From the Cory Schneider trade, to the hiring of John Tortorella, to the will-he-or-won’t-he of Roberto Luongo’s return to Vancouver, Canucks fans have had a pretty stressful off-season. Thankfully, come Thursday, the off-season will officially be over, as the Canucks kick off their 2013-14 season against the San Jose Sharks on the road.
We wouldn’t be surprised, however, if the events of the off-season (not to mention our season preview roasts) left you lacking a little in the pumped-up department. With the regular season kicking off, it won’t do at all if Canucks fans are only half-pumped, or worse, not pumped at all. That’s why we at PITB are happy to present five pump-up videos to provide a proverbial double-pump of Pumpkin Spice in the latte of your Canucks fandom.
Runnin’ Wild – Samir Javer
Friend of the blog Samir Javer is well-acquainted with the pump-up video and presents this marvellously edited effort to the song “Runnin’ Wild” by Airbourne. This video easily has the most energy of these videos and Javer smartly includes highlights from this pre-season, preventing a common problem in pump-up videos: they sometimes tend to use the same highlights repeatedly.
Reset – Jonathan Kasper
This deftly edited video uses some well-chosen quotes from John Tortorella, Mike Gillis, and Ryan Kesler to set the stage, then gets the blood pumping with the use of movie soundtrack music behind some excellent, if a little over-filtered, highlights. The end result feels a bit like a movie trailer.
2013-14 Pump-Up – Tanbir Rana
Tanbir Rana’s video starts off in a dark place, with a black and white recap of how last season ended: with a controversial call on Daniel Sedinin overtime, capping off a four-game sweep. Then it highlights — with, conveniently enough, highlights — the road to redemption, ending in a shot of the Stanley Cup. It’s a curious mix of cynicism and optimism that might just whet your whistle for the journey of the regular season.
Welcome Home – 127Flyby
When it became clear that Roberto Luongo was returning to the Canucks, a whole slew of feel-good videos hit YouTube welcoming back the beleaguered net minder. This one, however, takes a different tack, using the “best kid in the world” speech from Rocky Balboa to narrate Luongo’s fall from grace, including his playoff meltdowns, before urging him to come back strong. It gives this video a nice bit of narrative weight to it.
Retaliation – Bhavin Solanki
Finally, we have PITB-favourite Bhavin Solanki, whose highlight videos are always well-edited and a treat to watch. This one is no exception, as Bhavin uses the dubstep remix of the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army featured in the GI Joe: Retaliation trailer to perfection. Like Samir, Bhavin uses pre-season highlights, but centres nearly the entire video on these highlights, giving this pump-up video a fresh feeling that truly does focus on the potential of the coming season instead of dwelling on the past.Tags: pump-up videos, The YouTubes