Hockey Night in Canuck-town

NHL Canucks hockey returned to Vancouver this week for the first time since the infamous Stanley Cup playoff riots in June.
The first pre-season home game of the season against Calgary Flames featured a selection of veteran NHLers looking to extend their careers and a hungry newcomers hoping for their first chance at the big time.
Veteran stalwarts Owen Nolan and Marco Sturm made their presence known amongt less seasoned players, like Chris Tanev and Keith Ballard, looking to make their mark on the squad.
With nothing at stake except for pride, the game turned out to be fairly rough and tumble as each player flexed their muscles.
A good back and forth game with Calgary outshooting the Canucks but the Canucks came through where it mattered, winning 4 – 3. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come and another long season is ahead for Canucks fans!

Top 10 Withdrawal Symptoms From The Canucks Hockey Season

This week wraps up the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Vancouver (hopefully the Canucks bring it home) and with it the end of the 2011 NHL season.  As a result there will suddenly be a lot of people suffering from Canucks hockey withdrawal.

Here are the Top Ten symptoms

1. Headaches from the confusion of no longer wearing a Canuck’s jersey every day and suddenly having to decide what to wear in the morning.
2. Laryngitis as throats hoarse from screaming and yelling finally gave up and now the whole city is whispering.
3. Bleeding ears with nicks and cuts as barbers/stylists hurry to clear the backlog of  people getting haircuts, as no longer will throwing on a Canucks cap suffice for a night out.
4. Sunburned faces as playoff beards are shaved revealing pasty white cheeks and chins that haven’t seen the sun in 9 months.
5. Backaches from sitting on a fuller wallet from saving money on fuel, since cars no longer have Canuck window flag drag they are more fuel efficient.
6. Livers and kidneys unable to adapt to no longer needing to process a constant stream of beer being poured into them.
7. Bladder/Bowel irregularity, since washroom trips are no longer dictated by intermissions between periods.
8.  Couples therapy as hockey widows/widowers suddenly have to adjust to having a partner back in their lives.
9. Confusion ensues as people realize that the Hockey Night In Canada theme is not the ‘summer anthem’ of 2011
10. Stress as it sets in that there is no Canucks hockey until October.

Akon – Supporting Usher

Akon – Rogers Arena – May 25, 2011

Although he could easily headline his own bill, supporting Usher seems a natural fit for Akon.  As an often collaborator/write/producer, Akon has supported and kick-started many careers, including Lady Gaga, Pitbull and T-Pain.
Dressed in all white, Akon took to the Rogers Arena in front of an already excited crowd and proceeded to push them up another level with his fun, energetic, R&B tracks.
The multiple-Grammy nominated star is often a featured singer on other artist songs it was easy to forget just how many great singles Akon has under his belt.  Dangerous, Sexy Bitch, I Just Had Sex were all in

Akon shows off his Canucks Jersey

collaboration with other artists but stood up well as Akon sang them solo alongside his own hits.  To boost up the crowd’s excitement level Akon donned a Vancouver Canucks hockey jersey, in celebration of the team’s advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals the night before in the same venue, which brought a huge cheer!  By the time Akon finished his nearly 60 minute set he had the crowd more than ready to welcome the headliner and continue the good times of the evening!

Who’s Your Fave Vancouver Mascot?

Sports team Mascots are important members of a team, responsible for building enthusiasm in the live sporting arena.  Sometimes this is a difficult, thank-less job for those underneath the felt and foam head.

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In Vancouver, we are blessed with some mascots with exceptional personalities who truly deliver the entertainment value.

Watch Vancouver Canucks Playoffs from the Metropolis Hot Seats!

The Vancouver Canucks regular season is now over…the best in the league team is coming home to start the playoff run for the Stanley Cup.
Metropolis at Metrotown has some of the best seats in the house! I recently caught a game from the Metropolis Hot Seats…it’s an awesome experience! From the 5th level suite at Rogers Arena you get an amazing view of all the action.
How would you like to win your own experience in the Metropolis Hot Seats for a Canucks playoff game!? I know I’m entering!  It’s easy!

Just stop by any of the electronic kiosks at Metropolis at Metrotown, you can enter EVERY DAY!

