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Wake With Elias: Jett Woo, Kevin Bieksa & Playoff Memories

Here’s your hump day round-up of Canucks news and notes.

San Jose Sharks v Vancouver Canucks - Game Five
Kevin Bieksa #3 of the Vancouver Canucks is congratulated by teammates Raffi Torres #13 and Alex Burrows #14 as they celebrate their 3-2 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Arena on May 24, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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Canucks & NHL Headlines

Nothing like starting off your morning with a word from Canada’s Prime Minister, am I right?

“We have indicated that we are comfortable with moving forward on an NHL hub in one of the three Canadian cities that are asking for it,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday morning.

  • So Trudeau’s blessing was one step for a hub city coming to Canada, but there are other factors that could ultimately have Vancouver falling out of the running. [The Province]

Case in point....Toronto is still in the running.

For once, I actually see where Steve Simmons is coming from. Even though fans aren’t in the stands, the league and the players probably still want to be in the normal game day routine, as much as possible. For that reason, it makes sense to have two hub cities in two different time zones. That puts Vancouver at a disadvantage with Vegas being named a hub city.

Okay, enough Steve Simmons. Right, Phil Kessel and Marc Savard?

  • Apparently there won’t be any additional protective gear for players once the games get going again. The logic here, according to this article, is that the players are already being tested daily, so the need for different gear in minimal. [CTV]
  • While Woo had a down year offensively, it wasn’t all bad for the Canucks 2018 second-round pick. [The Canuck Way]
  • Our friends over at Vintage Canucks remembered this historic day in team history.
  • Also, happy belated birthday to this Canuck great.

He recently appeared on Sportsnet 650 to talk about the 2011 Stanley Cup run. One of the most interesting tidbits of that interview came when Bieksa said he recently re-watched almost the entire playoff run (except for the Nashville series) because he wanted to see if it truly went down the way he remembered it.

One of his main takeaways? Hockey truly is a game of bounces. He recalled that some games during the Cup Final were closer than he remembered. He referenced Chris Higgins posts and missed breakaways, along with some of the fanned shots, like one by Michael Ryder, that got by Roberto Luongo.

  • If you want to reminisce on intense playoff battles, go check out our ranking of the most emotional Canucks playoff series in team history. [Nucks Misconduct]