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Grassroots campaigns for Canucks re-signing Trevor Linden

Mark at Vancouver Courier gave a ring asking my opinion on the whether the Canucks should seek to re-sign venerable local hero Trevor Linden and, if i know of anyone “beating the drum” to re-sign him. Any campaigners out there?

I mentioned that I’d rather have him run for mayor and take over for Sam Sellout-van and if he did return, adopt a player-coach role (not necessarilty change his name to Reg Dunlop of Slapshot fame) to mentor the youthful forwards in the quest for Cup #1. I also mentioned that the wimmin want him back before their eyes more than the fellas. Am i wrong?

Raise a Reader Day - Trevor & Me
(Miss 604 poses with some grizzled vet)

Who’s beating the drum?  Holler back and I’ll hook you up with 7.5 minutes of fameage.

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BC Floorball Says “Thanks” – I Say “No Prob”

June 12, 2007
Dave Olson:
Hockey Northwest/ Canucks Outsider

Re: Canucks Outsider #55 – Swiss Dominate BC Floorball Challenge

On behalf of the BC Floorball Federation I wanted to acknowledge the fantastic support you have given us with the release today of your BC Floorball focused podcast!

We truly appreciate the work that went into this and the time you spent attending the tournament and recording the content. In my opinion you clearly have an exceptional talent for capturing the spirit and potential of the sport. Your podcast will really help
us reach out to people at the same time as being a first class marketing tool!

It is without hesitation that the BCFF would like to give you free honorary membership of the BC Floorball Federation. I will organize your membership card and package as soon as possible.

Thanks again for doing this, it is simply Awesome! (capitalized deliberately!)

Sincerely
Stewart Marshall
Secretary Treasurer
BC Floorball Federation

BC Floorball Tourney on HockeyNW’s Canucks Outsider podcast

In case you missed it, … a brand-shiny summer time Canucks Outsider podcast is up at HockeyNW.  This episode (#55) features my coverage of BC Floorball’s Challenge Tournament in West Vancouver a month or so ago.  Twas good fun watching the action as the Swiss crew thwacked the Canadians after a late night of drinking ;-).  International interviews with Swiss, Finns, Brits and Canucks.  Great sportsmanship and exciting action by veterans players and rookies alike.  It’s co-ed and cheap so check out the post for all the details.

Swiss Dominate BC Floorball Challenge – Canucks Outsider #55

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Photo of StewartThe Fossil” in action by Kris Krug (arted-up by Dave O)

Longboard Hockey League’s Chanley Cup Championship on the Sunshine Coast

As part of the Attack of Danger Bay longboard fest, the undefeated Chilliwack(ed) Meatheads will take on a All-Star team of LHL’ers including some of them ornrey looking dudes from North Shore Slashers. 

There is also a downhill race on Saturday and a slide comp on Saturday 8AM.  If you are in Vancouver, book a ferry ride and check it out – oh yeah, there is a parade too.  Who will hoist the Chanley Cup?  My money’s on King Brian.

Coast Longboarding says:

THIS YEARS LHL ALL-STARS ARE DETICATED LHL PLAYERS THAT TOP THE LEAUGE IN SCORING AND GAMES ATTENDED!!
HOODIE,
FENCE, WOLFMAN, GUFF, STRIKER, MEATBALL, STUMANCHU, STEVE LANG, SHADOW,
AND BLOOD GOAT… WILL TRY TO STOP THE POWER HOUSE MEATHEADS!!! THEY
ARE 10 WINS AND NO LOSES!!! CAN THE LHL ALL-STARS TAKE THEM?? COME OUT
TO WATCH THIS GAME SATURDAY MAY 19TH IN PENDER HARBOUR!!!

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Behind the Scenes with Crazy Canucks on Get Connected on CKNW

The Crazy Canucks crew (well, John, Rebecca, Dave) were guests on GetConnected Radio on CKNW (Chorus Radio Network or whatever) a week or two ago. While there, John set his recorder on the table to capture the between the takes banter with hosts Mike and Yolanda talking with us about the technical and creative backstory of making podcasts and publishing them out to the people. You can even hear Mike “hitting the button” in the 21st floor studio on a beauty Vancouver Saturday in the midst of playoff mania.

