The Youngstars tournament, which began a few years ago and has blossomed into quite the little September event, gets going September 11 in Penticton, with five teams participating. The San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks will all be sending teams loaded with young talent, and the rosters are finally beginning to be announced. Today, the Canucks released the names of the 30 youngsters they’ll be sending to the tournament, and they are as follows:

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Nick Mangold challenges Ryan Kesler’s title as champion interview bomber

Maybe it’s the fact that Ryan Kesler’s had a little more time on his hands to learn this Twitter machine; maybe it’s that potential Canuck Owen Nolan is threatening Kesler’s default title as best Canuck tweeter by tweeting pictures of things he killed; or maybe it’s just the doldrums of August, when anything even remotely Canuck-related passes for solid gold. Whatever it is, Ryan Kesler’s Twitter account has really picked up of late. It’s actually become sort of interesting. Take, for example, yesterday’s interaction between Kesler and New York Jets’ center (and Sam Beam lookalike) Nick Mangold, who recently discovered the joys of interview bombing.

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You fine folks may remember the above image from a couple days back, when it inspired us to launch a Sami Salo photoshop contest. Well, the entries are in, and we thought we’d share them with you. A winner has yet to be picked, so if you want to have a say in the matter, please mosey on over to the comments and tell us what our opinion should be. In the meantime, here are 10 photos of Sami Salo, lustily licking his lips.

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We all know how the Whitecaps have measured up in their first season of MLS; but how do their players measure up in the social media stakes? Here’s a brief look at how some of the squad fair when it comes to imparting knowledge through the medium of Twitter (marks out of 140). Eric Hassli - [...]

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Kevin Bieksa gets a lot of press for being a great quote, but he’s not the only Canuck who can lay down a good line. Mikael Samuelsson has also developed something of a reputation as a go-to guy if you’re holding a microphone, although it’s not because of his one-liners — he’s just brutally honest.

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Last night, Lady Gaga did at the VMAs what she always does, surprising everyone with a highly controversial costume. No, it wasn’t a meat dress or an egg, and there were no stiletto heels where the heels are penises for some reason — instead, Lady Gaga came to the MTV awards show dressed as the most controversial figure in recent memory: Roberto Luongo.

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The baseball regular season is coming to an end so it is natural for sportswriters to begin to debate the relative merits of the individual award candidates.  Justin Verlander is sprinting to the finish line and is pulling away in the Cy Young race, and there isn’t anybody of note in the rookie of the [...]

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Hardcore fans: Vancouverites play street hockey in a deserted Times Square

Last night, as New Yorkers evacuated the city at the behest of Mayor Bloomberg, another force powerful enough to raze a city block in moments descended upon Times Square: hockey fans from Vancouver. But don’t panic. The Canucks didn’t lose a Stanley Cup Final game 7 last night, so the Vancouverites didn’t embarrass us in the slightest. That is, unless you’re the sort of person who finds it unwise to play a game of street hockey in a place that’s just been evacuated due to a natural disaster. Then you might think BCers are idiots.

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The 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo was certainly a welcome tonic for the Vancouver Whitecaps and their fans, but every game from now until the end of the season also has a sub-text; what nuggets of information has future coach Martin Rennie learned from the game? Here are five that he may have picked [...]

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Saturday Aug 27 will mark the 142nd running of the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.  After the Kentucky Derby, it’s arguably the most important race for 3 year old horses, and certainly has implications for the Breeders’ Cup.  A competitive showing could lead to a shot at the Classic this November. 12th Race - Saratoga – Saturday, [...]

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If it all seems to be doom and gloom for Whitecaps fans at the moment then don’t despair; there is light at the end of the tunnel (and no, it isn’t an oncoming train). Despite the troughs, lows and valleys of this first season there are at least a few players that new coach Martin Rennie will be able to [...]

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If it all seems to be doom and gloom for Whitecaps fans at the moment then don’t despair; there is light at the end of the tunnel (and no, it isn’t an oncoming train). Despite the troughs, lows and valleys of this first season there are at least a few players that new coach Martin Rennie will be able to [...]

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Some of you might remember the above photo from this month-old post, in which we uncovered an odd photo that gave one the indication that Sami Salo found his hockey gloves exceedingly delicious. The photo is back, for two reasons: First, Bulie @damirk made the photoshop herein, and I think it’s hilarious. Poor Salo looks genuinely tortured by Jannik Hansen’s chocolatey birthday cake. Second, this is the slowest offseason ever, so it’s time for a photoshop contest.

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Like Neo in the Matrix, Nathan Horton wants his phone call. The Bruins forward is evidently upset that Aaron Rome texted him an apology rather than calling him on the phone. While this could easily be seen as sour grapes, particularly after Horton still won the Stanley Cup, I can understand wanting a slightly more personal apology. What I don’t understand is dragging it out into the open in the media.

