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Young Stars Live-Blog: Day 2

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks

Welcome to the blog, my name is Derek Jory and I'll be your word slinger throughout the 2011 Young Stars Tournament. I'll use this space to keep you up-to-date like no one else on crucial must-know information from Penticton, BC, such as: how sandy the beach is, if the Ogopogo has a moustache or not and how my fantasy football team (The Brady Punch) is coming together. Oh, and some stuff about hockey too - if there's time.

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. I'll also be live-tweeting every Vancouver Canucks Young Stars game via @CanucksGame, where zany is served up, free of charge, 140 characters at a time.

Let's do this.

8:30 a.m. -- Wow, you know you're getting old when sleeping in until 8:30 results in the best night of sleep ever. I'd probably still be sleeping if Frankie Corrado didn't wake me up with a tweet to send out, that kid sure is eager! As promised I've got a photo gallery coming, it'll be the only Vinnick gallery of the week so really enjoy it.

9:00 a.m. -- I just remembered I wanted to wish the Canucks Sports & Entertainment dragonboat team good luck today on the waters. They have two races today and if all goes well, a few tomorrow.

11:45 a.m. -- The internet at the hotel and I began fighting when I had one photo left to upload into the gallery, so I took off for the rink. That was at 11. A Farmer's Market and three stops to ask for directions later and I've arrived at the South Okanagan Events Centre; it took me 35 minutes longer to get here than it should have. My middle name should be Lost.

12:00 p.m. -- Yann Sauve was the first prospect on the ice for Vancouver's 12 p.m. practice, which began at 12 p.m. sharp. Coach MacTavish runs a tight ship.

12:24 p.m. -- Hallelujah, the Behind the Lens gallery is up!

12:33 p.m. -- Practice just kicked up about 200 notches aas the players scrimmage 4-on-4; no goals yet as Brendan Jensen and Karel St. Laurent (both free agents) hold their own, but Antoine Roussel just delivered a nice clean hit on Anton Rodin.

1:35 p.m. -- When I pitched the idea of writing this live-blog, I really thought it would be more riveting. Meh, at least you're reading it! (Thanks mom) Anywho, the prospects are now back on the ice after a quick twirl of the Zamboni and today's skate will end with a 5-on-5 scrimmage.

2:00 p.m. -- The Canucks are off the ice and they look bushed. The coaches appear to be in mid-season form, however.

2:15 p.m. -- Did Djokovic actually just come back to beat my boy Federer?

2:44 p.m. -- I think I know how NHLers in media-thin markets feel. There were a total of three reporters in the dressing room post-practice, including myself. It was awesome. No pushing or shoving or name-calling, just one-on-one interviews at their best. I've got a good lil' article in the works. Hopefully you're out enjoying the weather and not holding your breath for it, I need some time to put this puppy together. And I'm hungry again - surprise, surprise.

7:11 p.m. -- No, I didn't forget about you, I was working. And eating. And working. And eating. Despite a lack of oven mitts, I came up with 5 Burning Questions surrounding the Canucks for this week. You can read it, or not, just know that I wrote it in my hotel room despite gorgeous 33 degree weather and a magestically beautiful lake calling my name. And I did it for you, my people. (How was that for a guilt trip? (Just read it!)

7:28 p.m. -- This may or may not be my last update of the day, it allllll depends on if I opt for sleep to be refreshed for game-day tomorrow, or...actually, I'll take the or. Until tomorrow!

San Jose vs. Calgary Sept. 11 4:00pm
Vancouver vs. Edmonton Sept. 11 7:30pm
Calgary vs. Vancouver Sept. 12 4:00pm
Winnipeg vs. San Jose Sept. 12 7:30pm
Winnipeg vs Edmonton Sept. 13 7:30pm
San Jose vs Vancouver Sept. 14 4:00pm
Edmonton vs Calgary Sept. 14 7:30pm
Winnipeg vs Vancouver Sept. 15 11:30Am

Tournament ticket packages will go on sale July 16th at 10 am online at, by phone at 1-877-763-2849 or in person at the South Okanagan Events Centre box office. Single game tournament tickets will be made available in mid-August. Please go to for up-to-date information on the Young Stars Tournament. Game dates, times and opponents may be subject to change.

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