Interview: CBC’s Shane Foxman and Karin Larsen sit down to talk about the return of Seeking Stanley.

During last season’s grueling run to the Stanley Cup Finals a new post game show was born at CBC Vancouver called Seeking Stanley. The show, featuring hosts Shane Foxman and Karin Larsen, returns for another playoff run and will begin this Saturday, March 3rd following Hockey Night in Canada’s After Hours. The original airings will be a half hour show running from 10:30 to 11:00pm and promises to give Canucks fans extra coverage of things they normally don’t see on the highlights each evening.

We had chance to chat to Shane and Karin about the show, the social media components to it and what fans can expect from this year’s show.

CanucksCorner.com: Like the Canucks, Seeking Stanley on CBC had a long run in last year’s playoffs. This year you are starting things a little earlier, so what can we expect for this year’s season of the program and why the earlier start this year?

KL: The earlier start is due to a perfect storm of scheduling of the Canucks on Hockey Night in Canada. Seeking Stanley has always piggy backed off “the big show”, using the resources (cameras, video feeds, personnel) that Hockey Night has in place. Plus after an eight and a half month absence, it made sense to get the show out there early to remind people.

Seeking Stanley’s primary objective is to provide bonus Canucks TV coverage, take the viewer behind the scenes, in the dressing room, coaches presser etc. Whereas Hockey Night is a national show that covers the games from a much broader perspective – we only care about the Canucks and our aim is to bring that local story to the BC fans.

CanucksCorner.com: I think it’s safe to say that most fans were exhausted by the end of the finals last year. Can the same be said for the media, who may not be as emotionally invested, but certainly face hectic schedules as part of their job?

SF: Absolutely. By the time we got to the Stanley Cup Final we were exhausted. It wasn’t the 14 hour days, it was the travel. Leave the rink in Boston at 1 am… you need to unwind…flight for Vancouver leaves at 6 am (You have to get up at 4). Not complaining though, it was an unbelievable experience.

CanucksCorner.com: Have you ever thought of having a social media component on the show? Perhaps have some local bloggers and Twitter personalities participate in a social media roundtable with the hosts?

KL: We hadn’t thought of that specific application of social media in the show. We will have a social media twitter component in the show this year. It’s still being worked out and will probably evolve as the show progresses.

CanucksCorner.com: Sticking with social media for a bit, have you considered holding a live “Tweetup” taping for Seeking Stanley or perhaps something like a town forum environment?

KL: A tweetup may be in our future. One of the reasons we hosted a media and blogger launch on Wednesday is because we recognize the importance of social media to engage and interact with our audience. Social media, particularly Twitter, is flooded with Canucks posts all the time and when there’s a game, the Canucks and hockey related keywords are consistently trending. It’s what people are talking about. We want to make sure we are a big part of that online experience.

CanucksCorner.com: Will the show be active during games and post game on Twitter and Facebook? Fans should follow the hashtag #SeekingStanley, correct?

SF: Yes, as far as the Hashtag goes we’ll be using #seekingstanley, and yes, we will be active on twitter during the games and during Seeking Stanley. We want to be as interactive as we can.

CanucksCorner.com: Last season, Cliff Ronning was a guest on Seeking Stanley. Will he be back or will you incorporate more Canucks alumni this season?

SF: Cliff Ronning will be back. Not only can Cliff tell us what it is like “in the room”, he also was part of the Canucks’ magical 1994 run. He knows what it’s like to play in game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. That perspective is invaluable.

CanucksCorner.com: What makes Seeking Stanley different from other Canucks focused shows?

SF: Access. Because the games are broadcast on Hockey Night in Canada, it gives us a great opportunity to take viewers were they seldom get to go. In the locker room, but not just for a 10 second sound bite of a player… we will let the viewers see and hear the entire conversation between reporters and players… we run the coaches’ post game news conferences in their entirety, so viewers feel like they are in the room.

CanucksCorner.com: Finally, a prediction: Will the Canucks finally find Stanley, after seeking for all these years?

KL: As a born and raised Vancouverite, dear god I hope so.

SF: If not this year, when?

Our thanks to Karin Larsen and Shane Foxman for chatting with us about Seeking Stanley.

When: Following every Canucks Saturday HNIC broadcast and Canucks playoff games, starting March 3rd at 10:30pm

Where: CBC, CBCHD in BC.

Website: http://www.cbc.ca/bc/features/seeking-stanley/#igImgId_27450

Twitter Hashtag: #SeekingStanley Follow: @CBCVancouver

The Rematch: Version 2.0

The two combatants from the 2011 Stanley Cup Final meet up for the one and only time this current season. The Vancouver Canucks made their way to the TD Garden in Boston to try and get some redemption in a building that they did not perform well during their visits of last June. This wasn’t for the Stanley Cup, but it was for pride and more so, a little revenge. The Canucks had to come out with a lot more gusto than they did in their previous meetings.

Canucks back in June with a 4-0 defeat at TD Garden during the SFC.- Photo Credit: CTV.ca

After the Stanley Cup Final, many of the Canucks critics brought up the team lacked some testicular fortitude and did not fight back the Big, Bad Bruins. They were criticized that their game wasn’t suited to win a cup (Oh really? Detroit, anyone?) This game would be a measuring stick to see what the Canucks have learned from their Stanley Cup experience in June.

