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Behind the Lens: Player-Father Road Trip (Day Three)

by Jeff Vinnick / Vancouver Canucks

Canucks photographer Jeff Vinnick joined the team for their four-day Player-Father road trip that takes them through Minnesota and Nashville.

Canuck Dad's will join the players on the team charter, attend both games, and have a chance to see the everyday off-ice NHL business.  This trip is a great opportunity for the fathers to meet all of the Canuck personnel, other fathers, and most importantly, gives them a chance to spend some quality time with their sons.

Jeff Vinnick has kindly agreed to share a few thoughts, and hopefully a slew of pictures over the next week as he captures action behind the scenes.

Nashville, Day Three:

It’s great how an important victory can bring out the megawatt smiles, laughter and a totally relaxed atmosphere to a hockey team. Well that’s what the doctor ordered and that’s what the Canucks and their dads all have.

It was practice day here in Nashville and the guys were given a short but intense workout.

The fathers were given the pleasure of playing coach behind the bench for a shootout practice. The Blue team won, mostly due to the fact that that was where all the dad’s were standing. After the Blue victory everyone assembled at center ice and all officially posed for the second Canuck team photo this year.

After spending three days with the players and the fathers it’s very interesting to see how the character, habits and personalities of the fathers is reflected in their sons; how Trevor likes to hold court and tell stories; why Willie always seems relaxed and has a smile on his face; the quiet demeanors of Byron Ritchie and Taylor Pyatt; the subdued and friendly personalities of Markus Naslund and Sami Salo.

You can bet that if there is a victory tomorrow night against the Preds that the father-son trip will become an annual affair. I know the players have had to be on their best behavior with the dads in the house but I think that since this is the last night of the trip before we fly home, it’s the fathers that are going to try and relive their youth and forget about behaving.


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