CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for January 29, 2012: The Last Shall be First (All-Star Edition)

The NHL held its annual All-Star game this past weekend in Ottawa, with Team Chara defeating Team Alfredsson (with 3 Canucks) by a score of 12-9.

The All-Star festivities kicked off with the Draft on Thursday night in which San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture was selected 38th overall…or last.  While some people dismissed it as no big deal, in this CCC I argue that it is indeed a big deal to be picked last, even if it’s from a pool of 40 elite NHL players.

Through it all, Couture handled it with dignity and class and we can all look forward to many great years ahead from him.

Also, I will likely leave you yearning for more Marie Hui and less of me as I start this CCC off with my rendition of Vanessa Williams’ “Save the Best for Last”.

CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for January 22, 2012: Proposed New Canucks Superskills Events

I took my family to the annual Vancouver Canucks Superskills event at Rogers Arena and was generally entertained by all of the events: puck control relay, fastest skater, shooting accuracy, hardest shot, and breakaway challenge (footage included in video).

As I was watching however, I started to think of ways the Canucks could keep this event fresh and it dawned on me that they could add a bunch of new events.

Imagine contests for Hardest Hipcheck, Shot Blocking, Spitting, and Best Hairdo…the possibilities are endless.

See what a few of my friends and family members proposed…along with their predictions as to who might win.

Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!

10 Things You Don’t Want to Hear Your Dentist Say

Today I went to the dentist for the 6th time in the last 8 months.  In that time I’ve had a root canal, a crown put on, a few fillings and a routine check-up.  Slightly embarrassed at the amount of work he’s done in my mouth, I remarked to my dentist that I’ll be glad not to have to come back for a whole six months.  He mentioned that I’m actually not doing too badly considering I had gone close to 20 years without a check-up (sad but true).

In light of these experiences, I now present to you 10 Things You Don’t Want to Hear Your Dentist Say:


  1. “I hope you have a good dental plan.”
  2. “What do you mean those are your permanent teeth?”
  3. “Wow, look at all that blood.”  My dentist actually said this to me today after my gums started bleeding when he was showing me proper brushing technique.  He must have been going tough on me to prove his point.
  4. “Give me a second while I figure out how to stop the bleeding.”
  5. “Just a warning, I’ll probably end up cutting your lip or tongue.”  He said this to me too after I told him that in 2 of my last 3 visits, he cross-checked me in my mouth causing me to bleed.  He claims that I just have sensitive tissue.
  6. “How does it feel to be my first patient since I was reinstated?”
  7. “You’re going to end up looking like rapper Lil John by the time I’m done.”  This is more applicable to my son Sean who was 8 caps in his teeth.  And I’d be freaked out if my dentist knew who Lil John is.
  8. “I hope your Tooth Fairy has a second job.”
  9. “Drink more Pepsi.”  My dentist actually said this to me after I told him that I have drastically cut back on pop.  I guess he wants more business.
  10. “Ooops!”

Things That Make You Go Hmmm: CHB Tweetup Edition

This post also appears on Canucks Hockey Blog.

There are many reasons why you should eagerly anticipate the Canucks Hockey Blog tweetup at the Hog Shack in beautiful Steveston in Richmond taking place this Saturday afternoon:  a good game (hopefully) between the Canucks and the Sharks, good food, contests, and of course, great company.  As I look ahead to Saturday, there are a few tweetup-specific Things That Make Me Go Hmmm:

1.  Do you remember your first time? If this is your first-ever tweetup, we welcome you with open arms!  It promises to be a lot of fun and as they say, you always remember your first time.  My first tweetup was back on May 22, 2011 at Guildford’s Boston Pizza when the Canucks beat the same Sharks 4-2 to take a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Finals.  At this official Vancouver Canucks tweetup, I met JJ and Chris of CHB for the very first time, and they immediately put me to work making me film this.  We had a great time chatting and filming and we even roped the Game Day Guys (Andrew, Chris and Reigan) in for a few thoughts.  Thankfully, the first impressions were decent enough both ways as they are still letting me contribute to the site.  Other highlights of the day included meeting Nicole Van Zanten (Social Media Coordinator of the Canucks) and devouring my Hawaiian pizza.

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CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for January 15, 2012: Welcome Back David Booth

As the Vancouver Canucks kick-off a 6-game home-stand, they welcome forward David Booth back to the line-up after he missed 6 weeks with a knee injury.

Booth gives the Canucks more scoring depth, more flexibility, and reunites the American Express line (Booth, Higgins and Kesler).

Booth has quickly become my favourite player, and I can’t wait to see what he brings with his return.