PAVEL BURE: MR. EXCITING

Jason Gregor
November 13 2012 11:13AM

The first time I saw Pavel Bure was at Northlands (now Rexall Place) when he played against Canada's under-17 Team Pacific. I was in the building watching my brother Colin play for Canada, but two minutes into the game Bure stood out. I remember literally hating the Russians before the game started, however, as the game went on I couldn't take my eyes of off Bure. 

I'd never seen a player skate like him. After the game Colin and I talked about how ridiculously fast and explosive Bure was. My brother was an excellent skater, when he went to NHL camps he was one of the quickest, but he said Bure was on a different level. His first few steps were the quickest I'd ever seen, and he was so fast it seemed he could accelerate even when skating laterally. I was 14 years old when I saw Bure for the first time, and it wasn't until four years later that he surfaced again in the NHL. When he joined the Canucks he was even more exciting than I recalled that cold night at Northlands.

Bure was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday, a few years too late if you ask me, and during his highlight reel I pondered if I'd seen a more exciting player in the last 30 years. I'm not suggesting Bure was better than Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux, of course not, but as a pure electrifying and dazzling player, there are few who could compare.

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THEO PECKHAM SIGNS IN ECHL

Jason Gregor
November 06 2012 09:50AM

Theo Peckham needs to play, and yesterday he made the decision to suit up for the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL. With the NHL and NHLPA finally meeting again there is a glimmer of hope that the NHL might be playing by December 1st, and if that's the case, Peckham needed to play some games.

With Andy Sutton out another two months with an injury, Peckham will battle Corey Potter for the #6 spot on the Oilers blueline, when/if the season resumes. Potter has been playing in Vienna for over a month already and I think Peckham realized he needs to get playing so when camp starts he's in game shape.

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CHRIS NILAN TALKS OPENLY ABOUT HIS STRUGGLES

Jason Gregor
November 01 2012 10:50AM

The Last Gladiators is a documentary about hockey, but it focuses mainly on former NHLer Chris Nilan. The film is honest, funny, realistic and heartbreaking. Nilan talks openly about his career, his drug and alcohol addiction as well as his upbringing with an abusive father. It is currently playing in Edmonton at Movies 12 at 5074 137 avenue.

There was an advance screening in Edmonton a few weeks back and after the movie I spoke with Nilan. After a Q and A with the audience he agreed to do an interview about the movie. He was just as candid in the interview as he was in the movie. I didn't omit any of his responses and the following interview is just a small sample of what you'll see in theatres.

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DUBNYK TALKS CBA, LUONGO AND NEEDING TO PLAY

Jason Gregor
October 31 2012 12:54PM

While Justin Schultz is one of the biggest benefactors of this lockout, Devan Dubnyk might be one of the biggest losers. He just signed a two-year extension with the hopes he'd have the opportunity to prove he can be a #1 goalie. The lockout has been a massive roadblock in those plans thus far, and I wonder if being the Oilers' PA representative makes it even more frustrating for him.

I caught up with Dubnyk and got his thoughts on the CBA, being the Oilers representative, the Roberto Luongo rumours and how he is trying to keep his goaltending skills sharp.

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DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE: EDITION XVI

Jason Gregor
October 29 2012 01:01PM

Another weekend without the NHL and many of you have continued to go on living. Crazy, I know, but it seems the NHL is more interested/concerned about the Winter Classic than actually negotiating you should get used to no-NHL weekends.

There is however lots of hockey related and other sports topics to discuss.

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