ON THE FLY Your Source for Everything Hockey Exclusive interview with Vancouver Canucks winger, Alexandre Burrows on Pages 6 &7
Hockey players are incredibly witty guys. Turn to page 10 for the best hockey quotes of all time Visors mandatory in the NHL? Schneideror Luongo as number one goalie in Vancouver? Lockout? See page 17 for questions and controversy all around the league
Hockey is a great game that we all love but have you ever wondered how it started? See page 10 for a brief history of hockey Think you know hockey? Take the ultimate test on page 13 to find out whether you need to watch more hockey or if you are destined for the Hall of Fame
THE RACE FOR THE STANLEY CUP IS ON! SEE INSIDE FOR A COMPLETE MAP OF THE 201213 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
Table of Contents Page 2 . . .
About the Author
Pages 3-4 . . .
Pages 6-7 . . .
Interview with Alex Burrows
Pages 8-9 . . .
Hockey Terms in French
Page 10 . . .
History of Hockey
Page 11 . . .
Page 12 . . .
The Best Hockey Quotes of All Time
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Tracking the 2012-13 Stanley Cup Playoffs
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Controversy and Questions Around the League
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Crazy Fans All Over the League
Hockey is everything to me. It’s a fastpaced game with intensity and fighting. In the post-season (commonly known as the playoffs), National Hockey League players and fans like myself treat a loss like it is the end of the world and a win like we just won a lottery. As an unknown hockey player said, “Hockey is our national religion. We have ice in our blood and blood on our ice.” In 2011, the Vancouver Canucks players had worked so hard to get to the Stanley Cup Final, fighting injuries and achieving incredible awards as a team and individually to lose in Game 7 which broke my heart. I was so sure that the Stanley Cup would come to Vancouver for the first time in history that year. I had even reserved a spot on the wall in my room for a picture of the entire Canucks team gathered around the Cup. It was such a great season and I will never forget it. I had an awesome time going Downtown or to Rogers Arena to watch games, wearing my jersey on every game day, or putting blue, green and white warrior stripes on my face. I was so upset after
that 4-0 Game 7 loss, I cried but I really was proud of my team as they were only one win (sixty minutes) away from a Stanley Cup. In “do or die” games in the playoffs such as Game 7s, the looks of determination on the players’ faces are incredible and inspiring. As a fan, you come to appreciate these players’ speed, dedication and perseverance. For example, Ryan Kesler does about 200 slap shots a day and the results are evident when he plays. When these players are injured, they still play because they want to help their team. I am a Vancouver Canucks fan because these guys are amazing players on the ice and charitable, selfless people off the ice. The Vancouver Canucks organization is like no other team in the National Hockey League with the amount of charity work they do with campaigns such as the Canucks Place, Canucks Autism Network and many more.
STEP ONE: Get a Vancouver Canucks jersey which is a blue sweatshirt with green and white stripes on it that has an orca whale in the middle worn by Vancouver Canucks players available in most sports stores and the Canucks Team Store;
STEP TWO: On one side of your head, spray paint your hair with royal blue hair spray and on the other side of your head, spray paint your hair with kelly green hair spray;
STEP THREE: Paint your nails with Canucks colours by painting half the nail blue and the other half green or alternate finger nails with one blue and the next green and so on;
STEP FOUR: Draw a Vancouver Canucks orca or hockey stick symbol on your face using face paints with blue, silver and black; if you have no artistic talent, just make blue, green and white warrior stripes on both cheeks; Page 3
STEP FIVE: Congratulations! Now, not only are you a Canucks fan, you are showing your team spirit through the way you look!
#1 Roberto Luongo
Contact Vancouver Canucks General Manager, Mike Gillis for more information.
