CCC – Clay’s Canucks Commentary for January 14, 2011: How to “Canuck” the Other Team

For my first CCC of 2011, I reflect on the Canucks’ incredible rise to the top of the NHL standings and ask the question:  “What is a Canuck?”

Most Vancouver fans know that Canuck is slang for Canadian, and that Johnny Canuck was a political cartoon character from back in the day.  But it’s quite a deviation from other NHL team names.

Of the other 29 team names, the most common themes are:

-scary animals & creatures
-weather & natural disasters
-war terms

I also examine how some team names are better than others when it comes to describing action.  You’ll see what I mean.

I end off the video by outlining 5 key reasons why the Canucks were so good for the first half of the season.

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