With the need for young blood in Calgary to keep their glimmer of a playoff chance alive, Lance Bouma has been called up to the show from the Abbotsford Heat. Lance Bouma is from the Alberta area and is a favourite of Brent Sutter. He is a great two way player and has had a very modest season with the Heat, putting up 11 goals, 19 assists, and 49 penalty minutes in 49 games so far this season. The former Vancouver Giant will take the spot of the freshly retired Craig Conroy.
Let’s be honest, Luongo is a great goalie, but Cory Schneider is the future. Clearly, as seen in the postseason, the coaches and management have more faith in Schneider – all that is left to decide is where Luongo will end up.
Up against the forces of bouncing pucks, untimely goals, and the Toronto Marlies, the Heat fell in five games, leading into an offseason that promises as much change as experienced in their record-setting year.
The Abbotsford Heat came out of a weekend series against the Oklahoma City Barons with a single point out of a possible four.
While Sedin could return in just a few games, and be no worse for wear in a best-case scenario, it’s worth taking a moment to consider what kind of chances the team has if he’s out long-term.
So apparently, there was some announcement the Sunday before last. It was about some hockey player who’s apparently kind of good. Apparently, he played a game the day after that announcement.
It’s probably not the most obvious time to look back at the year that was, but with The Cascade running a best of 2011 list for almost every category on the planet, it feels fitting to take a moment to look back at what the year meant for Canucks fans.
On a night filled with caroling children, Santa Claus dress-ups, and the annual Teddy Bear Toss for charity, the Heat didn’t go home cheery after an undisciplined 3-1 loss to the Texas Stars.
Canada has long been the home of predominate players in the NHL: we’ve produced the Great One, Sid the Kid, the Rocket, and so many more. However, this tradition may soon be diminished, as leagues across Canada have begun to intercede in game play in the name of safety. Following an increasing trend, the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association (PCAHA) made the decision to ban body checking in every tier for ages 5-19 outside of the representative—highest—league.
The Abbotsford Heat were out for vengeance after Friday night's 3-1 defeat at the hands of the visiting Texas Stars, and obtained it with a 3-2 shootout win on Saturday.