Winter in BC is oh so much fun.

Even though the calendar says November 17th, it looks more like December 17th out there.

It may be that in provinces such as Ontario and Quebec it takes at least a foot of snow to close schools, roads etc. Here in Vancouver and British Columbia that amount of snow would cause massive panic among its residents unless up on the hills of Cypress, Grouse or other ski/snowboard resorts.

Now its a common misunderstanding that it only takes a millimeter of snow to send this city into massive panic but in reality it only takes 5. Once we get to that point all hell brakes lose – schools close, drivers forget how to drive, big puffy coats are brought out of the closet and of course the umbrellas are in our hands 24/7.

Yes it may be true that the slightest snow sends people running for the nearest tire store or into full lockdown of any unnecessary travel mode, but really it can’t be that bad can it?

Just one day into this “early” winter I’m already seeing my in for one heck of a ride…Just coming down Austin in Coquitlam about a hour into the snowfall, there’s already at least 6 cars slipping & sliding all along the road, plus 4-5 accidents already.

The one thing that’s for sure – ICBC seems to be the only ones who enjoy Vancouver Winter.

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Good Riddance October

For the Vancouver Canucks October is as nice to them as Freddy Kruger is to his victims.

Another season, another miserable start. Coach Alain Vignaults club finished October with a 5-5-1 Record putting AV’s October record since joining the Canucks in 2006-07 at just over .500 with a 34-32-4 record.

What exactly is it with October? How exactly do the Canucks do so miserable in October and then turn the switch on when it comes up to November? I think almost every Canucks fan would like a peek into that particular Magic 8 Ball.

Well it also doesnt help that goaltender Roberto Luongo has a miserable October as well with a 30-29-4 record but thats not entirely all his fault over the six years he has been a member of the Canucks. Plus he truly makes it up with a November where he has a record of 29-16-4, including a 8-2 run.

Of course the 2011-12 version of the Vancouver Canucks were coming of a least we say disappointing Stanley Cup run, plus a major trade that brought in David Booth and Steve Reinprechit from the Florida Panthers and shook up the team dynamic in the middle of October. Still every Canuck must cheer at the thought of Halloween as the spooky day is the beginning of the Canucks change of fortunes.

But maybe , just maybe November will be just as good to the Vancouver Canucks as it has been in the past.

An A+ or Fail on the newest NHL change.

Another NHL season, another change in the uniform.

Apparently this is happening this 2011-12 NHL season

Minnesota Wild Head Equipment Manager Tony Da Costa tweeted images of Dany Heatly’s helmet just before the puck was set to drop on the new NHL season.

He added that all players will have numbers on the front and back of their lids beginning on opening night.

According to the NHL players numbers will be added to the front of all players helmets(#’s are not mandatory on goalie helmets). These numbers  will measure no less than 1.25″ and no more than 2″ in height. The new number placement is designed to aid on-ice officials, broadcasters etc. by providing an additional point of player identification.

Now I was at the Vancouver Canucks home opener last night and the first thought I had was this was going to get annoying fast. Home fans already know their players and numbers so really the only way I can see it being a good thing in terms of fans is when teams are on the road and the visiting teams.

Yes not all change is bad but since the 1950’s broadcasters have had some sort of number to identify who is who. Broadcasters seem to be doing fine with the 4 existing numbers already  (5 for teams like SJ & Dallas who have numbers on the front of the jersey).

I understand why they were added, if it helps with player ID then great all for it although I don’t get how the numbers will help in judging blindside hits which is the league’s biggest issue, but in terms of ascetics helmets just seem a little overcrowded.

It might just be the newness effect but for some jerseys and the Canucks included it just throws the whole balance of the uniform’s look. Number plus a team logo and helmet makers name make me think what’s next? Could it be advertising on the player’s lids or even the jerseys? As long we don’t start putting ads on jerseys and helmets like the European leagues I think I can eventually get used to the numbers on the helmet.

If we as the fans have to choose between numbers of the front of the uniform or a number on the top of the helmet, most of us would choose the latter as its really the lesser of 2 evils as well as the one that’s easier to get used to. Seriously though if we have an issue of identifying players maybe we should just hire local company EA Sports or 2kSports to digitally put that blue circle around the player with their name and number. Just Saying!

