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Matthew Veenstra - Behind The Scenes

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Behind the Scenes

...My Canucks Experience

By: Matthew Veenstra

This is the story of how I went from doing schoolwork all day to living a dream. The mentorship program made this all possible (and Michael Kinghorn too of course). I got to do things and see things I didn't think I would be able to see. Going to the game on Saturday was the highlight of the mentorship. Here's what happened...

Friday, I was really excited when I woke up. I was going to my first meeting with Michael Kinghorn, the Canucks' website manager. After I met him, we went to his office and met some people he works with, like Rod Brathwaite, Ken Jones, Chelsea Perrella, and others. After that, we went to watch the Canuck's practice for a bit. We then waited for Marc Crawford so we could do the '5 game outlook', where Marc Crawford talked about the 5 remaining games.

After that, we went and watched Marc Crawford's press conference, and then went back to his office for a minute, before going to have lunch. After that, we walked around the building for a bit, seeing everything there was to see (and a bit more). We went up to the video control room, where I would be sitting during the next game. The video control room had a great view, and had at least a thousand buttons that did a thousand different things. We also went up to the broadcast gondola for a few minutes.

After that, we went back and took a look at what Chelsea does (she does the audio clips for the website). I had some fun cropping a recording of Naslund. After that, Michael showed me Photoshop, and we fooled around with some pictures, using the paintbrush, filter, and my favourite, the copy stamp. When my dad came to pick me up, Michael gave us a tour of GM Place. He also got my dad a seat for the Canucks' game.

On Saturday, I was literally bouncing off the walls. I was so excited. I was going to the Canucks' game, getting to sit up in the video control room, and getting to see what everybody did during the game. I met Michael at Gate 5 and we went up to the video control room. For the warm-up, I went to the press box and saw where the sports writers sit. Then I went back to the video control room to watch the game. Here's what happened. . .

Canucks 3 vs. Flames 2 - OT/F

By: Matthew Veenstra
April 8, 2006

The anarchy is over now that Jovo-cop is in town. After missing 27 games, Canucks' defenseman Ed Jovanovski scored the game-winner in overtime and brought some jump to the lagging Canucks.

The Canucks came charging out of the gate at the beginning, as Brendan Morrison scored a powerplay goal less than five and a half minutes into the period, banging in the rebound of a Jovanovski shot for his seventeenth of the season. Jovanovski was robbed of an assist however, as the assists went to Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi.

The teams traded powerplays for a while, with both Alex Auld and Mikka Kiprusoff looking strong. With three minutes left in the first on a delayed call, Morrison set up Naslund behind the net. Naslund came out on the right side and wired a high shot into Kiprusoff. The puck fell on the goal line and lay there for a few seconds before Kiprusoff quickly covered up. Jamie Lundmark was eventually called for holding Morrison.

Late in the first, with the Canucks on the powerplay, Daniel Sedin fired a shot on net that Kiprusoff handled easily, but Andrew Ference knocked the rebound right to Mattias Ohlund, who scored his twelfth of the season unassisted.

The Canucks met with some penalty trouble at the beginning of the second but keep the Flames from getting a shot, with the Sedins getting a great chance. Right after the powerplay, Henrik Sedin was allowed to stand with the puck behind the Calgary net for a long time. Henrik promptly fed his brother Daniel, who snapped a quick shot on net that Kiprusoff barely kept out.

There was a flash of vintage Bertuzzi halfway through the second, as he took the puck with a head of steam and barreled past Andrew Ference, who hooked him down and crashed into Kiprusoff. The refs then called a questionable penalty on Bertuzzi for goalie interference. It makes you think of when Bertuzzi was the best power forward in the league...

Shortly after that, Roman Hamrlik was hit with a great pass coming out of the penalty box, but Auld made an even better save on Hamrlik's breakaway. And at the end of the period, Bertuzzi got a great chance to score, but tipped Naslund's pass just wide of the net.

The Canucks then made a horrible decision and sat back in the third. Ten minutes into the period, Mark Giordano scored his first of the season, as his point shot beat Auld glove side, though the puck seemed to have been tipped by Jarome Iginla. The assists went to Lundmark and Tony Amonte. Two minutes later, Byron Ritchie broke into the Canucks zone and fired a backhander over Auld's shoulder to tie the game up at two. Iginla and Daymond Langkow assisted on Ritchie's third of the season.

Late in the game, the Sedins broke in shorthanded. Henrik fired a shot on net that was stopped by Kiprusoff, then Eric Weinrich put the puck off the far post.

A minute into overtime, Bertuzzi took a long pass from Carney and came steaming into the zone. He obliterated rookie defenseman Dion Phaneuf with a crunching hit, and then fed Anson Carter at the far post, but he couldn't tip the puck in. A minute later, Morrison came down the right side and sent the puck to Naslund. Naslund stopped and fed Jovanovski, who handcuffed Kiprusoff, wiring a low shot through the five-hole to win the game.

It was a really tense game, with a great ending. The Canucks won in overtime, and the heroic Jovanoski came back to save the team. Unfortunately, he was too late to save their season. It was really too bad because they had one of the better teams in the conference.

think it would be really interesting to go into the hockey business. Michael, as Website Manager, does things like use Photoshop, reviews the articles on the website, and writes game blogs. Chelsea does the audio cuts and is able to make players say crazy stuff using the computer. Rod works with the fan club. Ken does creative design, making the posters, book covers and magazine covers for the Canucks. All the jobs seem to be pretty cool and everyone seemed to like their work. However, I still think being a hockey player would be the most fun.

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