There’s no doubt that the Vancouver Canucks haven’t had the luckiest, or most successful, 50-year tenure in the NHL.
With zero Cups, three Cup final appearances and long stretches of ineptitude, watching hockey in Vancouver has often been more of an obsessive compulsion rather than a rewarding fan experience.
However, the city has been blessed with fantastic hockey broadcasters throughout most of their history. I look at that and continue to go around each NHL city on The Quickie podcast.
What’s Up, Denver?
The City of Denver is in my top three of American cities I've yet to visit. Still, it was easy enough to find some chirps for the city, thanks to the World Wide Web.— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) March 31, 2020
Finding some chirps about the #Avs roster? That was tough. COL up next on The Quickie: https://t.co/lW5PPBLjYf pic.twitter.com/ucB9J8ttfA
There have been lots of surprisingly successful players on the Colorado Avalanche this season. Of all the choices, I picked Valeri Nichushkin as the biggest surprise player.
Not only did he go from zero goals to 13 this season, but he’s been one of their most dominant possession players despite playing on a checking line. The player drafted one pick after Horvat in 2013 has helped Colorado solidify their depth issue this season.
Oh, and if you’ve been to Denver, let me know your tips on what to do!
The “Boring” Dallas Stars
Sorry Dallas...— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) April 1, 2020
You might be the home of Bonnie and Clyde, but you're also home to right-wing nutjob and homophobe Robert Jeffress.#GoStars are also the NHL's most boring playoff team.
I swear I have something nice to say about Dallas on The Quickie: https://t.co/Q1h1PRQaVt pic.twitter.com/q3luCCk35k
I’m likely not alone when I say that I’m a fan of fun hockey. The style that the Dallas Stars play is anything but fun.
Tyler Seguin leads the Stars with 50 point sin 68 games. No other player on the team has more than 39 points. The Canucks, in comparison, have six players with more than 45 points.
The system is clearly working, even if they are an eyesore to watch. I did pick the Stars leading goal scorer as my most surprising player. Hint, it’s not Seguin, Benn, Alexander Radulov, or Joe Pavelski...
My Soft Spot for Winnipeg
I'm extremely grateful for everyone who has chosen to make "The Quickie" (and any podcast from @nucksmisconduct) part of their quarantine.— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) April 2, 2020
I have fun making these bite-sized hockey shows. Today, I look at the best and worst of Winnipeg: https://t.co/GZrH0GO8fL pic.twitter.com/JLUvz21eJt
Yes yes, I do appreciate all of you who have made The Quickie a part of your quarantine entertainment, either full-time or occasionally.
I also do have an unhealthy appreciation for the city of Winnipeg, which I talk about in the episode.
Neil Pionk was the easy choice for the team’s most surprising player. He’s had a fantastic season with six goals and 45 points. More importantly, he’s one of their only defenders who has had a positive impact at preventing goals and chances.
Canucks Broadcasting Appreciation Episode
#Canucks broadcast appreciation episode recorded today for The Quickie.— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) April 3, 2020
We might not have a Cup in 50 years, but at least our broadcast history has been top-notch.
Who are your favourite Canuck broadcasters of all time? Who's underrated?
My take: https://t.co/GS9Vaeut46 pic.twitter.com/OTDYfWXpxS
As mentioned in the intro, being a Canucks fan hasn’t always been easy. However, some of the city’s broadcasters have helped inject some life into this team when it was much needed.
Jim Robson, Tom Larscheid, Jim Hughson, John Shorthouse, Rick Ball, and Brendan Batchelor all deserve high praise. I talk about them & more on this episode of The Quickie.
Monday Morning Quickie: Screw You, Chicago
Screw you, Chicago.— Trevor Beggs (@TrevBeggs) April 6, 2020
Screw you and all your Cups, your awesome party atmosphere, and your polluted city.
My chirps & compliments for the Windy City OUT NOW on The Quickie: https://t.co/L19CbpckUL pic.twitter.com/ewRuSszlMY
No love lost.