On the eve of opening night, five awesome Canucks pump-up videos

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.

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Watch these 5 intense Canucks playoff pump-up videos, become sufficiently pumped up

The Canucks played their last game of the regular-season last Monday (despite being scheduled for two more games after). Their next challenge: the 2013 postseason, which begins Wednesday night in Vancouver versus the San Jose Sharks.

Playoff hockey means a few things: more intensity, higher stakes, beards, and a ton of playoff pump-up videos uploaded to Youtube. So many. It’s crazy. Users upload an hour of video to Youtube per second. This weekend, it was mostly footage of Kevin Bieksa making his angry face.

Since we love a good pump-up video here at PITB, here are five of our favourites.

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Johnny Canuck returns after the lockout, may have gone insane in the wilderness [VIDEO]

When we last saw Johnny Canuck, he was attempting to take his axe right to the face of a king. That…didn’t turn out so well. But now, after a long journey in the wilderness, the beleaguered and be-bearded lumberjack is back.

The Legend of Johnny Canuck – Part 1, The fourth film in Adam Mackay-Smith’s incredibe series, is just as epic and glorious as the first three, but also more distinctly resembles a crazed fever dream, complete with a Stanley Cup meteorite that causes sepia-toned flashbacks.

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Watch six and a half minutes of the Canucks beating up on the Northwest Division

We’re big fans of Canuck fan pump-up videos here at Pass it to Bulis, but we’re especially big fans of pump-up videos that sprinkle in an extra dose of creativity. Here’s one that sort of does. Now, I mean, it’s no “Bieksa Real Good” (still the gold standard for Canuck fan video what-the-heckery — please [...]

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Spitballin’ on the annual Canuck smear campaign, super-vague playoff Vigneault, and pump-up videos

Spitballin’ (or Super Pass It To Bulis: All In, if you love adventurous acronymizing) is a feature that allows us to touch on a multitude of things really fast, because in the world of hockey, there are always lots of things to find and colour. Here are a few quick topics.

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Every breath you take, Ryan Kesler will be watching you

Way back in October, we highlighted a fantastic pump-up video of Ryan Kesler by Bhavin Solanki. It was our first encounter with Solanki’s work and we were suitably impressed. So impressed, in fact, that we jokingly requested he create a pump-up video of Keslurks set to “Every Breath You Take” by The Police. Somehow, we completely [...]

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Video: According to ‘I Will’, Roberto Luongo’s pretty good

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love a good amateur pump-up video. It’s a simple concept, really: splice together a bunch of Canuck highlights, set them to music, and away you go. But there’s an art to it, and there are few in Canuck nation that make that more explicit than Bhavin Solanki.

Solanki is the mastermind behind one of my personal favourite pump-up videos, the Ryan Kesler tribute, “Cinderella Man”. It’s an epic and quite nearly perfect showcase of the Canucks’ centre in all his scowling, skilful, surly wonder. You should watch it. The kid knows how to edit a video.

And now Solanki has made another great one, this time for Roberto Luongo. Check out “I Will”, which, in just over a minute, could reasonably remind some of you that the Canucks number one netminder isn’t so bad after all.

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As you may know, we at PITB are fans of a well-made pump-up video, and “Cinderella Man” a recently uploaded tribute to Ryan Kesler by one MrNHLFanatic, is exactly that. If you weren’t already pumped for Kesler to rejoin the team tonight after allowing his tragically torn hip to Fully Completely heal (in which case, what’s wrong with you?), watch this video. It will get you hyped.

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Youtube is full of pump-up videos. These fan-made compilations, which combine sports highlights with epic music, tight editing and, usually, a theme of some kind, are designed in order to get you, the viewer, totally jacked before playoff games, seasons, and trips to the gym. Because they’re made by amateurs, usually with whatever footage they can “borrow”, not every one of them works. But when they do, they really do.

Needless to say, there are many Canucks’ 2011-12 season pump-up videos on Youtube, but obviously, you can’t watch them all. With that in mind, and with the Canucks’ 2011-12 season opening this very night, PITB has selected our three favourite Canucks pump-up videos on the Youtubes, and we would like to share them with you, so as to get you appropriately jazzed for the evening’s festivities.

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