Heros come from everywhere

What is a hero?

The classic picture is of a young lad with muscles galore who does everything in his power to rescue the damsel in distress, or thats what Walt Disney would like you to believe. A hero is cape and form fitting suit is Super Man or Spider man’s way of life but really most heros are just ordinary people who we walk with everyday.

Last June, the city of Vancouver was taken over by rioters who were steaming from a Canucks Stanley Cup loss and wanted to do some damage. The very next morning heroes were born. They came in every age, sex and race carrying only brooms, brushes and garbage bags with no capes to be seen. They boarded up shops, removed garbage and made the city itself again in under 4 hours. Hundreds of thousands of people cleaning up a city they lived in and have fell in love with.

For the Vancouver Canucks this time of year is where the player remove the rust, play out the kinks and test out the prospects but it is also a time in which Canucks Sports & Entertainment is taking a minute to say thanks to the thousands who were there on June 16th cleaning statues, buildings and removing burnt out police cars and garbage cans.

During the first 3 pre-season games of the year the Canucks hosted members of the Vancouver Police Department & Royal Canadian Mounted Police who donned the riot gear and so valiantly protected the innocent and protected the city and its treasures, Vancouver Firefighters and Emergency Workers and First Responders including members of the BC Ambulance/Paramedic association, E-Comm 911 and staff from Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital who risked their lives to put out cars, garbage cans and pretty much anything on fire as well as tend to the injured no matter who that person was, innocent or not. So the Vancovuer Canucks final pre-seaon game on Saturday against the visiting Oilers is reserved to recognize those volunteers who initiated the clean up efforts through Facebook and Twitter and were there as early as 6-7AM to clean up a city that to some wasn’t even where they had a address.

For this the Canucks gave out tickets to those who participated and made a world of difference; entrants were asked to submit a 100-word blurb and photo of their clean-up efforts to be considered for the tickets.

Hira Gill, Calvin Ng, Aaron Bonogofsky, Anish Dwivedi, Tammy Post, Shannon Alexander and Michael Dharni, all strangers a night prior, are some of the fans who came together to piece Vancouver back together. Mandeep Hayer was there as well and it was an overwhelming experience for him.

“Having lived in Vancouver all of my life, and knowing what this city meant to me I knew I also needed to be part of this,” he wrote in. “I called several of my friends and we decided we needed to be downtown first thing in the morning to try and help our city. We arrived downtown at 8 o clock and joined the 100’s of proud citizens who were already working away trying to clean up this horrible mess. Everyone from little children to the elderly were doing everything they could, picking up little pieces of glass, cigarette butts, anything to clean our beautiful city. At the moment I had never felt prouder to be from Vancouver, this is what the real Vancouver was about: pride, community and love. I couldn’t help but shed a tear as I saw a place that was tormented that night, restored to all its glory by its loving citizens.”

The clean-up group created on Facebook helped organize and guide fans as to what needed to be done to undo the destruction, so while cousins Romi Gill and RJ Kohli weren’t brooms in hand, they’re the reason a lot of people were.

Gill and Kohli, who setup and promoted Post Riot Clean-up – Let’s help Vancouver, had over 20,000 Likes, which become a place in which people all over the world posted their post-riot support. The pair then took things a step further by creating therealvancouver.ca “to promote the goodwill in Vancouver and show the world that Vancouverites are peaceful people and riots were not caused because Canucks lost.”

Both Gill and Kohli will be at Saturday’s game, as will Ward Grant, the Neil Armstrong of the “Wall of Love” that surrounded The Bay, where fans left encouraging messages to the city, it’s inhabitants and the Canucks.

The morning after, something inside Grant was screaming about how deplorable this treatment of Vancouver was.

“This is unacceptable and I will not stand for this, so I painted a poster,” wrote in Grant. “All I wanted to do was sneak down and put my poster up. The rest, as they say, is history. Way to go Vancouver.”

Grant’s handmade poster read “On Behalf of my team and my city, I’m sorry!” in black, blue, green and white letters. After receving a cheer for posting it, Grant offered markers to the crowd that had gathered and as he said, “the rest is history.”

The riot is history as well, thanks to all those who demonstrated the Heart of a Canuck when Vancouver needed them the most.