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Of all the things that seem to frustrate Arsene Wenger at the moment perhaps the most acutely cutting must be the fact that, whilst he is being taken to task for fielding a team of youngsters, his former arch-rival (and now stout defender) Sir Alex Ferguson is basking in praise for doing the exact same thing. When [...]

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The UFC is finally going home; on Saturday night in Rio, the organization will host only its second major event in the birthplace of MMA. It’s been over seventy years since Helio Gracie put the wheels in motion when he challenged all comers in the pages of local papers, thank you Mr. Gracie for the greatest show on earth!

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The 2011 Maple Street Press Canucks’ Annual is the only Canucks-specific season preview magazine on the shelves. With 112 ad-free pages of exclusive Canucks’ content, including interviews, articles, advanced statistics, and pictures, it’s definitely a must-have for any Canucks fan. Also, I edited it.

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These final 11 goals of Daniel’s regular season are some of his prettiest, showcasing his accurate shot and knack for finding open ice to use it. While many of his other goals featured simple tap-ins after pretty passing plays, these goals show a lot more of Daniel’s skill with the puck and are a great reminder why he won the Ted Lindsay Award as voted by his peers. Many of his peers saw firsthand what he was capable of and many of them were victimized by those capabilities. Sure, there are a couple lucky bounces tossed in, but luck doesn’t happen on its own. These goals demonstrate how hard work creates the opportunities for good fortune to occur.

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I have to be exceptionally careful while writing Daniel Sedin’s Every Goal for 2010-11. So many of his goals came off remarkable passing plays that I start to become desensitized to the Wizardous Sedinerie on display. I see yet another cross-ice, three-foot-high saucer pass over the sticks of two defenders and I scoff: “Pfft, he was totally looking at his brother when he made that pass. Wake me up when he does that blindfolded while freeing himself from a straitjacket.” Sometimes I have to slow down and take the time to appreciate each moment of wizardry. I encourage you to do the same: parcel out your viewing throughout the day. Watch each goal a few times, perhaps more if it’s a particularly pretty one. Also, tell someone you care about how much you love them. Never a bad time for that.

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There are many major league observers—of which I am one—that have stated continuously over the years that without a salary cap baseball was in danger of seeing the separation between the teams reach the division seen in European Football.  Despite public protestations to the contrary by MLB executives, that the number of different World Series [...]

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I understand the individual elements of this pendant. I understand putting Hello Kitty in a Canucks sweater. I understand making a pendant out of a Scrabble tile. I am baffled by the combination. I am puzzled by the little blue crystal in the corner. And I am upset at the lack of a Tanner Glass mention in the product description.

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The best examples of Wizardous Sedinerie are rarely about the finish, which is usually just a tap-in into an open net. Because of this, many of Daniel’s 41 goals make his job look easy. All he has to do is corral the blind, backhand, spin-o-rama, cross-ice saucer pass from Henrik and direct it at the open 6′ x 4′ cage, but that underplays his contribution. Daniel’s ability to find open ice and anticipate Henrik’s passes is almost as impressive as the passes themselves. The fact that Daniel also makes those types of passes himself (as on display in other iterations of this year’s Every Goal series) is incredible.

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With the second round of fixtures now completed my “Five Things to Look For in the EPL” have all been well and truly seen. Here is what happened; 1) Can Manchester City win on the road?- Yes. Their 3-2 win at Bolton wasn’t just a good three points, it demonsted that with Dzeko, Aguero and Silva [...]

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By Russell Berrisford With the second round of fixtures now completed my “Five Things to Look For in the EPL” have all been well and truly seen. Here is what happened; 1) Can Manchester City win on the road?- Yes. Their 3-2 win at Bolton wasn’t just a good three points, it demonsted that with Dzeko, [...]

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Last week was Ryan Kesler Week, as we examined all 41 goals scored by the Canucks’ second-line center. How can we follow up on that? With Daniel Sedin Week, where we examine all 41 goals scored by the Canucks’ first-line left winger.

In case you haven’t heard, Daniel Sedin had a pretty good season in 2010-11. In the previous season, his brother picked up the Art Ross and the Hart trophies in 2009-10 and snidely remarked on-stage at the awards show in Las Vegas that he was better than Daniel. Essentially. Understandably, this set Daniel on edge and he was clearly out for blood. He got it. There was blood all over the ice, spurting from multiple wounds in the goal line, spraying all over opposition goaltenders. Every Canucks game was like an episode of True Blood in which a vampire gets staked.

Daniel led the NHL in scoring, winning the Art Ross trophy and the Ted Lindsay award. He finished 4th in goals scored, with 41, and led the league in powerplay goals with 18. And we’re about to recap every single one of those 41 goals. Here are goals 1-10. Expect wizardry. And blood. Perhaps some blood magic.

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