Finding E-Mo: Get to Know Clay Imoo of “Clay’s Canucks Commentary”

In 1976, Larry and Joyce Imoo gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.  This boy was extremely intelligent, very creative, a natural leader, an outstanding communicator, a strong musician and a decent athlete.  He was also a passionate Vancouver Canucks fan.

Two years prior to that, his older brother Clayton was born.

My name is Clayton (Clay) Imoo and I’m excited to be a finalist in the “Replace the KB” Blogging Competition for the Province.  Given that you’ll be hearing from me over the next 3 weeks, I thought it might be good to give a quick intro to who I am. 

First and foremost, I am married to my lovely wife Gail.  We are high-school sweethearts and together we have 3 children:  Sean (10), Jacob (8), and Kayla (almost 4).  I work for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver as its Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.  I enjoy spending time with my family, writing, playing music, playing sports, and playing naptime.  I also enjoy speaking: I’ve spoken both nationally and internationally, including at conferences in Johannesburg and Houston. 

Oh yeah…the correct pronunciation of my last name is E-Mo.  Think of Finding Nemo but without the “N”.

As a husband, father, and director I have many serious responsibilities but I don’t take myself too seriously.  This comes across in my blogging.

I’ve been a fan of the Vancouver Canucks since childhood.  I have fond memories of listening to Canucks games on CKNW 98 in the 1980s. Dad, my brother Jason, and I would lie on Dad’s bed and soak in the descriptive commentary of Jim Robson and Tom Larscheid. Jason and I would often fall asleep before the end of the game, but it didn’t matter: that time together was very special. To this day, I’m not sure what Mom would do for those 3 hours, as there was certainly no room for her on the bed!

I’m a Canucks season-ticket holder, so I end up getting into Rogers Arena 10-15 times a season and more often during playoffs.  And yes, I did stay until the very end to see the Boston Bruins parade around the ice with the Stanley Cup.  Mostly because I was too afraid to go outside.

I do a regular video blog called Clay’s Canucks Commentary (CCC).  I started these during the 2010 playoffs and since then they’ve been featured on and other sites.  The CCCs have amassed just under 30,000 total hits on YouTube.  I started doing these blogs partly because of the popularity of my 2010 Winter Olympic Blogs, which received over 45,000 views on YouTube.

Here are 2 of my favourite CCCs:

Additionally, I write a regular column for the popular Canucks Hockey Blog called “Things That Make You Go Hmmm…”  It’s a take-off of the old Arsenio Hall Show segment and I look at things about the Canucks or hockey in general that are hard to figure out.  It’s been getting to know the CHB crew: they are a lot of fun, knowledgeable about hockey, and very supportive!

Also of note, back in early 2007, we put together the “Ultimate Canucks Haiku” for the old-school Ultimate Canucks Fan contest sponsored by the Vancouver Canucks as they were building up their web presence.  We won the title of Ultimate Canucks Family because of the video which now has over 29,500 hits on YouTube: 

We followed this up the following year with The Ultimate Canucks Newborn, which featured my daughter Kayla.  This video earned us the title of Ultimate Canucks Family for a second-straight year. 

Lastly, I had small cameos in two popular Canucks Fan Music Videos last spring:  “We are Canucks” by David Blair and “Before He Cheats” by RKB Productions.

So you can see that video-blogging is a large part of what I do.  I enjoy making the videos, and I trust that you’ll enjoy watching them.

God Bless and Go Canucks Go!

I’m Among the 15 Finalists to Replace the Kurtenbloggers

The Province made it official today by listing the names and brief bios of all 15 finalists in their competition to replace the popular Kurtenbloggers.

A few things stick out to me right away:

  • There are some really talented writers among the group and I’m truly flattered to be in the running.
  • Unless of course they were looking for some cultural diversity (there aren’t a lot of Asians).  They certainly weren’t looking for the best-looking.
  • I’m likely among the oldest (if not the oldest) in the group.
  • Only a couple of other bloggers mention family (and they both mention their mothers).  No biggie…likely an affirmation of my point above about my age.
  • I’ll be testing the patience of my wife and kids for the next few weeks!