Also until April 15th visit Facebook at access the Metropolis at Metrotown arcade to play to win some great prize packs from Metropolis at Metrotown and Vancouver Canucks including tickets to the Metropolis Hot Seats during a playoff game! There’s only a few days left so play now!

Canucks from the #MetropolisHotSeats!

Vancouver Canucks vs Minnesota Wild – Roger’s Arena – April 7, 2011

The final home game of the regular season is always a special one.  Sometimes it’s bittersweet if the team hasn’t made the playoffs, other times there’s excitement in anticipation of a playoff run to come.  This night was the later…the Canucks are best team in the league, having earned the President’s Trophy for the first time in club history.  The final also is the occasion to announce the Canucks Team Awards.  Members of the 82-83 Canucks team, who made it to the Stanley Cup final, were on hand to help present the following Canuck team awards to this seasons players.

Canucks Awards

Cyclone Taylor – “Most Valuable Player”: Daniel Sedin
Walter (Babe) Pratt – “Best Defenceman”: Christian Ehrhoff
Most Exciting Player: Ryan Kesler
Fred J. Hume – “Unsung Hero “: Jannik Hansen
Molson Cup Trophy: “Most Molson Cup Selections” Roberto Luongo
Cyrus McLean – “Leading Scorer “: Daniel Sedin

A huge round of applause came about when fan-favourite, and fresh from eye surgery, Manny Malhotra came out to help recognize the President’s Trophy win.

After a couple of lackluster losses against the lowly Edmonton Oilers everyone was hoping The Canucks would bounce back and put on a good game for the home fans (one of the most devoted fan bases in the NHL).  Indeed the team did not disappoint…cruising to a 5-0 win over the Wild.

@jminter @br_webb

 

 

As if a great game shared with a great friend, Brian Webb, wasn’t enough we had the added bonus of being invited up to watch from the Metropolis Hot Seats box by our friends at Metropolis at Metrotown. The Metropolis Hot Seats have an amazing from the 5th level, you get to see everything (and everyone), with a great spread of food and soft drinks and of course good company.  It was nice to catch up some old and meet some new Tweeps; in addition to @MetropolisatMet in attendance was @maryinvancity @swong16 @Miss604 @johnbollwitt @amienguyen @MissAboutTown @HeadtotheNet @gutsmctavish24

Fin!

Even Canuck mascot FIN stopped by to help us cheer on the team!

How would you like to win your own experience in the Metropolis Hot Seats for a Canucks playoff game!? I know I’m entering!  It’s easy

Just stop by any of the electronic kiosks at Metropolis at Metrotown, you can enter EVERY DAY!

Amazing views from the Metropolis Hot Seats

Also until April 15th visit Facebook at access the Metropolis at Metrotown arcade to play to win some great prize packs from

Metropolis at Metrotown and Vancouver Canucks including tickets to the Metropolis Hot Seats during a playoff game! There’s only a few days left so play now!

You can see everything from above

 

 

Metropolis Hot Seats – Rogers Arena

Last night I had the privilege of watching the Vancouver Canucks overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche from the comfort of a Penthouse Executive Suite at Rogers Arena.  The game also featured a pre-game induction of the Canucks first Captain Orland Kurtenbach into the new Ring Of Honour.
The great folks at Metropolis at Metrotown hosted a Social Media night to introduce us to Metropolis Hot Seats.  It turned out to be a great tweet-up as many of us followed each other on twitter but hadn’t yet met in real life. 
@Vancitybuzz @Erin_Ireland @Mozy19 @Kristen24Hours @Maryinvancity @VIAwesome were there, as well as writers for @MyVancouver and @Miss604

As you can see from the images above the view is amazing from the 5th level suite, if (for some reason) you tire of the view or peckish head inside to the lounge area, grab some food and a beverage then sit back in the comfy leather chairs and watch the game feed on the large screen tv!
The Suite has all the comforts of home, if home had a live NHL game happening in the rink downstairs!

You can win the chance to experience these Hot Seats to a Canucks game or concert for yourself, just look for an entry box at a Metropolis at Metrotown Customer Service Desk.  Metropolis is putting lucky winners in the Hot Seats for every event at Rogers Arena throughout the year! 

Follow @metropolitmet on Twitter, ‘Like’ Metropolis At Metrotown on Facebook and visit their website for up to date information on the next contest.