This raw segment is published with an intro by John as:
TCC#35 – The Crazy Canucks GetConnected interview

Or for your convenience, grab is here:
Crazy Canucks on CKNW
(24:38, .mp3)

And/or give it a listen right here:


photo by Drew Olson on Miss 604’s photostream

Read more:

Miss 604 – Get Connected With The Crazy Canucks

Audi Hertz – On the radio to talk about podcasting with GetConnected

Dave O talks to Mike on Get Connected

CKNW's dog
photos from Miss 604’s photostream

Vancouver Courier Newspaper article about the Canucks Outsider podcast

[Cross-posted from HockeyNW Vancouver Courier Newspaper Spreading the Canucks Outsider Mojo]

Vancouver Courier staff writer Mark Hasiak wrote a great article about the Canucks Outsider podcast and my history as a grassroots Canucks chronicler. The article breaks out a ton of references and anecdotes and really captures the vibe of what i/we are doing with the show and the international Canucks community.

Dan Toulgoet came by my office to take some snaps with me and some gear (including the obligatory headphones making my ears look like wee flaps). I hadn’t seen it yet when the CBC TV called today after seeing it and wanting to send a crew over – fun times for Canucks fans … and more to come tonight!

There’s a snippet below for your reading pleasure but be sure to visit VanCourier.com for the whole article (and again thanks for Mark and Dan for a pro-styley-work).

[UPDATE: The Vancouver Courier site moved their web presence so the original link at VanCourier.com no longer works. For archival purposes, I’ve included the complete article text via Archive.org version of the Courier arcticle.

Dave Olson is stoked about the Canucks and raring to podcast.

Photo-Dan Toulgoet

Hockey night in Canuck land a hit with overseas audiences

By Mark Hasiuk-Staff writer

As local fans catch Canucks fever, Dave Olson is connecting with faraway fans around the world who don’t want to miss out on this year’s playoff run.

During the team’s last run to the final in 1994, the 36-year-old North Vancouver resident recognized a need for an information source for far-flung Canucks fans.

“I was living in Tottori, Japan as a mushroom farmer, so I missed all the Canucks coverage,” said Olson, who bills himself as the Canucks Outsider. “Although I could see the box score in the paper, I didn’t have that feeling and camaraderie with the rest of Canucks Nation.”

Two years ago, Olson decided to offer a podcast, or recorded audio monologue, on his website. Recorded at his home using his personal computer, the podcast recaps Canucks games and provides general information on the team’s progress.

Averaging 20 minutes in length, the podcast has grown in popularity, and Olson regularly attracts up to 1,000 listeners in countries like Japan, China, Australia, the United Kingdom and Denmark, who download free versions from his website or from iTunes.

Olson, a marketing coordinator for a Vancouver software company, is a longtime producer of fan-based media.

“I’ve been doing grassroots Canucks media since I was a kid, writing little Xerox newsletters and distributing them around my neighbourhood,” he said. His oldest-and most prophetic-newsletter was written in 1979 and details former Canucks GM Jake Milford’s first scouting trip to Sweden.

He said the positive reaction he received from the podcast prompted him to stage live videocasts from his office’s employee lounge during this year’s playoffs.

While he doesn’t show the Canucks television broadcast, Olson and a rotating panel of guests-mainly friends and local hockey enthusiasts-provide typical “living room” commentary about the game and discuss topics like Trevor Linden’s peaks and valleys, the 1982 and 1994 playoff runs and the whereabouts of former Canuck tough guy Gino Odjick. Olson also showcases his collection of Canucks memorabilia, including a Pit Martin hockey card and the Canucks Family Cookbook from 1981 that contains a perogie recipe from Stan Smyl’s mother.

“It’s not exactly Don Cherry, but we goof around and add a little Wayne’s World flavour to it,” said Olson, adding that his audience includes many multitasking local fans who use his videocast as a complement to television broadcasts. Viewers also join the discussion by chatting online.

Olson said his wife, a Florida native, was caught off guard by his puck passion-but she has learned to share her man with the Canucks.

“When we first got together, I told her she would never be number two-she’ll be tied for number one,” said Olson. “And over time she has turned into a pretty big Canucks fan.”

Olson staged a videocast last Tuesday during Game 4 of the Canucks/Ducks second round series, and he hopes to chronicle a Canucks playoff run that ends with a Stanley Cup championship this June.

