To everyone who’s supported me: I am so grateful for your encouragement, support and advocacy over the past 4 weeks. You’ve had to endure a half-dozen emails (sometimes from out of town and/or at weird times of the night/morning), numerous texts, and countless Facebook updates.
Whether you read or watched every single thing I posted or you blindly just gave me a thumbs up without even reading a word, I thank you with all of my heart. Along with the 4 chosen winners, I think the real winners are the hockey fans of Vancouver as they were exposed to the good work of a new wave of bloggers. Sounds so cliché but it’s true. Well, it’s my story at least and I’m sticking to it! And it’s a lot better than accusing The Province editors of racism…haha.
I’m especially thankful for those who took time out to either appear in a video and in essence steal the show (Marie and Gene), do some masterful photoshopping (Chris) or send me song suggestions for my goal songs post (Mike, Jason, Jon, Dave, Joseph, Patrick and Richard). Obviously, I couldn’t have done it without you!
I will continue to write a regular column for Canucks Hockey Blog (www.canuckshockeyblog.com) and continue to do the Clay’s Canucks Commentary video blogs for my own site here.
Once again, thanks for your love and support. I’m blessed to have family and friends like you!
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 canucks.com 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!
Husband, Father, Youth Minister, Speaker: Lover of God, Family and the Canucks