Canucks do the holidays right with the best Christmas card ever

So here I was, grinding my teeth away in rage because I’d just watched and written about Tanbir Rana’s awesome setup video for Saturday night’s tilt between the Bruins and the Canucks. I had every intention of being angry and staying angry until Sunday morning. And then the Canucks had to go and ruin everything by sending me a Christmas card!

I think we can all agree that it’s tough to harbour unhappy feelings after seeing an image like this:

It’s a pretty great card. I mean, sure, there’s no money in it, which is lame, and it won’t top the surprise Beyonce album as far as cool things I got today, but it does feature more photos of the team in ugly Christmas sweaters, and that’ll do.

Plus there’s this video, which is pretty fun. It features awkwardness, and Alex Burrows attempting to pronounce the aitches in “Happy Holidays”. He does not succeed.

The twins saying “Happy holidays, Canucks fans” in tandem is a little creepy, though. It feels like it should be followed by “Come and play with us, Harrison.”

And finally, there’s a letter from Uncle Mike, a.k.a Michael D. Gillis, Canucks GM and president:

From all of us in the Vancouver Canucks family, happy holidays to the best fans in the NHL. Thank you for your passion and support for our team. We couldn’t do what we do without fans like you standing with us.

At the start of the season, we talked about the need for change. We brought on John Tortorella as head coach, and Torts has set off a shift in culture and character that has had immediate and positive impact on our team. We vow to bring this heart, hustle, and accountability to every game.

As the calendar draws to a close, we’re looking forward to some big events in 2014: The Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic™, a special Olympic Tribute; and Henrik Sedin’s 1000th game. We’re also gearing up, of course, for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

On behalf of everyone at Canucks Sports & Entertainment, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season! See you at Rogers Arena in 2014.

Finally, there’s this photo, which is pretty much the best gift we could ever ask for:

Christmas. You’re doing it right, Canucks.

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Harrison Mooney is the co-editor of Pass it to Bulis at The Vancouver Sun. Have a tip? Email him at harrisonmooney@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter!

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10 comments

  1. DanD
    December 13, 2013

    Alex Burrows likes tourtiere? My wife absolutely loves tourtiere. I thought she was the only one!

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    • llaplander
      December 14, 2013

      tourtiere is great after you cook it…

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  2. Lexie
    December 13, 2013

    I hope you noticed the part at the end where you can make your own card! There’s even stickers for you to graffiti the pictures with!

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  3. Kenji
    December 13, 2013

    Oh my god, Burrows’ expressions! He is clearly very into the “cheesy Christmas card” experience. I laughed so hard that I choked.

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  4. Lyg
    December 13, 2013

    Harrison, you and the Canucks just made my day, possibly my week!

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  5. garth
    December 13, 2013

    Is it time to start calling Gillis “Mike D?” I’m pretty sure the D is for diamonds.

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  6. Chris the Curmudgeon
    December 13, 2013

    Henrik’s 1000th game is a pretty neat landmark. Fun fact, what with the recent Alfredsson defection, Iginla trade, and Lecavalier buyout, Henrik is now 6th on the games played list of active players with their current franchise. Only Shane Doan, Marty Brodeur, Patrick Marleau, Patrik Elias and Chris Phillips have been with their current teams longer (if you don’t mind that the tenure isn’t consecutive, then Selanne is also ahead of Henrik). Go Henrik!

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  7. mac 'n cheese
    December 13, 2013

    Can we make little hearts here? I love this so much! <3

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  8. v
    December 13, 2013

    racist bieksa

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  9. Marc
    December 14, 2013

    You left out the bit at the end! Bieksa goes in for another for some reason and Fin leaves him standing there like a bump on a log. Greatest.

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