HANSEN RE-ASSIGNED TO MOOSE
General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that Canuck forward Jannik Hansen has been re-assigned to the Manitoba Moose for conditioning.
Hansen played 24 games this season for the Canucks and recorded nine points (5-4-9). Last season Hansen accumulated 21 points with the Canucks (6-15-21) in 55 games and participated in two playoff games.
Before joining the Canucks in 2007, Hansen played on and off for the Manitoba Moose in 124 games during his first four seasons, and recorded 78 points in that time (34-44-78).
The 23 year old Denmark native was chosen 287th by the Canucks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
CANUCKS FANS COME TOGETHER
The Fan Zone on Canucks.com is a place for fans to post blogs, share photos, discuss recent games, players, and hockey in general, but one fan proved that it can be used for so much more.
Patrick Donaghy’s “Canucks Fans Care” idea was born from starting a thread on the Canucks.com website forum called “Canucks Fans Support Alex Burrows Cause for Unbiased Officiating – Fundraiser for Canucks Place Hospice.” Patrick’s hope was to raise the same amount of money that Burrows was fined for speaking negatively to the media about official Stefan Auger, $2,500, and donate it to Canucks Place in Burrows name.
“It was a way to put a positive spin on a negative situation,” said Donaghy.
The response to the thread was more than Donaghy had expected and in two days, $2,000 dollars was raised from the Canucks discussion forum members.
Yet with the recent crisis in Haiti – a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12 that caused tens of thousands of deaths, homelessness, and starvation - Donaghy found that much of the forum quickly shifted their focus to helping those people in need.
This sparked the idea of Canucks Fans Care, which he hoped would grow into “an official fundraising venture in a partnership with the Canucks and its fans, with the organization matching donations that come in, and another way of connecting the team, the fans, and the community together.”
“As of January 21, $2645 has (unofficially) been raised for both Canucks Place and Haiti Earthquake relief, just from the forum,” said Donaghy. “And for fun, three other members and myself have pledged 14 dollars for every goal Burrows scores consecutively from the Minnesota game, on top of our original donation.”
In total, Donaghy and company raised $2,813 to help those suffering in Haiti.
Donaghy ideas and efforts have flourished into a connection between the fans, the team, and the community, and shows what this connection can accomplish.
CANUCKS BID FAREWELL
The Canucks are on their way to Toronto to begin their 18 day road trip that will consist of eight games. After winning their sixth straight game against the St. Louis Blues at 3-2, they are leaving on a positive note.
Two goals by forward Mason Raymond (20-19-39) and one by defenceman Christian Ehrhoff (11-16-27) gave the Canucks the edge to obtain the victory that puts them in first place in the Northwest Division and third in the Western Conference with 68 points (33-18-2).
"It's not by accident," coach Alain Vigneault said to The Province’s Ben Kuzma. "If there's one player on our team right now who's going the extra mile as far as trying to improve himself as a player, it's Mason. He's spending a lot of time with our skills coach before practice, working on his skills. He's even coming in on his days off. There's a reason why he's having the success, he's putting in the extra time."
Since Raymond’s hat trick on December 29 against the Calgary Flames, he has recorded 10 more points, three goals and seven assists.
The Canucks will be without Willie Mitchell on their road trip as he continues to heal from his concussion, while Sami Salo did make the trip and may be back in the line-up on Saturday when they play the Toronto Mapleleafs.
The team is looking forward to the road trip and hope to rack up more points before heading back to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
“I think it’ll be fun,” said Ryan Johnson. “We’re in some different cities, some warmer climates. It’ll be a good time to win some games and have some fun at the same time.”