Here’s a video of the Canucks paying a visit to Canuck Place to carve pumpkins with the kids. It’s adorable, and I encourage you to watch it, especially if you like things that are exceedingly sweet.

I’ve said it a number of times before, but the Canucks’ emphasis on charity is downright fantastic. I’m glad to support a team that puts so much effort into community work.

Of course, touched as I am by all this goodness, I couldn’t help but notice a few amusing things as well:

  • Fin’s banana costume is ridiculous. If I ever saw a real orca dressed like a banana, I’d shout “done,” and happily jump into my grave.
  • Am I the only one that completely forgot Andrew Ebbett existed? Seriously, when he appeared, I was like, who the heck is that? Does he work at Canuck Place?
  • Poor Keith Ballard is really screwed up. After his brief stint in the Canucks’ top four came to an end with Thursday’s return to the doghouse, we now find him paranoid of screwing things up, even during a benign, pumpkin-carving event. Poor guy thinks the kids are gonna bench him if he makes a mistake.
  • I love that Dale Weise is the only one with drawings on his face. I like to think he showed up with them. Later, Weise states that, if he can keep the spider and the web, he’s fairly confident he can intimidate a couple guys on the ice. Good plan. Only crazy people have face tats.
  • Of course, intimidating as Dale Weise might be, he won’t be nearly as scary as Aaron Volpatti in tiger makeup. I am fully in favour of fourth lines wearing face paint to up the intimidation factor. Can you imagine how awesome that would be?
  • Cory Schneider makes a pumpkin helmet for one of the kids. One wonders if the NHL will ever grandfather in pumpkin visors. Safety has to be the utmost concern.
s/t to Play Me That Ballard for the tip.
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  1. SteveB
    October 31, 2011

    <3 it!

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  2. Raj
    October 31, 2011

    That was the sweetest thing ever! I felt bad for Ballard, he was so nervous! (and sweaty)

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  3. George Stevens
    November 2, 2011

    Great video. It’s nice to hear from some of the new players about how the Canucks are recognized throughout the league as being heavily involved in the community.

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