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.

0:02 - The Canucks begin filing into the dressing room, a march soundtracked by Calvin Harris’s “Feel So Close”. It’s a crappy song.

0:12 - Kesler has similar opinions of it. “Great music,” he mutters. BUT HE TOTALLY MEANS THE OPPOSITE.

0:12 - While Kesler is ripping the music, Sami Salo gives a forlorn look to the camera from his lonely corner stall. Was he always so shy? He tries to formulate a congratulations to Higgins, but Kesler drowns him out and he nervously retreats back into his shell. It’s much safer for him in there.

0:18 - And speaking of one dude drowning out another, Mason Raymond enters the room and begins to say something intelligent to Higgins before Burrows follows him in shouting unintelligible nonsense. I bet this happens all the time, like when they’re ordering at restaurants.

“Hello, ma’am. I’d like the foie gras and a glass of –”

“SHABAWOWOW!”

0:39 - Roberto Luongo patrols the room, making faces and talking to himself. One such face is at the top of the post. I believe he last made that face during the overtime intermission in Game of 5 of the 2007 Western Conference semifinals.

0:47 - With the Northwest Division sewn up and a playoff berth officially in the books, Alain Vigneault immediately begins preparing for the postseason by practicing handshakes. The players indulge him. You can’t see it, but he slips in a Suck on that, Quenneville a few times.

0:49 - Chris Higgins’s abs make an appearance. They remain spectacular. (Said the heterosexual male.)

0:53 - Alex Burrows yells Attaboy Higggggaaaaaayyyyyy! for approximately the 15th time. This time it’s followed by Yeah Yeah Yeah!

0:55 - Zack Kassian is wearing a 2012 Northwest Division champions t-shirt. Rookie mistake. By now, everyone else knows that winning the Northwest Division is akin to winning Mario Kart’s Flower Cup on 50cc. It’s not something you brag about.

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20 comments

  1. cathylu
    March 26, 2012

    Burr…”SHABAWOWOW” LOL Thanks for brightening up my morning break at work!

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  2. sarah
    March 26, 2012

    Between appearing shirtless in this video and having pictures posted of him in “Behind the Lens” reading the Hunger Games, Chris Tanev is sure to experience a lot more attention from the young ladies of Vancouver…

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    • Cam Charron
      March 26, 2012

      Whatever the ladies say, the stats bloggers had him first.

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      • akidd
        March 26, 2012

        tanev was claimed by many from his first games last spring playing with ballard. “who dat?” we all said to ourselves.

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        • Parker
          March 26, 2012

          Agreed! He had me at when he broke up the 2 on 1 to preserve the regulation tie vs. the Avs last January. I went from “who the heck is Chis Tanev??” to “Yeah, okay, he can stay!!”

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    • Zach Morris
      March 26, 2012

      Dat Corsi!

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  3. V
    March 26, 2012

    Edler’s posture is fantastic. His back is so perfectly straight!

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  4. jas09
    March 26, 2012

    “winning the Northwest Division is akin to winning Mario Kart’s Flower Cup on 50cc”

    hahaha, priceless. I’ll be sure to use and compare that the next time I play a round of MK

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    • PeeSeeGee
      March 26, 2012

      Does that mean Edmonton is the equivalent to Donkey Kong?

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  5. Brent
    March 26, 2012

    So was I the only one creeped out by the weird handshake ritual? Does this happen after every game, only games they win, because of the NW division win, or just because there was a camera in there? No one looked incredibly pleased with the ritual, some less so than others, even AV didn’t seem to have his heart in it. Like Kassian’s expression upon seeing the camera (damn I won’t be able to swear and pick my nose!)

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    • Frank
      March 26, 2012

      Totally agree regarding the awkwardness. The way they interact (or not) almost makes it look like Vigneault is a complete stranger to some of the players…

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    • akidd
      March 26, 2012

      yup, everyone seemed to stiffen up real good when it was their turn for the handshake. so formal. i think that’s how av likes it or he has no choice thanks to his social skills. some guys play for the glory, some guys play for the bucks and some guys play for the fleeting, awkward finger-squeeze of their coach, accompanied by a waft of lozenge of course.

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      • tom selleck's moustache
        March 26, 2012

        I think it’s just due to his coaching style. I remember an interview with the Sedins where they admitted not knowing AV very well on a personal level and not interacting with him on a social basis despite having been coached by him for so many years. It seems that he likes to keep a fair distance between himself and his players so that the relationship is strictly professional.

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    • John in Marpole
      March 26, 2012

      I believe I recall seeing teams on both season of 24/7 doing the handshake ritual after victories.

      That doesn’t make it any less creepy looking – because it does/is – but it appears this may be an NHL tradiotion. You know, like the way that all teams do the exact same pre-game warm-up routine on the ice.

      If I was a certain “hockey columnist” at a certain local morning tabloid perhaps I’d be tempted to claim this is all part of some kind of Gary Bettman inspired conspiracy to suppress the players, or something like that.

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  6. shoes
    March 26, 2012

    i think the hand shakes was NW title….probably a tradition or something.

    sadly my broadband sucks where my job is so i can’t watch too good.

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  7. w13
    March 26, 2012

    IT’S KASSIANS FIRST NHL TITLE…. IF HES STOKED LET HIM BE…. YAY FOR HIM!

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    • Brent
      March 26, 2012

      Good point, but I still wouldn’t let him baby sit my kids as was suggested in the Parenting advice section.

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  8. tom selleck's moustache
    March 26, 2012

    “Hello, ma’am. I’d like the foie gras and a glass of –”

    “SHABAWOWOW!”

    After reading this, I went back and rewatched that part of the clip. I was howling the second time around when I actually paid attention to what Burrows was belting out. Great stuff.

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  9. Gimmic
    March 26, 2012

    I also love how AV gave a handshake to everyone, but gave a handshake and pat on the back to only 2 players: Kassian, and Higgy.

    This was 20 minutes after Av had to hold back Kassian on the bench (for the 2nd night in a row). I thought it was funny stuff.

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  10. Chako Mika
    March 27, 2012

    I would bet a chunk of change most of the players would rather not have an unexpected camara in their dressing room. You could see it on Kassian’s face, for sure, but I think the whole scene was a little bit awkward. Everyone knew it was there, but were trying to ignore it. I think funny Bob’s face captured at the top shows how he felt about it!

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