CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for June 19, 2011: Looking Back at an Amazing Season

In my final regularly-scheduled CCC for the 2010-2011 season, I look back at a truly amazing season for the Vancouver Canucks: a season that ended with a disappointing and bitter defeat to the Boston Bruins, ending the Canucks’ hopes for their first Stanley Cup in their 40-year history.

I include a lot of footage from after the game, including the presentation of the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophies, the merciless booing of Gary Bettman, and the loud ovation for hometown-boy Milan Lucic.

I also touch on the riot, the aftermath, and some other memorable moments from this season.

And finally, thank you to all of you, the faithful viewers of these video blogs. I appreciate all of the comments, feedback, suggestions, and encouragement. See you next season and Go Canucks Go!

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

CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary June 15, 2011: It All Comes Down To This (Nothing Else Matters)

We’re a few hours away from the most highly-anticipated game in the 40-year history of the Vancouver Canucks: game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Canucks and the Boston Bruins.

It’s been a wild and entertaining final with a little bit of everything: good goaltending, shaky goaltending, last-minute goals, quite overtime finishes, fights, hits, injuries, taunting, and even a suspension. But for the Vancouver Canucks, even after 7 pre-season games, 82 regular season games, and 24 playoff games, it all comes down to this: one game. Winner claims the Stanley Cup, loser laments what could have been.

So as the Canucks and Bruins lace up their skates for game 7, a lot of things that we fans have been concerned with simply don’t matter anymore. See what I mean in this CCC.

Win or lose, this will likely be the most historic night in Vancouver Canucks history! Go Canucks Go!

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

CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for June 13, 2011: Bring the Cup Home!

With a win tonight in Boston, the Vancouver Canucks can win the Stanley Cup for the first-time in their 40-year history. But it won’t be easy…the Bruins hammered the Canucks by a combined score of 12-1 in games 3 and 4.

The Canucks can look to the Dallas Mavericks for inspiration; the Mavs won their first-ever NBA title in franchise history by beating the Miami Heat in game 6…on the road. Sound familiar? If the Canucks do win, I hope their post-game celebration is a bit more memorable and exciting than the Mavs’ was.

I also touch on the contenders for the Conn Smythe trophy, including Luongo, both Sedins, Kesler, Bieksa, and Tim Thomas.

I’m looking forward to what could possibly be the most historic night in Vancouver Canucks history! Go Canucks Go…bring the cup home!

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

CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for June 10, 2011: It’s Called Home-Ice Advantage for a Reason

The Boston Bruins have evened the Stanley Cup Finals at 2 games apiece after another dominant win, this time defeating the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in game 4 in Boston.

As the series returns to Vancouver for game 5, I have noticed that there are many Canucks fans looking to jump off of the bandwagon. While I have no problem with fans jumping on to the bandwagon, I can’t stand it when people jump off.

Canucks fans need to be loud and proud in game 5 at Rogers Arena. In winning the Presidents’ Trophy, the Canucks earned home-ice advantage for the entire playoffs, and they’ll be at home for 2 of the last 3 games. The Canucks players say that they feed off of the fans’ energy when they play at home. Then we best give them something to chew on.

I’m looking forward to a memorable game 5!

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

The NHL Tribe Has Spoken…and it doesn’t like us

As the Canucks progress through the Stanley Cup Finals, we’re hearing more and more about players, fans, and even media who dislike our team.  Some of it’s unfounded, some of it’s comical, and some of it’s nonsense.  I must admit that I’m quite fascinated by the way the Canucks and their fans seem to be vilified across the league.

Dave Bolland and Ryan Whitney are two players who recently publicly stated their disdain for the Canucks.  It’s one thing for fans to spout off about opposing teams and players – just look at how much we chirp about the Blackhawks here – but it’s another thing when players get into it.  There are so many different factors and emotions at play, but I think it comes down to jealousy, envy, and pride.

It’s exactly like on the reality TV-show Survivor.

On the long-standing tv show, the “jury” (the players voted out prior to the final 3) gets to ask the 3 finalists anything they want in order to make their million-dollar decision.  Some of the jury members come across as classy, often congratulating the finalists for in essence outplaying them.  But more often than not, the jury members start whining, complaining and moaning about how they should still be in the running for the grand prize.  They resort to name-calling, cheap insults and personal attacks while refusing to admit they were outplayed and outwitted.  Sound familiar?

The best come-back is the proverbial “scoreboard” remark.  We can be content and proud knowing that we are one of 2 teams playing for the Stanley Cup while 28 other teams sit and watch.

After all, hockey sticks and stones may break our bones, but names will never hurt us.

Just don’t compare the Canucks to Richard Hatch.