Unreal Canucks Gif Tournament: ‘Clutterbuck punches Linesman’ vs ‘Daniel Sedin, soccer star’

Introducing the Unreal Canucks GIF Tournament, a quest to determine which Canucks GIF is the greatest in existence. We’ve narrowed it down to 32 candidates, divided into four divisions then seeded, one through eight. Now we need your help. An important note: this isn’t just something to do while the players and the owners waste time bickering over who should get what’s left of the money they’re burning — it’s also a super-important initiative. After all, if we don’t do this, how else will we know? AND WE MUST KNOW.

UNREAL CANUCKS GIF TOURNAMENT — FIRST ROUND, SEDIN DIVISION

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(3) We call this gif CLUTTERBUCK PUNCHES LINESMAN.

When it comes to immediate visceral reward, “man getting accidentally punched in the face” is up there with “football in the groin”. But repeated viewings of this gif yield a hypnotic, understated beauty as well is. Watch as Clutterbuck winds up, Lapierre ducks, the unexpectedly clouted linesman recoils, another official reaches in futilely, a Canuck at the bench subtly jabs Clutterbuck in the helmet, and Marek Zidlicky drifts by the whole, beautiful debacle again and again and again. It’s not just a gif. It’s a silent movie.

(6) Daniel Sedin, Soccer Star

The Sedins are cerebral hockey players, known for taking a moment, reading the situation, and doing what the time and space calls for. We see it here, as Daniel Sedin sees Pavel Datsyuk bearing down on him and decides the best thing to do is to avoid letting the puck hit the ice altogether. Instead, he head-butts it expertly into the zone like he’s Zinedine Zidane and it just said something about his mother.

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OKAY. Now let’s vote. (Note: if the poll doesn’t appear, refresh the page.)

Voting closes at midnight.

WINNER — DANIEL SEDIN, SOCCER STAR (61.24%)

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5 comments

  1. madwag
    December 4, 2012

    it’s close but class always wins over clutterbuck

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  2. jimbob
    December 4, 2012

    the scary part about the daniel one is that datsyuk doesnt lose a beat, and just goes with it like he expected it to happen.

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    • RobG
      December 4, 2012

      Datsyuk was so inspired by the display he later performed the exact same move, except to score a goal with it.

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  3. Nee
    December 4, 2012

    Like the Clutterbuck one, but the wizardry of Daniel’s head pass won me over.

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  4. C4NUCK
    December 9, 2012

    Why was Datsyuk’s goal disallowed?

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