Ultimately, the winners of this month-long competition will be the readers as they will be treated to 4 weeks of hopefully high quality blogging.

If you want to support me or at least track my progress, follow me on Twitter or find me on Facebook

God Bless and Go Canucks Go!


Things That Make You Go Hmmm…Polarizing Players and Powerplay Problems

I was at Rogers Arena last night as the Vancouver Canucks hosted the New York Rangers.  With the tribute to Rick Rypien, the return of Ryan Kesler, and the newest Canuck Dale Weise facing his former team, it promised to be a memorable night.  Unfortunately, with respect to the actual game, people will be remembering defensive breakdowns and seeing the Rangers win their first game of the young season.

As always, here are a few things that make me go hmmm…

1.  Roberto Luongo – or more accurately – his supporters and detractors.  The netminder is easily the most polarizing sports figure on the Canucks let alone in the entire province.  After the game, likely 75% – 80% of the Canucks-related tweets had to do with Luongo.  When he’s not playing well, his supporters preach patience while his detractors call him a waste of money and bust.  When he is playing well, his supporters remind us that he’s the best netminder we’ve ever had while his detractors say that he hasn’t proven anything until he leads the team to a Stanley Cup.  I’m not afraid to proclaim that I’m a Luongo supporter.  But I don’t flippantly point to him being a traditionally slow starter as an excuse for only one win in four starts.  Luongo must bear some of the blame, but he can certainly share it with his forwards who aren’t scoring enough and his defencemen who are breaking down at the most inopportune times.  One thing’s for certain however:  for the Canucks to win he can’t be the second-best goalie on the ice.

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CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for October 17: Reunion of the Ultimate Canucks Fans

I had a chance to catch-up with my good buddy Matt Hawkins ( who I met through the Ultimate Canucks Search fan contest back in 2007. In fact, both Matt and I won Honourable Mentions for our respective videos.

Now, four years later, I’m doing these CCC videos and Matt is ready to launch a new hockey-related video series: he’ll be doing motivational speeches for the Canucks as a “Coach” character.

Check out Matt’s insights on this year Canucks team and see what you can expect from his video series!

Curious Kayla: Why, oh Why?

I took Kayla with me to the Spirit Day Stage Team rehearsal this afternoon.  Among the many skits that the team practiced was the “Everything” skit by the band Lifehouse.  In it, Jesus protects the main character by shielding her from many “vices” (played by people).

On the way home, I asked Kayla what she thought of the rehearsal. 

 “It was fun” she said.  “My favourite part was when everyone said bye to me.”

 “What was your least favourite part?” I asked.

 “When Jesus pushed Oggy down” she answered.  Oggy played one of the “vices”.

 And then it started.

 K:  “Why did Jesus push Oggy down?”

 C:  “Because Oggy is a bad guy.”

 K:  “Why is Oggy a bad guy?”

 C:  “He’s not, he’s just pretending.”

 K:  “Why is he pretending?”

 C:  “Because it’s not real life.”

 K:  “Why isn’t it real life?”

 C:  “Because it’s a skit.  Anything else Kayla?”

 K:  “Why did Jesus push Oggy down?”

 Oh oh…it was time to try a different approach.

 C:  “Because he is protecting the girl.”

 K:  “Why is he protecting the girl?”

 C:  “Because he loves her.”

 K:  “Why does he love her?”

 C:  “Because he loves everyone.”

 K:  “Does he love the bad guys too?”

 C:  “Yes he does but he doesn’t want them to be bad.”

 K:  “Why doesn’t he want them to be bad?”

 C:  “Because he doesn’t want anyone to be bad.”

 K:  “I’m not a bad girl, right Daddy?”

 C:  “Right Kayla…you’re just curious.”

 K:  “What does curious mean?