Interview with Vancouver Canucks winger, Alexandre Burrows Me: Bonjour, Mr. Burrows. What was your first hockey team? Must have been the Westlake Panthers, I think it was. I was probably five years old then. I don’t really remember much but I still have some friends from when I was on that team that I still hang out with and spend a lot of time with. Me: I am just fascinated about your journey to the National Hockey League. I know it wasn’t easy but look where you are now. Burrows: Well, I can give you a brief summary of my journey to this league. I was playing in the QMJHL and later East Coast League. I wasn’t really going anywhere...I was playing in those leagues for a few years each. I got recognized as an energetic and perseverant player and I got to play for the Manitoba Moose which is the Canucks’ farm team. I went to the Canucks training camp in the 2005-06 season but I was sent back to the Moose. After scoring a certain number of points in the American Hockey League, I was called up by the Canucks. Unlike most players in the league today, I wasn’t drafted.
Me: Wow! That is so incredible and inspiring. So Alex, tell me about the short, 48-game Vancouver Canucks season. Burrows: Obviously it was different, playing such a short season and starting in January opposed to September/October. It was nice getting to spend some more time with my family. When the season started again, we got into routine pretty quickly. I feel that we played well in the regular season, winning the Northwest Division title. It’s incredibly strange not having a roommate while we are on the road because of the deal after the player strike. Me: I know it was a pretty devastating post-season run for yourself, your team and the city of Vancouver. Is there any comments you would like to make about the first round series against the San Jose Sharks? Burrows: We weren’t playing the way we wanted to play. We needed to create offensive zone pressure and get the pucks to the back of the net. Our power play wasn’t producing and we weren’t being discipline enough so were taking unnecessary penalties. The Sharks are a skilled team with big guys and lots of speed. They have incredible players like Big Joe [Joe Thornton], Little Joe [Joe Page 6
Pavelski] and [Antii] Niemi who even has a Stanley Cup ring. As Bieksa says, they have a couple of milk hot dogs on their team. Me: *laughter*... I remember [Kevin] Bieksa saying that in an interview a couple seasons ago! It was a dare, wasn’t it?
Burrows: Yeah, it was a dare from some guys in the locker room (laughing). Juice [Kevin Bieksa] had to incorporate the words “milk” and “hot dog” into a short interview. He won $300 off of that bet! Me: What advice would you give someone aspiring to play in the National Hockey League? Burrows: Work hard and be ready to sacrifice a lot. If you’re willing to pay the price and go through the ups and downs. Never quit, keep working hard to improve every day, keep going and good things are going to happen.
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How do you say each term in French ? If you get stuck, look below for the answers! 1. 2. Five hole
15. Save the puck
4. Hat trick
5. National Hockey League
18. Score a goal
19. Icing the puck
9. Power play
21. Lose the puck
22. Stanley Cup
13. Blue line
Here are the answers for you to compare. 1. 2. entre les jambières
9. avantage numérique
3. gardien de but
4. truc du chapeau
11. infériorité numérique
5. Ligue Nationale de Hockey
12. mise au jeu
13. bleu ligne
15. bloquer la rondelle
21. perdre la rondelle
22. coupe Stanley
18. marquer un but
23. double échec
19. envoyer le palet derrière but
HISTORY OF THE GAME
HISTORY OF THE PLAYOFF TOWEL
The great game of ice hockey most likely evolved from the game of field hockey which was invented in Northern Europe . The rules of ice hockey were made by a Canadian named J.G. Creighton in Montreal, Quebec in 1875. The “rink” was first used in a game called curling which was played in the 18th century in Scotland. The first stick was introduced in the early 1800s. The first hockey stick was made of wood and had a flat blade. Now, there is a “banana curve” or bend in the blade of the stick. The idea came from a National Hockey League player named Bobby Hull whose stick broke so he played with a “bent” stick and discovered his shots were more accurate with the “bent” stick.