For more information, see www.hockeynw.com.

published on 05/02/2007

Read the rest of “Hockey Night in Canuck land a hit with overseas audiences” … But here’s one more quote which sums up the Canucks Outsider Live shows perfectly,

While he doesn’t show the Canucks television broadcast, Olson and a rotating panel of guests-mainly friends and local hockey enthusiasts-provide typical “living room” commentary about the game and discuss topics like Trevor Linden’s peaks and valleys, the 1982 and 1994 playoff runs and the whereabouts of former Canuck tough guy Gino Odjick. Olson also showcases his collection of Canucks memorabilia, including a Pit Martin hockey card and the Canucks Family Cookbook from 1981 that contains a perogie recipe from Stan Smyl’s mother.”

Watching Canucks Playoffs the Barefoot Grey-Market Way

With playoff season upon us, i remember 1994 when i was in Japan eager for info as the ‘Nucks came tantilizingly close to victory.  This was before Internet for the common person and beyond the realm of TV coverage (aside from some wee high-lights via satellite after hours of sumo, cricket and baseball highlights).

Get on the Canucks Outsider bus for the Playoffs

Anyhow,  this post has proved handy in the past if only to pass folks along to more actually handy info about working around the technical logistics of getting the games whereever in Canucks nation you happen to be – and will likely come in handy for the author who is Malta-bound (though i suspect he has a Slingbox plan in mind).

{re-posted from Watching Canucks, the Barefoot way}

Darren Barefoot, Canucks fan and (heh) “A”-list blogger posted a great nugget of info for those who must MacGyver their way to watch the games, especially those pesky East coast tilts whilst trapped at  place of toil.

Checkout his article for the whole low-down about How to Watch Canucks Games Over the Web (snippet follows):

Tonight is the Canucks’ sixth game of the season, and the first of 17 pay-per-view games. I usually go out to a bar to watch the PPV games, but tonight I’m feeling a bit under the weather. I couldn’t actually pay to watch the games at home because I don’t use one of the Canucks’ enabled television providers. Coincidentally, a, uh, alternative means of watching the game came across my virtual transom.

I’m pretty sure this is illegal, but, you know, I’ve given the Canucks a lot of money over the years. As such, I don’t feel particularly bad about it.

Indeed.  Enjoy and if you have tips or triumphs, post ’em below in the comments.

C’est le Toque!!! Canucks Outsider Live Vidcasts at Hockey NW

Yup, just as planned … the chat worked and the CANUCKS win! What a thriller! You couldn’t script it any better! The city is abuzz as neighbours took to the sidewlaks and corners to wave flags, honk horns and holler for their heroes.

Get the whole recap at: C’est le Toque!!! Canucks beat Stars in Seven!

Tune in for the next round of freewheeling, goodtime, hockey fun via: Canucks Outsider Live

Canucks Outsider Live -20070423-26

Taking Game One of Round Two off but we’ll be back in action for the weekend – possibly at a fine establishment. Ideas? Must have a table, much beer and fast wi-fi.

Ron and Don at SLC winter games with dav'es fuzzy hat
CBC’s Don Cherry and Ron Maclean talking to Joe Nieuwendyk’s brother, Gilles, while Coach Cherry wears daveo’s fuzzy hat after Canada vs Czech Republic (3-3) at 2002 SLC Winter Olympics. The hat was featured on the Coaches Corner Intro video montage for the following 2 seasons. [Olympic Photo Journal]

See also:

Game 6 Alive for the Playoffs Wrap-up and Thanks

The Crazy Canucks #32 – Taking Dallas down in the first round

Canucks Outsider Live Game 6 rocked. Game 7 here we come!

 

 

 

The Crazy Canucks Podcasters on CTV News

The Crazy Canucks on CTV News

Damn my playoff beard is looking good!

Olympic Outsider podcast available in iTunes

Olympic Outsider podcast available in iTunes

Olympic Outsider podcast host

The Olympic Outsider podcast is available via iTunes for your convenience.

 

Ergo: Your podcast, located at: http://feeds.feedburner.com/olympicoutsider/, has been approved. You should expect to see it in iTunes within the next few hours. When it’s available, you will be able to access it with the URL below.

Winter Olympic Outsider Podcast

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=214752009