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Shots on Goal: Canucks Launch a Rocket, Beat Leafs

Shots on Goal: Canucks Launch a Rocket, Beat Leafs

So after a lengthy conversation (read 3 text messages), it was decided I should write my own copy to the images I create.

Heaven help us all.

First off, I am not a writer.  I believe capitalization should be optional and three periods not only encompass a regulation hockey game, but also link thoughts and sentences together.

English majors may want to look away now – or just check out the pictures.

This is my second year shooting for InGoal Magazine, so every time I step into a hockey arena, I feel blessed for the opportunity I’m given.  I will never take this for granted.

November 2, 2013 found me at Rogers Arena, preparing to shoot the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Vancouver Canucks.  Before the game however, the Canucks planned to raise Pavel Bure’s #10 to the rafters.  I needed to get shots of this.  How often does one get the opportunity to cover a rocket launch?  Exactly.

The calm before the storm.

The calm before the storm.

Always a good time when these folks are in town!

If you weren’t there, I hope you watched on TV.  It was a fantastic ceremony and a nostalgic look back at the electrifying career of one of the most talented Canucks to ever lace the skates.  It is more than fitting that Bure now resides high above ice level, beside Smyl, Linden and Naslund.

Vancouver Canuck GM Mike Gillis addresses the crowd while introducing Pavel Bure


Pavel Bure thanks friends, family and the fans for support through the years.

…still thankful!

With the ceremony out of the way, Rogers Arena, as to be expected, was rocking.  The crowd, loud and boisterous an, the Canucks obviously jacked up on rocket fuel.   Vancouver took the game to the Leafs, out shooting them 11-0 and leading 1-0 before the game was nine minutes old.  Only James Reimer kept the score from being run up.  I counted no less than four amazing saves in the first three minutes alone.  It took a bank shot off the rear end of Daniel Sedin to break the goose-eggs.

Cross crease pad save to rob Higgins of a goal

Backside pass, nothing but net.

The only push back from the Leafs came in the form of some chippy play and a couple of fights.  The Colton Orr / Tom Sestito bout was particularly memorable.  I call it a draw.

I consider this a 3 round fight.

Final Score 4-0 Canucks.  Luongo with 21 saves for the shutout.  Reimer ended the night with 43 saves on 47 attempts.

Luongo with 21 saves for the shutout

This day though, belonged to the Russian Rocket, Pavel Bure.

#10.  Forever A Canuck.

Pavel Bure commemorative booklet given to those in attendance.

Pavel Bure, Forever a Canuck.


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  1. Ramsay

    Thanks for sharing these great pictures.

  2. Ian Wotherspoon Phoenix

    Yes, I agree with what Ramsay said: “Thanks for sharing these great pictures.” I would like to add that the writer did a wonderful job in supplying us with the nitty-gritty details of this historic night in Vancouver. I wasn’t there and I didn’t get to see the game but I would’ve like to have seen it…the fans must’ve gone crazy.

    • Clint

      Thanks folks! – Ian, yes, the fans went nuts. The game was amazing. That atmosphere doesn’t happen all that often. Was great to be a part of it!