It all started in the 1981-82 season when the Canucks coach reacted to a fan’s outburst during a game and got suspended. An assistant named Roger Neilson stepped in that game and for the next six games during the coach’s suspension. After those games, the General Manager approached Roger Neilson and urged him to go behind the bench permanently because under Neilson’s “coaching”, the Canucks went undefeated for the rest of the season. The Canucks flew past the first and second round of the playoffs and were to meet the favoured, Chicago Blackhawks in the conference final. The Canucks lost the game 4-1 mainly because they couldn’t stay out of the penalty box. In the second period, after the Canucks
got four straight penalties, Roger Neilson made a gesture that would become a playoff tradition to this day all around the league. To protest the fifth straight penalty, Neilson
What Do You Believe Hockey Is Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Steve Yzerman all die and meet in Heaven. God is sitting on a chair waiting for them. God says to the three hockey legends, “gentleman, before I let you in, you must tell me what you believe. Mario, we’ll start with you. In what do you believe?” “I believe hockey is the greatest thing in the whole world and the best sport in history!” To that, God says, “take the seat to my left.” God turns to Steve and says, “Steve, in what do you believe?” To which Steve replies, “I believe to be the best, you’ve got to give every ounce you’ve got!” To that, God says, “take the seat to my right.” God turns to number 99 and says, “Wayne, tell me what you believe.” To which Wayne replies, “I believe you are sitting in my seat.” Dads
took a stick with a towel on it and started waving it around. That was the beginning of Towel Power!
It's the first day of school in Montreal and the teacher thought she'd get to know the kids by asking them their name and what their father does for a living. The first little girl says: "My name is Mary and my daddy is a postman." The next little boy says: "I'm Andy and my Dad is a mechanic." Then one little boy says: "My name is Jimmy and my father is a loser who prefers to lay on the couch all day and watch TV, while Mom goes off to work to support us." The teacher gasps and quickly changes the subject, but later in the schoolyard the teacher approaches Jimmy privately and asks if it was really true what he had said about his father. He blushed and said, "I'm sorry but my dad plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs and I was just too embarrassed to say so." In the National Hockey League, rivalries are a huge part of this hockey culture. Look below for some jokes made by fans to express their dislike for other teams. Q: What do the Maple Leafs have in common with the Titanic? A: They both look good until they hit the ice. Q: What do you call 30 millionaires sitting around a TV watching the Stanley Cup playoffs? A: The Edmonton Oilers Q: What do the Maple Leafs and possums have in common? A: They play dead at home and get killed on the
road Q: What do the Canadiens have that the Maple Leafs donâ€™t? A: Colour pictures of their last Stanley Cup
Whatâ€™s blue and orange and goes down the toilet faster than Liquid Plumber? A: The Edmonton Oilers
“We know that hockey is where we live, where "How would you like a job where, every time we can best meet and overcome pain and wrong and death. Life is just a place where you make a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?" we spend time between games.” ---Jacques Plante —Fred "The Fog" Shero "Goals live on the other side of obstacles and challenges. Be relentless in pursuit of those goals, especially in the face of obstacles. Along the way, make no excuses and place no blame." --- Ray Bourque
"The three important elements in hockey are: the forecheck, the backcheck and the paycheck." --- Gilbert Perreault
A puck is a hard rubber disc that hockey players strike when they can't hit one another. ---Jimmy Cannon
"I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out." --Rodney Dangerfield.
"Half the game is mental; the other half is being mental.” --- Jim McKenny
Goals are like babies. Some are ugly, but if they’re yours, they’re all beautiful. ---Craig Simpson
"You miss 100% of the shots you never take." ----Wayne Gretzky. “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” --- Wayne Gretzky
ANSWERS ON PAGE 12 1. What is the name and jersey number of the hockey legend known as the
Great One? 2. Who scored the gold medal winning goal for Team Canada in the 2010
Winter Olympics in Vancouver?
