The Lighter Side of Luongo

Determined and competitive; Work-horse and driven; Aloof and intense. All adjectives to describe one Roberto Luongo. More often than not, his tenure here in Vancouver has the majority of the public and media alike thinking that Roberto takes life way too seriously and often his game to the point that his intensity and desire to win tend to harm his play rather than help it. Maybe they’re right, perhaps his very competitive nature and focus is a little too much for us average fans and media geeks can fathom.  After all, what the heck do we know about being professional athletes? In theory we know everything, in reality, not so much.

Over the last couple of months, many of us around the nation got to see a ‘lighter side’ of Roberto Luongo.  On TSN, he shared his poetic skills and some humour.  He even wrote for foreword in James Duthie’s new book.  This was something none of us knew about Roberto, and most likely something we never expected. Why would we? He took his job and criticism too seriously, or so we thought.

When Luongo didn’t show up for winning first star in a game the Canucks won not too long ago and not grant Murph a post game interview, some of us made a big deal about it, he was way too intense.  Some out there even decided it was rather ‘diva’-like of him to stand up the crowd the way he did. Was it? Yeah maybe a little, but wouldn’t you be pissed off that you were just a few seconds away from perfection and someone else botched it up for you? I’m not sure about everyone else, but I’d be livid. But then again, like Roberto, I am a bit of a perfectionist.

The one thing that has gotten my attention and the attention of the wise, is the humour and wit Roberto Luongo has inserted in his pre/post game interviews about his play. He’s been brilliantly funny by poking fun of himself and enjoying his time as just one of the guys and not being Captain Canuck. He has kept his critics laughing instead of pointing fingers at his mistakes and his ‘aloofness’. He has even joined in publicly with some remarks about his teammate in the ribbing sense. When he referred to Lee Sweatt as “built like a fire hydrant”, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. He has been not only entertaining, but you can see a more relaxed Roberto Luongo who is far more comfortable to have people see him as human.

So he has been able to open up a bit more and show us a more humanistic side of himself and be more open and take more responsibility for his play. So why do so many out there still bash him? I’m not sure to be honest, but I for one have been very happy with his play so far this year, and his demeanor. On top of all the fun stuff, Roberto Luongo has played very well and stolen a few games for the boys as of late. What more could you ask in your number one goalie?  So what I ask is, if Roberto Luongo has lightened up, why can’t his critics?


Justine Galo

Edler injury a pain in the back for Canucks.

Alex Edler: Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty ImagesThe Canucks were hoping the all-star break would be all that was needed to resolve the back “spasms” defenseman Alex Edler was suffering from. But the news today was not good for the Canucks most effective weapon on the blueline, as he will undergo micro discectomy surgery to repair his ailing back. How much time Edler will be out of the lineup is not known, but it won’t be anytime soon.

“After consultation with our physicians it was decided that surgery was the best course of action,” said Canucks GM Mike Gillis.  “The best long term decision for Alex and our hockey club was to have the surgery immediately.”

The best case scenario seems to be a anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months for a return to the lineup.

The injury will no doubt cast all eyes on Sami Salo once again, who is attempting to return from a torn Achilles tendon injury and has been practicing with the team for some time. Salary cap issues were also  clouding his return to the lineup, with salary having to be cleared to make room for the offensive defenseman’s return.

But with the recent rash of injuries on the blueline and what is looking to be a long term injury to Edler, that hurdle may be cleared, and all that is needed for Salo to return could be a clean bill of health.

Here’s hoping for a quick recovery and return for Edler.

Mashable Awards: Canucks social media efforts are worth your vote!

In today’s age of social media and the popularity of forums such as Twitter and Facebook, it’s important for businesses and individuals that market themselves to get on board and make use of these popular tools. The Vancouver Canucks have made a concentrated effort to build their brand through social media and have a devoted following on both platforms. With contests and events such as “Tweetups” or great ideas like online scavenger hunts, the Canucks have engaged their fan base and built on their already strong brand in the process.

The club has also used the social media community, partnering with quality independent bloggers and building relationships with them.

At the time this was posted the organization had 39,566 followers on Twitter, and 233,972 “Likes” on their Facebook page.

A site called Mashable is the top source for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture. With more than 30 million monthly page views, Mashable is the most prolific news site reporting breaking web news, providing analysis of trends, reviewing new Web sites and services, and offering social media resources and guides.

Mashable is currently holding its 4th annual Mashable Awards and you can nominate the Canucks in the category of  “Must Follow Brand”. Need more inspiration to do so? Last year, the Chicago Blackhawks took top honours in the equivalent category. Now, we’re not going to let the happen again are we Canucks Nation?

Here is the link to vote/nominate the Vancouver Canucks. Just click the link, sign in with your Twitter or Facebook account and you will be able to cast your vote!

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In Case You Missed It: The Sedins On The Hour

This is a little bit of old news, but Daniel and Henrik Sedin recently appeared on the popular CBC talk show “The Hour” hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos. It’s a nice interview and the twins talk about their careers, their fondness for Vancouver, and what it’s like to play hockey in a Canadian city. I thought it would be nice to post it here for people to enjoy.

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Come Up With A Round Two Twitter Hashtag And Win A Signed Canucks Stick

Round two of the playoffs is on the way and once again the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks are going to do battle to see who will advance to the conference finals in the west.

Blogger Trevor Presiloski of the Internet Trashcan came up with the idea to hold a contest on Twitter to come up with the best #hashtag for the series.

Hashtags by definition are used to create real time track records of creating groups on Twitter. Placing the # sign in front of keywords or targeted groups, makes it easier to track all conversations in the twitter timeline via search.

The Canucks have jumped on board and will provide a team signed stick for whatever hashtag is voted the best one via a poll on Canucks.com. The winning hashtag will become the official Canucks/Blackhawks hashtag for the series.

Last year the hashtag #blackhawkdown was used frequently. Add your hashtag on twitter and address it to @VanCanucks. The top five will be chosen and added to a poll, where the winning tag will be picked and that person will win the signed stick!

Good luck everyone! Share this post on Twitter and Facebook and let’s see what you can come up with!

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