Welcome to the blog, again, my name is still Derek Jory, you may remember me from such live blogs as the 2011 Young Stars Tournament. Good times. This weekend I'm up in the press box at Rogers Arena bringing you the latest and greatest from training camp.
If you've got any questions, comments, complaints or if any Nigerian kings need my help to access a large sum of money in a foreign bank account, money that we would then split 50/50, email me.
Let's do this.
8:55 a.m. -- Here we go again! It seems like just yesterday I was live-blogging from Canucks camp, oh wait, I was, and I will be tomorrow. There's lots to cover today, so let's get to it.
9:09 a.m. -- Group B is on the ice, they just finished stretching. Already a funny moment went down when, during the normally quiet stretching, a fan gave the players a cat call. Perfect timing. Everyone laughed.
9:13 a.m. -- All 22 members of Group B are accounted for. The lines and pairings are: 49 Archibald - 33 Henrik - 24 Mancari/43 Rodin - 20 Higgins - 26 Samuelsson/55 Fedoruk - 25 Ebbett - 77 Nolan/54 Volpatti - 40 Lapierre - 80 Dimitrakos; on D: 4 Ballard - 8 Tanev/23 Edler - 41 Alberts/ 7 Parent - 58 Corrado, 63 Polasek - 50 Erixon; 34 Legace and 35 Schneider in net.
9:18 a.m. -- I received an exceptionally nice email from Andrew & Nelida yesterday, who just wanted to say hi. Funny thing is that they were the couple holding a sign that read "Float Like a Burrows-Fly, Sting Like a B-ieksa" at practice Saturday, a sign that I actually noticed and meant to make note of in the blog. So Andrew & Nelida, thanks for the email and the sign, it gave me a good chuckle.
9:33 a.m. -- Just received another email, this one from Joerg. The question thrown at me is how many total players are there in camp and who carried over from the Young Stars Tournament. The answer: 64 players are listed on the Canucks Main Camp roster; 37 forwards, 20 defencemen and seven goalies. Of those 64 players, four are unsigned or undrafted by Vancouver (Marc Anthony Zanetti, Karel St. Laurent, Nathan Longpre and Antoine Roussel), those are also four of the 20 prospects who were invited to skate with the big dogs. If you're confused as to why you aren't seeing many of the young stars, it's because they're part of Group C.
9:38 a.m. -- A clean faced Chris Higgins with the goal of the morning so far, a bullet high-blocker side on Manny Legace.
9:43 a.m. -- Zamboni time! (Please no Glee)
10:00 a.m. -- Are you ready for some football? I am. All of my live-blog entries will now feature commentary on the NFL and my fantasy teams, my apologies, it's a disease. I'm kidding of course. Kind of. A little. Not really.
10:18 a.m. -- The pace has picked up at practice as the blue team and gray team work on some game situations. The crowd is going the opposite of wild out there, it's as quiet as a library in here.
10:26 a.m. -- Number 24 is flying today. No not Darcy Hordichuk, it's Mark Mancari, he's skating with Henrik Sedin and Darren Archibald. Little known fact about Mancari: he holds the AHL record for hardest shot at 102.8 mph. Goalies, get out of the way.
10:34 a.m. -- I'd like to take this opportunity to wish my stating running back and first round pick Jamaal Charles a speedy recovery after going down to injury just now. I am going to cry.
10:35 a.m. -- Group B is off the ice, so cue the Glee! I'm headed down to get some quotes. See you in a bit. Pray for Charles.
11:59 a.m. -- Boy do I ever have some stories for you. I spoke with Mark Mancari, Darren Archibald, Chris Tanev, Eddie Lack, Cory Schneider, Chris Higgins and Owen Nolan and found out some juicy information. Now the real work begins.
12:21 p.m. -- Cory Schneider, a native of Marblehead, Massachusetts, spends his off-seasons in Bruins territory. That made this past summer an interesting one to say the least. “I missed most of the parade stuff fortunately,” smiled Schneider. “A lot of shirts and hats and banners, the city was definitely excited about it, but it was pretty tame for me, no one really gave me any problems, I don’t think anyone knows who I am back there. Even my friends didn’t give me a hard time, they were pretty disappointed we didn’t win, but everyone was just happy with how well we did.”
12:35 p.m. -- POP QUIZ - Which grizzled veteran is behind this quote: "My goal right now is to make the team and once I do, discuss what role the coach wants me to have. I have a lot of experience and can handle a lot of different situations. I can do power play, kill penalties, whatever they need me to do, I’m more than willing to do."
1:00 p.m. -- The above quote was from one Owen Nolan. He's hungry.
1:15 p.m. -- That's it for today's skates. I'm still working on the Canucks Report, I'll post it when I'm done. Oh, and I am terrible at fantasy football.
2:00 p.m. -- Canucks Report: The battle continues. Until tomorrow!