During his After Hours interview with Scott Oake and Craig Simpson Saturday night, David Booth recounted a hunting trip he took with his father into the Alaskan wilderness. Booth explained that, while the men were in search of a grizzly, they wound up shooting a black bear instead. Why? According to Booth, “There’s so many of ‘em out there, that they eat up all the blueberries, and we don’t want that to happen.”
Okay. Don’t hog the blueberries, or David Booth will hunt you down.
Considering that Kevin Bieksa’s love of pineapple juice earned him the moniker “Juice”, it seemed a safe bet that Booth’s predilection for blueberries was going to earn him a nickname as well, and it has. Bieksa appeared on the Team 1040 Wednesday morning and told Canuck nation that Booth’s nickname was “grizzly”. According to a corresponding tweet, it’s pretty much for the reasons we expected.
However, there’s another reason Booth boasts an animal nickname: Bieksa went on to say that all of the Canucks have animal nicknames, then served to explain this recent esoteric tweet:
According to Bieksa, “Wolf” is Keith Ballard, “Bull” is Ryan Kesler, and “Eagle” is Alex Edler. Also, Jannik Hansen is apparently the honey badger, which is all sorts of hilarious.
This being the stupidest blog in the history of the world (a fact that some people, like Cracked, don’t quite realize we’re fully aware of) we have made it our mission to find out the rest of the Canucks’ animal nicknames over the course of this year. These animals, we’ve gotta catch ‘em all.
In the meantime, we have no choice but to speculate wildly. Please join us. For example, @nicraymond suggests that Henrik and Daniel Sedin are quite obviously red pandas, and we agree.
Like the Sedins, red pandas are rare, adorable, usually born in multiples, have goatees, are very territorial, many feel they need to be protected, and, of course, are gingers. It just makes sense.
If you’ve got any other ideas as to what animals the Canucks are and why, please suggest them in the comments. We’ll take the best ones and assemble them into a post, hopefully featuring sketches from Chloe Ezra. I haven’t asked her yet, but I’m sure it wouldn’t take much convincing, especially since she once drew Manny Malhotra as a jar of jam.Tags: canuck animals, david booth, Juice, pokemon references