CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for April 28, 2011: MASH the NASH (and Round 1 Review)

For this CCC, I look back at the epic 1st round series between the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks, and in particular 5 intriguing story-lines that came from the series. 

I then look ahead at 5 things to look out for in the round 2 series between the Canucks and Nashville Predators.  I examine:

1.  Goaltending
2.  The Sedins
3.  Ryan Kesler
4.  Hamhuis and O’Brien
5.  The potential for boredom

4 wins down, 12 more to go.  It’s time to MASH the NASH!

Music is “Hockey Night in Canada” recorded by Naturally 7 on their CD “VocalPlay.” (

CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for April 25, 2011: Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures (Haikus for Game 7)

So it all comes down to one game between the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks to see which team will advance in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. Game 7 will be on Tuesday night at Rogers Arena.

After the Canucks stormed out to a 3-game lead, the Blackhawks have evened the series in mounting an improbable comeback. As the fans in Vancouver become increasingly nervous, I felt that I needed to go back to my roots. After all, desperate times call for desperate measures.

Thus, for this CCC I enlisted my kids to help me come up with Haikus to get us ready for the big game. We’ve had a good history with Haikus, as they helped us in 2 Ultimate Canucks Fans contests: Ultimate Canucks Haiku (over 29,000 hits on YouTube) Ultimate Canucks Newborn

Also, we put some haikus together before Canada beat the USA in last year’s men’s gold medal game at the 2010 Winter Olympics:

We’ll see what happens this year!

Music is “Hockey Night in Canada” recorded by Naturally 7 on their CD “VocalPlay.” (

Easter Musings: Smart Sean, Sly Sean, Sneaky Sean

We got home from an enjoyable evening at my brother Jason’s place at around 11:30pm and the three kids went straight to bed in eager anticipation of the Easter Bunny’s visit overnight.

Or so we thought.

As Gail and I prepped to make and hide the Easter eggs, I took a quick trip to Sean’s room to ensure that he was indeed asleep.  Sure, he was lying there with his eyes closed, but I needed to be sure.  So I walked up to him and whispered something in his ear that I knew would make him laugh if he heard it.  His “asleep face” turned into a smirk and then a smile on the way to full-blown laughter.

“Have you and Mom started hiding the eggs yet?” he asked.

Sean’s line of questioning was hardly a surprise to me as I got inklings this past Christmas that he was starting to seriously doubt Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny.

“What do you mean?” I asked back, answering his question with another question.

“What do you mean what do I mean?” he asked, answering my question to his question with another question.  “And have you written the letter from the Easter Bunny yet?”

I quickly decided that it wasn’t worth trying to hide it any longer.  It was either deny it and wait until he fell asleep (which could be 2am for all I knew) or enlist his help so we could finish earlier.

“Did you want to help us?”

Faster than he could say “I knew there wasn’t an Easter Bunny,” Sean ran down the stairs and offered his assistance to Gail, who quickly scrambled to hide all of the eggs and candy.

“Don’t bother,” I said, “he knows.”

Gail relaxed a bit…still surprised that our 9 year-old son was offering to help hide the eggs that he was supposed to find just a few hours later.

I gave one more warning to Sean:  “You better play along tomorrow!”

“Yes, Dad,” he replied, “I’m a good actor.”

Gail and I exchanged quick grins as we watched Sean sit down at our kitchen table to stuff the plastic eggs.  Tonight’s episode further confirmed what we already knew about Sean:  he’s smart, he’s sly, and he’s sometime sneaky.

Our grins turned into head-shakes as Sean added one more tidbit of info.

“Oh yeah…and when we got home… I ran to the iMac and checked the ‘recent documents’ to see if you had already written this year’s letter.”

CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for April 21, 2011: The Sky’s Not Falling…Yet

For this Clay’s Canucks Commentary, I welcome special guest director and cinematographer Ben Van Kleek ( to talk Canucks.  I met Ben earlier this month when he asked me to appear in David Blair’s music video “We Are Canucks” (as Ben was directing and producing it).

In this CCC, we give our impressions of the Canucks 5-0 loss to the Blackhawks in game 5 of their 1st-round NHL playoff match-up. We also talk about unruly fans, Canucks music videos, and Ben’s new Canucks fansite

I’m thankful Ben took some time out to talk to me after the loss, as I wasn’t in much of a mood to talk about the game!

Music is “We Are Canucks” by David Blair (