3. What is it called when players are doing a line change while the clock is
HINT: IT’S THE NAME OF THIS MAGAZINE
4. What is a goaltender’s five hole? 5. Who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the
playoffs in the 2011-12 National Hockey League post-season? HINT: THE PLAYER IS ON THE STANLEY CUP WINNING TEAM, THE LOS ANGELES KINGS
6. What were Henrik and Daniel Sedin drafted
overall in the 1999 National Hockey League Entry Draft? 7. What was the gold medal hockey game with
the United States playing against the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid dubbed? 8. What is the name of the trophies awarded to the top team in each
conference? 9. 10.
What year was the first National Hockey League game played? Name the original six National Hockey League teams.
1. Wayne Gretzky and number 99
2. Sidney Crosby
3. Changing on the fly 4. The space between a goaltender’s pads
5. Jonathon Quick 6. 2nd overall (Daniel) and 3rd overall (Henrik) 7. “Miracle on Ice” 8. Prince of Wales (Eastern Conference) and Clarence S. Cambell (Western Conference)
9. 1917 10. Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto
Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings
If you got... •
0 correct, you are a pathetic loser and you should be moping in the penalty box
1-4 correct, you just got lucky...watch a bit more hockey!
5-8 correct, you are in the attacking zone but you need a
few more shots on goal to win the game
9-10, you are a hockey guru...you made it to the Hall of
Penguins Senators Canadiens Senators Capitals Rangers Rangers Bruins Bruins Maple Leafs
Blackhawks Page 15 vs. Bruins
Blackhawks Red Wings
Blackhawks Kings Sharks Kings
Ducks Red wings Canucks Sharks Blues
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Questions and Around the
Controversy All League
Visors Visors should be mandatory in the National Hockey League. There are so many hazards on the ice whether it is the puck or a stick. Vancouver Canucks centre, Manny Malhotra has proven how a puck in the eye can end a career. In the 2010-11 season, a puck ricocheted off of an opposing player’s stick and hit Malhotra in the eye. Malhotra left the ice and did not return for months and when he did, he was not the same player he was before. This incident has led to talk in the National Hockey League about the mandatory use of visors. Another example of injury to the eye that could have been prevented by a visor was an injury to young Oilers player, Taylor Hall. Hall was injured in a pregame warmup when he collided with an Oilers teammate and was cut by the other player’s skate in the eye. Unlike Malhotra, Hall’s injury didn’t have a major effect on his career. What do you think? Should visors be mandatory in the National Hockey League?
The Schneider/Luongo Controversy Who should be the Number 1 goaltender in Vancouver? Not only Canucks fans are wondering this as fans and players all around the league have shown an interest in the goaltender controversy in Vancouver. Roberto Luongo has been in Vancouver since 2006-2007 and was signed to a huge contract worth $64 million over 12 years in 2009. Cory Schneider is a rookie with incredible skill but has only been in Vancouver for two years. Both goalies have performed on numerous occasions but neither are consistent. The Vancouver organization is paying so much for goalies when it is not necessary. There are so many different sides to this. For example, if the Canucks do not waive Roberto Luongo’s “no trade clause,” they will be stuck with him until 2022. If they trade him, they won’t get a lot for him because he is 34 years old. If the Canucks trade Schneider, they may get a power forward but they don’t know how consistent Luongo will be. The Canucks General Manager will really have to think this through and look at every side before he makes a decision.
The Lockout The 2012-13 National Hockey League season didn’t start until January 19 th which is incredibly different from a normal season which would start in the beginning of October. The lockout started on September 15, 2012 and a collective bargaining agreement was not reached until January 6, 2013. The season which is normally 82 games was 48 games. Some NHLers went to Europe where they played in various leagues around the continent to practice and stay in shape while they were waiting for the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA). A lot of fans were wondering if they should still support NHL hockey. These players say they love the game but when there is a salary cap, they are out of there and they are striking. It’s not like the players weren’t making money because they were making a few million dollars a season. The agreements the NHL and the NHLPA made will be in effect until the 2021-22 season. Some of these agreements include a 50/50 split of NHL
revenues, the “year one” salary cap is $70.2 million and the maximum length of a future player’s contract is seven years.