Pastor Louie Giglio prays for concussed Daniel Sedin, at the request of Paolo Aquilini

We don’t normally report on Christian youth conferences here on PITB, but that’s because this is a Canucks blog and these conferences typically don’t generate Canucks-related stories. However, on Friday one did, as The Passion Movement, a Christian organization aimed at “uniting students in worship and prayer,” visited Rogers Arena. During the service, Pastor Louie Giglio held up a blue Canucks helmet and led over 10,000 people in a prayer for the healing of Daniel Sedin’s recently-confirmed concussion.

Now, if you find this video a bit strange, you’re not alone. Over at Puck Daddy, Sean Leahy said what a lot of people must have thought upon viewing the clip: “What better way to get your fans in the city you’re touring even more behind you than holding a mass prayer for the quick recovery of one of their hockey stars?” Meanwhile, some of the commenters said the same thing, albeit much more ignorantly: “Nothing like bible thumpers playing their same ol’ tune, and trying to hitch their wagon to a fan favorite to legitimize themselves…….pathetic,” said one.

But Giglio wasn’t pandering to the home crowd; he was making good on a prayer request from Paolo Aquilini, one of the three brothers that make up the Aquilini ownership group, which controls both the Vancouver Canucks and Rogers Arena.

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Mike Burnstein just got Keslurked

Unless you count the one by Ryker Kesler at Canucks’ superskills, it’s been quite awhile since we’ve seen a bona fide Keslurk in Vancouver. You have to go all the way back to late October, actually, when the Canucks’ centre went on a Keslurking spree at the 2011 Sports Celebrities Festival then followed it up the next day by ruining a Jannik Hansen interview with some conspicuous weight training.

But, thanks to the latest collection of Behind the Lens photos at, the Keslurk is back. Here’s Kesler bombing Canucks’ head athletic trainer Mike Burnstein in Colorado while he speaks to his family back home via Facetime.

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The Canucks postgame dressing room video features unintelligible shouting and abs

We had a number of people e-mail and tweet us suggesting we put up the postgame video from the Canucks’ 3-2 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche Saturday. On first glance, it’s hard to see why. The clip, which clocks in at just over a minute, is little more than a bunch of guys walking into a room and undressing. What’s so exciting about that? (Said the heterosexual male.)

I mean, maybe that’s enough for you, but, as you may know, we at PITB deal primarily in wackiness. The wackiness is at a minimum in this clip. What’s the big deal?

However, upon closer inspection, there are some interesting observations to be made in the short video, from Alain Vigneault’s peculiar handshake routine to Zack Kassian’s t-shirt selection. So let’s work our way through it.

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