Monthly Archives: January 2017

Episode #134 – Benning Binning In Colorado

The NHL All-Star game has come and gone, it was slow and boring and nobody seemed to enjoy themselves! But Don Cherry likes Justin Bieber’s back checking, so there’s that.

Ryan, Geeta, Dave and his visiting sister Jennifer are on the bench this week. They discuss the aftermath of the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles, Snoop Dogg’s F-Bombs, Justin Bieber’s run in with Chris Pronger and the pageantry of the game itself.

They also play Don Cherry’s very accurate comments on the game’s calibre of play during a rather lively Coach’s Corner. Don didn’t care for the action and neither did most watching at home. Ryan provides side by side comparisons of how the game was broadcasted to in Canada and the United States as well.

They also discuss the NHL 100, the 100 best NHL players of the past 100 years, all the current Chicago Blackhawks and the snubs of active players. Jarome Iginla and Gino Malkin quickly come to mind.

The Vancouver Canucks embarrassing 3-0 loss to Arizona is also discussed. From the Canucks setting a new NHL record for longest amount of play without a shot, to their plans at the trade deadline, things look bleak for Vancouver. Will they head down to Colorado and start buying?

There’s also some mad Nikita Tryamkin praise and some concern for the New York Islanders, who come the 2018-19 NHL season, will be homeless as the Barclay’s Center has had enough!

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Episode #133 – Hank’s Land Of 1,000 Points

Hank’s got 1,000 points an Vancouver wants to see the Canucks win again (even for just one night)!

Ryan, Geeta and P Mac join you this week to talk about the incredible Canucks vs Panthers game on Friday night. That game? Incredible? Well, it’s been tough to find an excited crowd at Canucks games in recent years, so this was a welcomed sight and sound for fans not quite overtaken by the apathy.

They look back at the Sedin twins careers, talk about spending a whole lot of time and money at SportsBar at Rogers Arena and Ryan watching Jaromir Jagr play for the first time, at the spry young age of 44.

They also touch on the Islanders’ firing of head coach Jack Capuano, their desires to be a playoff contender this year, and their several parallels to the Vancouver Canucks and just what they could do in the playoffs if they right the ship.


They also discuss Jonathan Toews’ quiet and slow start to the season and what could be the cause of it. They talk about his 4 point game against Vancouver and, if he gets hot again, what it could do for Chicago in the playoffs.

Finally, the gang continues some Mike Babcock/Nazem Kadri praise, take some questions from twitter and share a couple tales in Dump ‘N Chase.


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Episode #132 – Californication

Martin St. Louis’ number is hanging in the rafters in Tampa Bay and Hayley Wickenheiser calls it a career. Two emotional moments this week in the world of hockey.


Ryan, Dave and Geeta start the show off this week. A mid-pod arriving P Mac is fresh off covering the New Jersey Devils vs Vancouver Canucks snooze fest. They discuss the incredible career Hayley Wickenheiser had and the HUGE impact on Canadian hockey. They also discuss Martin St. Louis’ number 26 being retired in Tampa, his problems with Steve Yzerman and a great clip of Stanley Cup winning coach John Tortorella on what coaching Marty was like.

They also discuss Jeff Carter’s amazing first half with the Los Angeles Kings, talk about San Jose’s endorsement from an usual and overplayed Bay Area band of yesteryear (no not Metallica) and talk about the new hot trend in professional sports, relocating to Los Angeles.

The Maple Leafs hype is real, VERY REAL. The gang discusses how much they love the team they have built in Toronto, but harp on the TO media for basically predicting a dynasty for a team who isn’t quite in the playoffs yet.

They take some questions from Twitter, talk about the Canucks lukewarm season and what they should do in the coming months as they continue to drop in the standings. P Mac shares some stories from the media scrum after another OT loss from Vancouver and what stubborn Willie needs to do with the team.


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Episode #131 – Red Death At 0:00

Anton Rodin plays 0:00, Willie handcuffs his team and the Vancouver Canucks win streak is over! A full bench of Ryan, Dave, P Mac and Geeta gather to star asking some serious question about Canucks’ Head Coach Willie Desjardins. From some odd line up decisions, the gang is a little confused.

They talk about bad karma for Mike Smith, as the bad luck for the lanky Coyotes goalie continues, and give their thoughts on the unfortunate hit (and eventual concussion) on Patrik Laine in a game vs Buffalo. Was it clean? Would you lay the body if you were in McCabe’s shoes?

Ryan cites Ken Dryden’s ‘The Game’ and more specifically, Dryden writing about famed Montreal Canadiens’ head coach Scotty Bowman and what makes a good coach. He compares it to what Willie D is doing being the Canucks bench and further questions Willie’s actions.

Finally, the gang talks about Wayne Gretzky’s outdoor alumni game tour, the downpour in the AHL outdoor game and the trials and tribulations of meeting people off Tinder in our new dating segment ‘Dump ‘N Chase’


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Be sure to check out the UBC Thunderbirds’ 3rd Annual Winter Classic when they take on the Manitoba Bisons this Friday, January 13th at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbirds Sports Centre.

Tickets are just $7! Join over 5,000 rabid hockey fans cheer on UBC and come early for a charity game featuring Vancouver Canucks alumni taking on a rag tag group of local celebrities and actors. Fans can donate to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre in exchange for autographs.

Episode #130 – Mike Smith and Strip Club Coffee

Happy New Year from the entire bench on this week’s show! Ryan, Dave, P Mac and Geeta gather in 2017 in the midst of a Vancouver salt crisis like no other! Why? To talk about the world juniors and the Canucks winning games of course!

For those not living in Metro Vancouver, we can assure you, our salt crisis and inability to shovel snow off sidewalks and walkways is INCREDIBLY real.

Ryan and Geeta discuss watching most of the gold medal game between Canada and Team USA at the No. 5 Orange. How we feel about such an important game ending in a shootout and our thoughts on problems with attendance in Montreal.

P Mac shares his tales of covering the Arizona Coyotes shutout loss to the Vancouver Canucks and just how dark the mood is surrounding the team after interviewing several players post game. What is wrong in the desert? Is this it for Mike Smith? Can he get moved to a contender for a chance to win it all?

The gang shares their thoughts on the Canucks’ win streak (at time of recording 5 games, now six games) and the negativity of said streak with Canucks fans. Should we hope for nothing but tanking and loses? Or can a fun, confidence boosting win streak with breakout performances from Sven Baertschi and Bo Horvat something that is just as good for the team’s development?

Finally, they talk about outdoor game overkill and the Vancouver snow and salt shortage that is plaguing the region. Got any salt? They’re buying!

Referenced in the podcast is the time Ryan played on a media team against some Vancouver Canucks alumni. A goal against Garth Butcher, chirping Garry Valk, diving on Jack McIlhargey and of course, getting laid out by Dave Babych. Catch all those moments in this story featured on Go Vancovuer! in 2012 produced by our own P Mac On The Street!


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