Spitballin’ (or Super Pass It To Bulis: All In, if you love adventurous acronymizing) is a feature that allows us to touch on a multitude of things really fast, because in the world of hockey, there are always lots of things to find and colour. Here are a few quick topics.
Mason Raymond, Kevin Bieksa, and Dan Hamhuis crash kids practices, ruin their day
Thanks to the lockout, Canucks players are having to pay for their own ice time. Apparently, some players don’t want to play and have taken to stealing ice time from innocent kids. Mason Raymond was the first to do so, crashing a Vancouver T-Birds practice. Not only did he steal their valuable ice time, he forced them to pose for a picture with him, as if he was doing them a favour.
Look at them all, pretending to be happy about a professional hockey player practicing with them.
Bieksa and Hamhuis both decided to cut in on a North Vancouver Storm practice, but it wasn’t enough just to take their ice time, they had to push the kids around as well.
“I knew he was going to attack me one-on-one and I’m thinking, ‘I am not letting this guy beat me,’” Bieksa said. “He tried to put it through my legs and go around me and I’m like, ‘Sorry, not today Bud.”’ So Bieksa did what comes naturally. He straight-armed the kid, who fell to the ice.
All three should be ashamed of themselves, those bullies. #theowners
Dan “Community Man” Hamhuis and Sarah “Community Mom” Hamhuis donate to Ronald McDonald House
One of the worst parts of the lockout is that players are not even allowed to participate in charitable endeavours through their respective teams. On Raise-a-Reader day, instead of buying a newspaper from Henrik Sedin or Alex Burrows, Vancouver residents got the likes of Mike Gillis and Laurence Gilman.
It wasn’t quite the same. For instance, Gillis was totally unwilling to participate in an ab-off, like Kesler did last year.
The charity lockout must be especially hard for community-oriented people like Dan “Community Man” Hamhuis, but he’s not letting it stop him from giving back. He and his wife chose to donate $100,000 to BC Children’s Hospital to build a new Ronald McDonald House.
I don’t have any jokes about that. It’s just awesome.
Chris Higgins, Alex Edler, and Cory Schneider attend Whitecaps game, shill season tickets
My wife was telling me the other day that she really hoped that the Canucks were spending time together during the lockout, I think because she really wants to believe that they’re all best friends. This video would make her happy, as it shows Higgins, Edler, and Schneider taking in a Whitecaps game, looking like best buds.
The Whitecaps took advantage of their celebrity guests by shooting a quick video promoting their 12%-off season ticket promotion. Unfortunately, the first take was ruined by Kenny Miller scoring a goal just before the tag line. That jerk.
My favourite part of the video is Alex Edler’s careful clarification that this is absolutely not his first Whitecaps game and that he is, in fact, a “big fan.”
Chicago Wolves training camp kicks off
While the Canucks won’t be having a training camp any time soon, which means I won’t get a chance to talk about my beloved invitees, the Canucks’ farm team kicked off their training camp today. The Chicago Wolves camp features a bevy of Canucks’ prospects as well as players like Zack Kassian and Andrew Ebbett that are only in the AHL because of the lockout.
This will be a key camp for Darren Archibald, Steven Anthony, and Prab Rai who spent last season with Kalamazoo in the ECHL and are on the bubble to make the Wolves. With the influx of talent from the lockout, they’ll be hard-pressed to impress.
Click here for the complete roster (warning: PDF).
See Nicklas Jensen score 2 goals for AIK
Jensen has had a solid start to his career in the Elitserien with AIK, scoring 4 points in his first 6 games, leading all under-20 players in scoring. 2 of his 3 goals came in a 5-3 loss to HV71 and they showcase his accurate wristshot.
Jensen wears number 46 for AIK and his goals can be found at the 1:42 and the 2:20 mark of the above video. Seriously, that wristshot is deadly.
Top 50 Canucks names, Jan Bulis gets snubbed
Last week, we unintentionally insulted a large portion of Canucks fans on Twitter by not including them in our PITB Twitter 50. Considering we left off our personal accounts, @HarrisonMooney and @aDanielWagner, as well as our boss @BrownieScott, we hoped it wouldn’t be too big a deal. There are lots of cool Canucks folk on Twitter who didn’t make our list and everyone should find and follow them as well.
One of those people is @RobtheHockeyGuy, and he took it upon himself to respond to our snub of him with a snub of his own, compiling a list of the top 50 names in Canucks history and leaving off Jan Bulis, the patron saint of PITB. We’re not going to take this lying down, Rob.
We’re going to take this sitting down, on our couches, laughing our butts off, because there are a lot of funny names throughout the Canucks’ existence. Kudos, Rob.Tags: alex edler, Chicago Wolves, Chris Higgins, community man, Community Mom, Cory Schneider, Dan Hamhuis, Kevin Bieksa, Mason Raymond, mason raymond is evil now, Nicklas Jensen, spitballin