Vancouver Canucks

Robert Kron

HC0006.jpgDate sent: September 22, 2017
Date received: November 8, 2017
Total time: 47 days
Total players responses: 561
Total 2017 responses: 20

A former Vancouver Canuck and current scout for the Carolina Hurricanes, Robert Kron was a fifth round draft pick.

As an NHL player, Robert played for a total of four teams making the playoffs only twice.  Once in the 1991/92 season with the Vancouver Canucks and the other time with the Carolina Hurricanes during the 1998/99 season.  From a statistical standpoint, Robert never reached more than 50 points in a season, hitting that mark twice during his thirteen year career.

Here is Robert showing some sweet moves in a 1996 game as part of the Hartford Whalers

 

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Roberto Luongo

HC0009Date sent: September 12, 2017
Date received: October 11, 2017
Total time: 29 days
Total players responses: 558
Total 2017 responses: 17

Out of all the players in the NHL, Roberto Luongo, former Canuck and current Panther is the best of the best. His twitter handle @strombone1, is absolutely hilarious and if you’ve never read his tweets, you definitely should spend some time doing it! From making fun of his goals against, to coaches and even fans sending in the wrong picture, it’s been a really awesome.

Hailing from Vancouver, I really liked what Roberto brought to the Canucks franchise. The organization was known for being a “goalie graveyard” by not having a solid goaltender since 1998 when Kirk Mclean was the backstopper for the Canucks. Roberto joined the team in 2006 and posted 47 wins that regular season. For me, I was happy the turntable of goaltenders were over and we had a legitimate goaltender in our net.

Of course, after much media attention – we know how his time ended with the Canucks but I’ve been happy to have met Roberto in person. He’s been awesome with fans and the city here in Vancouver. He’ll definitely go down as one of the best goaltenders to have ever played the game.

Thank you Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

See that tweet from Roberto here:

Jake Virtanen

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Received IP: October 13, 2017
Total players responses: 554
Total 2017 responses: 13

Another autograph from 6th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Jake Virtanen. I’ve been really impressed this year with Jake’s level of play and find that he’s really coming into his own. This year, Jake has taken his game to another level as it is clear he has significantly improved his conditioning, which in turn has helped his ability to blow by defenders and stand up against the NHL elite when it comes to physical play. Watching the Canucks this year, he’s really been put in a tremendous position to learn lots as he’s been playing with the Sedins consistently. See Jake’s hit on Niklas Kronwall below in a recent game versus the Detroit Red Wings.  This is why we drafted Jake.

Playing aside, Jake has been absolutely amazing in the local community here in the Lower Mainland. He’s supported numerous charity events and is a frequent attendee to the Children’s Hospital.

Troy Stecher

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Received IP: October 13, 2017
Total players responses: 553
Total 2017 responses: 12

I was so happy to finally get a Troy Stecher card signed.  He’s one of the newer Canucks and had gone through the college route that so many hockey players seem to go through these days.  As an undrafted prospect, the Canucks likely caught sight of Troy after watching Brock Boeser who was on the same UND team.

Troy has been pretty solid on the backend for the Canucks last season and this season as well.  He’s currently injured and will likely be out for the next handful of weeks, according to the Canucks’ twitter account.  I find it pretty fascinating that Troy is able to handle the grind of the NHL considering he’s only 190 lbs and 5’10”.  It just shows that anyone can make the NHL if they have the smarts and proper work ethic.

Markus Granlund

HC0004Received IP: October 13, 2017
Total players responses: 552
Total 2017 responses: 11

Expect to see a nice string of Canucks players that I got at a recent practice at the local University.  Surprisingly, the Canucks have done extremely well and Markus Granlund is definitely a part of the success this year.  He’s been part of the rejuvenation of the Canucks and has contributed 2 points in 9 games this season after scoring a career high 32 points last season.

It seems like Markus has found his stride with the Canucks and I’m really hoping that he continues his progress when the Flames wrote him off.  Being a 2nd round pick, there were some high expectations but seemed to fail to reach them in Calgary.

Thanks for the autograph Markus!

Brock Boeser

HC0002Received IP: October 13, 2017
Total players responses: 551
Total 2017 responses: 10

The Vancouver Canucks drafted a great, young player in Brock Boeser during the 2015 NHL draft.  Brock is known for his shooting abilities, more specifically the quickness of his shot.

After being drafted into the NHL, he opted to continue his college career with the UND (University of North Dakota) where he amassed 94 points in 74 games.  I personally think this was a good idea since typically the leagues in the US play less games than the CHL, which allows players to hone their skills.  UND has a history of pumping out stars such as Jonathan Toews, Zach Parise and TJ Oshie which started out in 1946/47 season.  Today, it’s clear they are one of the premier teams in the NCHC as UND has made over 30 appearances in the NCAA tournament, appeared in the Frozen Four 22 times, and have won 8 NCAA Division I Championships.

Recently, Adam McQuaid of the Boston Bruins tested to see if Brock’s shot was all it was cracked up to be.  The result?  A broken leg and he’ll be out of the lineup for 2 months.  Hopefully Adam has a speedy recovery, but Brock wasn’t brought in to break legs, he was brought in to score goals… like his first NHL goal last season in his NHL debut.

Brian Bradley

scan0027 by hockeyttmDate sent: June 29, 2012
Date received: September 13, 2012
Total time: 76 days
Total players responses: 537
Total 2012 responses: 140

A sweet autograph from Brain Bradley, shown here in a Vancouver Canucks uniform. He was originally drafted by the Calgary Flames, 51st overall, and played for a handful of teams, including the Lightning and Leafs. He retired after 10+ seasons due to injuries. Thanks for the autograph Brian!