results.
The 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastic Championships came to the Richmond Olympic Oval from April 9 to 12.
Hosted by Gymnastics Canada and Gymnastics B.C., the event featured top gymnasts from Pacific Rim countries in artistic, rhythmic, and trampoline competitions.
The heads of all the Australian pro sports leagues have gathered to form a united front against homophobia.
At the Bingham Cup, the five major sports leagues—cricket, rugby union, rugby league, football, Aussie rules—made a historical move on April 9 by pledging to eliminate homophobia in sport and singing the Anti-Homophobia and Inclusion Framework for Australian Sport.
The Bingham Cup is a biennial gay rugby tournament named after the late Mark Bingham, a former University of California, Berkeley rugby star who established two gay rugby clubs. He died in the September 11 attacks on United Airlines Flight 93, and was among the group of passengers who attacked the hijackers, causing the plane to crash in a field before they reached their Washington, D.C. target.
The CBC's Battle of the Blades is hanging up its skates.
The Canadian TV ice-dance competition is the latest series to face the axe as the national broadcaster announced on April 10 that it would be eliminating 657 jobs and budget cuts of $130 million due to declining ad revenues and TV ratings, and a loss of $115 million in federal funding.
Battle of the Blades was similar to Dancing With the Stars, in which celebrities were paired with professional dancers. In this case, hockey players were paired with figure skaters to compete in figure-skating routines to raise funds for charities.
It's a dark day at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
The national broadcaster has announced that it's cutting 657 jobs over the next two years, leading to one-time severance costs of $33.5 million.
It's also making budget cuts of $130 million in 2014-2015 and opting to no longer compete with private broadcasters for the rights to professional sports.
Today the Vancouver Canucks joined a trend in NHL management: hire the favourite son. The idea of an ex-player turning into a front-office suit is as old as Lester Patrick, but more recently we’ve seen club after club install a former “face of the franchise” player at the top of its executive ranks. Cam Neely in Boston, Joe Sakic in Colorado, Pat Lafontaine (for about five hours) in Buffalo—and now Trevor Linden, who was introduced to the media as the Vancouver Canucks’ new president this morning at Rogers Arena.
On April 5, the Vancouver Stealth hosted the Toronto Rock at the Langley Events Centre.
In National Lacrosse League action, the Stealth lost the game by a score of 17-9.
The Stealth will play the Rochester Knighthawks on the road on April 12.
The most beloved Vancouver Canucks player of all time is taking over the hockey team's front office.
Today (April 9), the Canucks announced that the former captain has been named president of hockey operations and alternate governor to the NHL.
The move follows the firing of Mike Gillis as president and general manager on Tuesday (April 8). The Canucks have yet to name a new general manager.
As many fans predicted—and hoped for—Mike Gillis has been fired from the Vancouver Canucks. The NHL club announced today (April 8) that Gillis has been relieved of president and general manager duties.
"On behalf of my entire family, I would like to sincerely thank Mike Gillis for his hard work and the many contributions he made on and off the ice during his tenure,” Francesco Aquilini, chairman of Canucks Sports & Entertainment stated in a news release. “The Vancouver Canucks had success under Mike's leadership, and we nearly reached our ultimate goal; but I believe we have reached a point where a change in leadership and new voice is needed.
Here’s something that most true hockey fans will never understand: what possesses a seemingly normal human being to stand up at rinkside and start banging on the glass?
You certainly aren’t going to get the attention of the players, so all you’re accomplishing is making life miserable for those around you. The people in the row behind you can’t see, the ones on either side of you don’t need a reminder of how enraged apes behave at the zoo.
Normally, glass bangers spend the entire game ruining everything for everyone. Occasionally though, as you’ll see from the clip below, they get what they deserve. Let’s hope the bozo in question lost a couple of teeth, preferably front ones.