Bure’s jersey to be retired versus Leafs, because their fans are used to drawn-out pregame ceremonies

You know how it is. It’s Saturday and the clock strikes 4pm. Eager to indulge in Canada’s national pastime, you sit down to watch Hockey Night in Canada. So ready for hockey are you that you’re even willing to endure a Maple Leafs game. And then it suddenly dawns on you that before you can, you have to endure some asinine pregame ceremony for what seems like an eternity. It’s 1967 healthy scratch commemoration night!

Well, good news and bad news. The bad news is that, when the Maple Leafs visit Vancouver this season, that game will feature a pregame ceremony. Would you expect anything less?

The good news: the ceremony is Pavel Bure’s jersey retirement, an acceptable pregame ceremony.

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Every Goal, 2012-13: Chris Higgins

There weren’t a lot of bright spots for the Canucks last season, but if I had to put my finger on one, it’d be Chris Higgins beard. And I mean literally put my finger on one. That beard seems downright tuggable, like Kris Kringle’s beard in Miracle on 34th Street. (Sidenote: Did you know Dylan McDermott was in that together? As soon as I pulled up the trailer and saw him sharing the screen with Sarah Paulson lookalike Elizabeth Perkins, I thought I was watching an episode of American Horror Story: Asylum. And when Santa appeared, I was certain I was. But alas.)

Of course, Higgins was fun to watch last season for more reasons than simply having the team’s best beard. He also had a pretty good season, scoring 10 goals and being rewarded for his production — not to mention his strong forecheck and ability to play up and down the lineup — with a four-year contract extension. Here are 10 reasons that extension seems like a pretty good idea.

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