Stick in Link: Stupid drunken encounter in downtown Vancouver draws national coverage

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  • Most drunken encounters outside the Roxy result in little more than maybe a black eye for one or both participants and a night in the drunk tank. When they involve a rival hockey player, they result, apparently, in a black eye for an entire city and fanbase. And really, sports media as a whole, because my goodness is this story ever overblown. [National Post]
  • This one makes two national columns that weave a drunken downtown incident into a hockey narrative. One! Two! Ah! Ah! Ah! [Sportsnet]
  • Many speculated that Lucic’s encounter with a drunken idiot occurred at The Roxy, but that might not be the case. It apparently started inside Mean Poutine, which has a secret “Lucic Poutine” that isn’t on the menu. [The Province]
  • According to this story from CBC, however, the incident occurred outside the Caprice nightclub, which is right around the corner from Mean Poutine. It’s possible that both are true, of course, as Lucic’s assailant may have followed him out of Mean Poutine, across the street, and around the corner, but the whole tone of the incident changes depending on whether the story talks about a poutine place or a nightclub. [CBC]
  • This may be my favourite article about the incident, as the writer refers to the Bruins winger as “Mr. Lucic” throughout, as if nervous that if he doesn’t, Lucic will start screaming “Do you know who I am?” at him. [The Globe and Mail]
  • Interesting quote from Joe Haggerty’s piece on the incident: “The only ‘no comment’ he gave was when he was asked whether the assailant said anything about him being a member of the Bruins before striking him.” Is it bad to read into that too much? I’m trying not to. [Comcast Sportsnet]
  • Rob Williams has had enough of this whole Lucic debacle. He’s mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. We agree. [Rob the Hockey Guy]
  • Hockey! David Ebner notes that one of the biggest reasons for the Canucks success in December is all the puck luck they’ve been getting compared to their jinxed November. [The Globe and Mail]
  • This is the Minnesota Wild’s home page right now and I kind of love it. Scrappy Holidays, everyone! []
  • If you prefer your advanced stats with a side of colourful things to look at, Cam Charron has you covered, with an interesting look at how different forwards and defencemen do when on the ice together. [Canucks Army]
  • The SFU and UBC men’s hockey teams will be hosting two NCAA Division 1 universities, Princeton and University of North Dakota, in the Great Northwest Showcase at the beginning of January. Here are the players to watch out for from Princeton and UND. [Canucks Hockey Blog]
  • Nicklas Jensen finally scored his first goal of the season on his 41st shot (shades of Alex Burrows) on Sunday against the Lake Erie Monsters. His goal tied the game, and he followed it up with a beautiful Forsbergian deke to help win the game in the shootout. He was named the first star. It’s not his first time pulling the Forsberg move in the AHL, as he did it last season with the Chicago Wolves as well. [Utica Comets]

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  1. peanutflower
    December 17, 2013

    At least this overblow idiocy resulted in Spector writing a rare sort of pro-Canuck column, so one thing was achieved.

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  2. Noodle
    December 17, 2013

    That Bruce Arthur article is pretty absurd. If there’s one thing I hate about hockey writing, it’s generalizations (about a player, a team, a fanbase, a city) and that article has quite a few, starting with the title. We’re not all sitting around fuming about 2011. That was a long time ago.

    On another note, I’m pleased that it took until December 17 for us to play the Wild this year. Can’t say I miss those gamZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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    • Chris the Curmudgeon
      December 17, 2013

      Agreed, that sure is some powerful journalism right there. He might as well write that “some Canucks fans will never get over the War of 1812″, being that it makes about as much sense to blame the Sack of York as the Stanley Cup Final for a drunken dispute between two meatheads outside of a nightclub at 4 AM.

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  3. Fitz
    December 17, 2013

    Some young men went to a bar and got in an altercation late at night?

    You’re effin kidding!!!!!

    That only happens every weekend, in every city in North America.

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  4. Bookie
    December 17, 2013

    aww, that ref is getting group tickled.

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  5. Dan
    December 17, 2013

    The Bruce Arthur article is 10 kinds of absurd. I literally laughed out loud in disbelief at “The worst edges of Vancouver’s fan base have seemed to out-crazy the edges of just about every other place, Montreal included, in recent years.”

    Is this article just one big troll job? That has to be the only explanation. That or he lives in Nowheresville and doesn’t read any kind of news at all.

    2 drunk guys fighting 4AM on Granville out-crazies just about every other place, really? Man this is reminding me of the media narrative spin of 2011, I can’t believe this goes about unchecked and people just eat it up.

    Weirdly, I hold people like Bruce Arthur to a higher standard than this, I guess I shouldn’t.

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  6. ikillchicken
    December 17, 2013

    The media and fans in other markets made up their minds about Vancouver long ago. If its not one thing they’re making an issue of it’s another. At least now maybe they’ll get some fresh material. Beats more “Sedin sister” jokes. In any case, it’s not something I feel the need to concern myself with.

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