The game itself was more than what many expected between these two teams. The atmosphere at TD Garden was electric. The Bruins and the Canucks entertained the crowd present, the ones watching on TV and I couldn’t keep up with my twitter feed to save my life and that was only the first period! There were fights, lots of chirping and even an ejection (later on rescinded).

The Canucks won this contest, but it seems they will never win the respect of other NHL fans, some media and others around the league, no matter what they do.

Hamhuis and the Canucks win in Beantown. -Photo Credit: Times Colonist

The Good

• Well it’s safe to say winning the game was a great way to leave Boston, since this team hasn’t done so very much in recent memory. A task that is definitely easier said than done.
• The power play accounting for all the goals. The biggest problem for the Canucks during the final series was they weren’t drawing the penalties, even the obvious ones, so they couldn’t put their power play to work.
• Cody Hodgson had one hell of a game. I really see a lot of good things coming from this kid, and I only see him growing. That Calder trophy race is starting to look more like Cody could seriously be a part of it.
• The Canucks out hit the Bruins 24 to 17 in the contest. A stat that many out there thought they would be beaten. Keith Ballard led the way with four hits, giving Alain Vigneault more reason not to bench him.
• The “push back”. Although the Canucks aren’t exactly the most ‘physical’ team in the league, they showed they weren’t going to be pushed around and off their game.

The Bad
• The blue line, for some reason, with the exception of Ballard and Alberts, seemed a little off today. Bieksa looking disinterested in that Marchand play resulting in a goal. Edler looked horrible on the non-call icing play that resulted in a Peverley goal.
• The second period. I am not sure what it is about this Canucks team and their seemingly troubled middle stanza. I always make a joke about the Canucks taking their “second period siesta”, but that didn’t change in this very important game.
• Playing to the whistle. You’d think the Canucks would learn by now that they aren’t going to get the calls a lot of the times that they should, so why stop playing until you actually know what the call is going to be? Pay attention to the game boys.

The Ugly or at times, The Confusing

• The first period melee between the two teams when Thornton decided to go after Burrows whom I’m assuming chirped at the Bruins bench with undoubtedly some ‘choice words ‘ words. It resulted in Milan Lucic jumping in, being thrown out of a game and left the Canucks with very few forwards to be eligible on the ice for a good amount of time.
• The Sedins on a penalty killing shift. I know it wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t very pretty and in all honestly, I was a little nervous. The Sedins? Killing penalties?
• The clipping play of Brad Marchand on Sami Salo. Sami Salo of all people! We, as a fan base, have bets, which game he is going to be injured or if he will injure himself in the off-season. He didn’t need to be helped with a dirty play like that.

The game lived up to all the hype that happened prior through the media, the fans, and the crazy twitter feuds between both fan bases. It had everything and then some. It had all the fixings for a great serving of “hockey gumbo” but the biggest thing that has confused this blogger and social media enthusiast was…why wasn’t it on a marquee time slot and nationally televised in both Canada and the United States? CBC? NBC? WTH?

The Canucks got some pay back, the Bruins were still big, bad and bullying, but who outside the two regions really got a good look at it? I guess we’ll have to see if these two teams meet again in the finals.
Justine Galo

Twitter: @Aviewfromabroad

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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Round Two schedule posted.

The schedule for round two has been finalized. The Canucks first two games at home will begin at 6:00pm, forcing many to have to race to the game or to home to watch the puck drop. Ahh, don’t you love catering to the East?

Thursday, April 30 at Vancouver, 6:00 p.m. CBC, VERSUS
Saturday, May 2 at Vancouver, 6:00 p.m. CBC, VERSUS
Tuesday, May 5 at Chicago, 5:00 p.m. CBC, VERSUS
Thursday, May 7 at Chicago, 5:00 p.m. CBC, VERSUS
*Saturday, May 9 at Vancouver, 7:30 p.m CBC, VERSUS
*Monday, May 11 at Chicago, 6:00 p.m. CBC, VERSUS (JIP)
*Thursday, May 14 at Vancouver, TBD CBC, VERSUS

Jimmy steps up: Canuck/Blues will be in HD

A small furor erupted amongst tech crazy Canucks fans this morning when it was revealed the CBC would not be broadcasting the games in St. Louis in high definition. The reasoning was mostly logistics, and with the crown corporation only having two HD trucks, one back east and one in Vancouver, travel time did not work out for getting a truck to St. Louis.

Rather than rent a truck, CBC decided to save the money and broadcast the St. Louis games in standard definition. They no doubt received a lot of complaints about that decision.

Late this afternoon it was announced that Save On Foods and the Overwaitea Foods Group were stepping up to sponsor these away games so that the games could be broadcast in HD.

“We would like to thank Save-On-Foods for their support,” said Scott Moore, executive director of CBC Sports. “We are now able to better service the passionate fans in Vancouver and across the country.”

The skeptic in me has to wonder if this even would have been an issue if this series involved the CBC’s beloved Maple Leafs.

Regardless, HDTV snobs like myself thank Jimmy Pattison!