The 10 best pictures of Canucks as kids

There is no better hockey-related Tumblr account in the entire world than NHL Players as Kids. Seeing pictures of big and tough hockey players as adorable, cherub-faced children is inherently hilarious. Making it even better is how many of them haven’t changed in the slightest and look almost exactly the same as they did when they were kids.

There are several Canucks represented on NHL Players as Kids and many of their pictures are awesome and need to be shared. So here I am, sharing them with you. That’s just how we roll here at PITB.

Without further ado, here are the 10 best pictures of current and former Canucks as kids:

10 | Alex Burrows


The only reason this one is number 10 and not number 1 is that Alex isn’t the guy making this an incredible photo; it’s his dad, who looks exactly like an adult Alex Burrows, except with an amazing moustache. Seriously, it’s more uncanny than Campbell’s Go soup.

9 | Andrew Alberts

Admit it: it’s hilarious that this picture is of young Alberts absolutely failing at a slap shot.

8 | Tanner Glass

Oh man, matching outfits with his brother, Darnell! Note: Tanner is on the right. Also note: Tanner already had his signature mullet.

7 | Mason Raymond

One half of me wants to just melt at the adorableness of this photo. The other half is terrified at how unsafe this all looks. Are there blade guards on those skates while you carry them around with bare feet? Are you aware that helmet does not fit correctly and will not provide proper protection in case of a collision? ARE YOU PLAYING ON THE TRAMPOLINE WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION?

6 | Kevin Bieksa

Yep, that’s Bieksa (in pseudo-Canucks gear, no less) with Don Cherry, who immediately knew he was a good Canadian kid with heart and grit. Guarantee you he called him Bieska repeatedly.

Much thanks to Greatest Hockey Legends for having the original, larger photo that NHL Players as Kids did not.

5 | Willie Mitchell

Willie Mitchell may have only been a Canuck for four seasons, he will forever be a Canuck in our hearts and minds. Also, in this photograph. That’s an awesome jersey. When I was a kid, I had the black away version of that jersey. I wore it to my elementary school during the 1994 playoffs and got some really weird looks from some of my classmates.

4 | Dan Hamhuis

There is an impressive amount of colour coordination going on in this photo. It seems like only toys that fit into the Canucks’ colour scheme of yellow, red, and orange were allowed in the Hamhuis household, with young Dan Hamhuis about to run over the sock monkey who dared to wear green.

3 | Alex Burrows

There are a ton of Alex Burrows images available, including a great one with legendary coach Pat Burns, but this one is my favourite. That’s a mischievous look on young Burrows’ face. You can just tell he’ll be trouble.

It doesn’t even matter that he’s wearing a turtleneck sweater, he still manages to make it look badass.

2 | Christian Ehrhoff

According to an interview with in 2010, Ehrhoff’s dad played drums in a band and clearly encouraged Christian to do the same. Ehrhoff, unfortunately, “learned to play a little piano but never [took] up the drums.”

To be honest, I’m more interested in the story behind those pants and bow tie combo.

1 | Cory Schneider

When I saw this picture, I knew I had to do this list. That’s Cory on the right, with his brother Geoff. Everything about Cory’s outfit is amazing, from the rainbow suspenders, to the bright blue pants and the overly wide tie. I want a matching outfit for my son.


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  1. cathylu
    November 23, 2012

    Those photos are an “11″ on the cuteness scale!!

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    • cathylu
      November 23, 2012

      And you’re right about the photo of Little Burr in the turtleneck. That face absolutely says “trouble”!

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  2. chicken chick
    November 23, 2012

    The lockout’s end is nowhere near
    Courtesy Daly and Donald Fehr
    This whole thing is such a bore
    I’ll ne’er watch hockey any more

    In fact no more you’ll hear from me
    It’s my last troll PITB
    I loved the posts of Skeeter Dan
    Of Mooney’s wit I was a fan

    But pro hockey I don’t need
    Its bottom line is simply greed
    I’ll watch kids play at the rink
    It’s purer there is what I think

    And so this morn I’ll bid adieu
    My leaving here is overdue

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  3. jenny wren
    November 23, 2012

    The Chicken Chick is just upset
    That there’s been no agreement yet
    I guarantee she will be back
    Can’t say the same for whisky jack

    Seeking solace in bathtub gin
    With his new bud one Michael Finn
    The Olde Coot says he’s filled with hate
    “The man’s not simply thinking straight.”

    And as for me well I’m still here
    For just like you I’ll persevere
    By finding joy in the mundane
    “Canucks as kids” will keep me sane

    Thanks for each and ev’ry post
    Of all the blogs I love yours most

    Jenny Wren

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    • Daniel Wagner
      November 23, 2012

      Are those insults? It’s hard to tell.

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  5. madwag
    November 23, 2012

    “You’re” is the contraction of “you are”, while “your” is the possessive case of “you”.

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  6. TeeJay
    November 27, 2012

    And they forgot Luongo’s picture as a kid which was featured in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics titled “Difference Makers”.

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  7. pooroldbearandelkandducksandunicorn
    December 4, 2012

    Admit it, the photo of the hockey legend posing with Don Cherry ought to be #1. You even use it as the headline. Love how he doesn’t look the least bit overawed and already has the beginnings of a signature smirk.

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