CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for February 23 – The Way It Is (Haters Gonna Hate)

With the Vancouver Canucks’ thrilling 4-3 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings, the Canucks ended Detroit’s impressive 23-game winning streak at home and pulled within a point of Western Conference-leading Red Wings (and with a game in hand).

Despite the Canucks’ great play of late, they were still named as the Most Overrated Team in the recent NHLPA Player Poll conducted by Hockey Night in Canada.

In this Clay’s Canucks Commentary, I look at some of the reasons why the Canucks are deemed to be overrated…and I bring in my buddies Joseph, Oggy, Jason, and Patrick to help me express it in song.

Sorry…our famous foreign exchange student Kevin is not in the video…he is back visiting his parents in Japan.

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Making the Most out of Lent

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16)

If you ask a young person what he might be doing for Lent, you’ll likely get responses along the lines of:  “I’m giving up Facebook” or “I’m giving up eating chocolate.”

Granted, these may be noble notions on their own, but young people (along with many adults) often get too caught up in what they might be “giving up” for Lent instead of why they are doing it.

We know that Lent is a solemn, reflective season that prepares us for Christ’s glorious resurrection at Easter.  The forty days of Lent recall the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert resisting Satan’s temptations before starting his public ministry.  During Lent, Christians are called to renew themselves through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (charity).  Think of it as a spiritual tune-up.

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The “Band” Behind the Matt Maher Concert

Just 30 hours or so removed from our first-ever Archdiocesan Conference, I’m still in a bit of a daze:  I’m exhausted, optimistic, grateful, encouraged, and proud among many other feelings and emotions.  In particular, I’ve been reflecting on the Matt Maher concert that kicked-off the Conference on Friday night, and the months of planning that went into it.

The concert was 8 months in the making, stemming from a meeting at the OYYAM.  We had just been charged with the responsibility of planning and executing the “Friday night” portion of the Archdiocesan Conference and after a bit of brainstorming about potential events and ideas, our decision was unanimous:  it was time to bring the Grey-Haired Canadian back for an archdiocesan event for the first time since Spirit Day 2009.

I fired a text message off to Matt in July and he was interested from the very beginning.  However, he cautioned me that they had a couple of irons in the fire so-to-speak with respect to other tour dates (that have since come to fruition…including the East Coast USA tour they interrupted to get to Vancouver on Friday).  After numerous emails, phone calls, text messages, negotiating, and anxious moments, we finally signed the contact in October…4 months after our initial contract and just 4 months prior to the Conference!

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CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for February 11, 2012: Your Favourite Hockey Memory (Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada)

My son Sean and I took in the festivities at the Richmond Olympic Oval for the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebration on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

We were able to witness a celebrity ball hockey game, some junior hockey, street hockey, NHL awards, NHL Hall of Fame exhibit and much more. We also met Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, legendary broadcaster Jim Robson, and Captain Canuck himself, Trevor Linden (look for a video blog soon on http://www.canuckshockeyblog.com)

I, along with the Canucks Hockey Blog crew, interviewed many attendees at the event and ask them: What is your favourite hockey memory?

In this CCC, I share some of my pics from the event as well as my own favourite hockey memories.

I would love to read or watch some of yours…so post a reply below!

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The People’s Court: Clay on Trial for Acting Like a Fool

Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury: you have an extremely important decision to make.  Your task is simply to determine whether or not the defendant, Mr. Clayton Imoo of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry (OYYAM), is guilty with “acting like a fool in the presence of Archbishop Michael Miller.”

You will be presented with five different exhibits of varying degrees of humour, embarrassment, and ridiculousness.  Listen carefully to each one.  Try to picture each scenario as it played out.  And most importantly, remain objective.

Now Mr. Imoo (referred to as “Clay” going forward) will say that the proof is in the pudding: the OYYAM continues to do good work, his staff is well-liked and well-respected, and he still has a job.  And he may argue that he just plays some of these encounters up just to have fun; or that some of them were caused by him being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Whether you believe him or not will be at the heart of your decision.

Let’s begin shall we?  For the purposes of this case, Archbishop Michael will be respectfully referred to as “ABM” to help out the person typing on that weird typewriter machine in the courtroom.  Does that thing even work?

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