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:
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.
Admit it: it’s hilarious that this picture is of young Alberts absolutely failing at a slap shot.
Oh man, matching outfits with his brother, Darnell! Note: Tanner is on the right. Also note: Tanner already had his signature mullet.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to an interview with Canucks.com 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.
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.
Tags: Alex Burrows, Andrew Alberts, Baby Canucks, Blogs are for lists, Christian Ehrhoff, Cory Schneider, Dan Hamhuis, Kevin Bieksa, Mason Raymond, Tanner Glass, Willie Mitchell