Duck Hunt

duck huntingThe Canucks are back on the ice to continue their season post all-star break as they play host to Ryan Kesler and the Anaheim Ducks.  The Canucks (26-16-3) finished off their road trip in a losing effort against the Tampa Bay Lightning a week ago and will look to avoid two straight losses against the Ducks, who currently lead the league with 68 points.

Life without Kevin Bieksa begins tonight as the defenceman underwent successful hand surgery and will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks. In his place is 21 year old Frank Corrado who now has the opportunity to showcase his talent and reliability on the defensive end.

Brad Richardson will miss his third straight game due to a lower body injury. As a result, Zack Kassian will lace the skates and will have to prove to everyone that he deserves to stay on this team. Kassian’s name has been mentioned in trade talks for the last month and according to reports, he won’t remain a Canuck post-deadline.

Ryan Miller will start his fifth consecutive game tonight. Thus far, he is 4-3 with a 1.59 GAA and a 94.7 save percentage in January. The Canucks are 1-0-2 in their season series against the Ducks.

Puck drop is set for 7pm.

Bobby Singh visits Spice Radio

IMG_20150119_182415_1Former BC Lion Bobby Singh was in studio to talk with the Spice Radio crew earlier this week. Singh took us back to his playing days at the University of Hawaii and illustrated his journey throughout his professional football career in the NFL and CFL.

Born in Fiji, Singh came to Vancouver at the young age of two and went to school in Richmond. Growing up it was clear he was a unique individual, not simply for his size, but his talent and dedication to becoming an athlete was unlike any other.

To say he had an illustrious career would be an understatement, as he is the only player to have won an XFL Championship, a Super Bowl and a Grey Cup. Singh played for the St. Louis Rams during his NFL stint and the Los Angeles Xtreme during his time in the XFL.

In addition to his work on the field, Singh has played an integral role off the field when it comes to his community work. His Down-Set-Hut camps held hands-on workshops for over 200 kids, teaching them the fundamentals and values of being an athlete. He has participated in anti-gang violence campaigns and is known for his motivating speeches to up and coming stars in the local sports market.

 “I’m giving back to a community that has done so much for me. I don’t see myself as a role-model; I just enjoy being a positive influence. Since I moved here from a young age I knew that I’ll be organizing programs and campaigns that assist future athletes.”

Singh was one of the few athletes that was able to bring his skills from the NFL into the CFL. When asked how the leagues differ, it was clear from his perspective that the NFL is well beyond any other league.IMG_20150119_173102_1

 “When I came to the NFL and started practicing I was blown away at the speed in which they all played. It was faster than our college games. The athletes in the NFL are world-class; simply put, it’s a much faster game.”

Following his NFL career Singh went on to play in the CFL. In 2003 he was named as a finalist for the CFL’s Outstanding Canadian Award and CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award. In 2005 when he sported the orange and black, he was nominated for Outstanding Lineman and then went on to win the Grey Cup with the Leos in 2006.

“The Grey cup was the most rewarding championship for me. To do it for an organization that I looked up to for so many years as I was growing up is special. Throughout my childhood I always wanted to play for the Lions and as I reflect, the Grey Cup was definitely one that stands out for sure.”

While his priorities were on the football field in the past, his existing schedule places football near the bottom of the list. Singh is a family man, with a wife and kids, his main priorities are taking care of his family. Although it’s a different lifestyle, the importance of family was exemplified during his playing days.

 “Football taught me a lot about family. Not just blood family, but my teammates. Through thick and thin I went through everything with them, whether they were things I was dealing with on or off the field. My coaches and teammates are my brothers and it’s a privilege to look back and reflect on the journey.”

Expect Singh to continue contributing to the local community and lending a helping hand to future athletes. After our conversation with the champ, it’s clear that he’s a great football player, but even a better individual.

Canucks finish off the road trip against the Lightning

tampaAfter coming off a victory against the Panthers last night the Canucks are back in action as they wrap up their road trip against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s the final game before the All-star break and you can bet the club would love to go into the break on a winning note.  The Canucks (26-15-3) sit in sixth in the Western Conference with 55 points and with a win tonight will trail the Winnipeg Jets by a single point.

The Canucks are 3-1 on the road trip and will finish off against one of the elite teams in the NHL. The Lightning (29-14-4), led by Steven Stamkos, lead the Atlantic division with 62 points. The Bolts are 18-4-1 this season at home and will look to make it eight straight in their own building.

Brad Richardson remains sidelined with a lower body injury and Eddie Lack is under the weather so expect Ryan Miller to get the start between the pipes. Miller’s career-best scoreless streak ended at 200:45 against the Panthers.

Following tonight’s tilt the Canucks have some time off before they host the Anaheim Ducks on January 27th

Puck drop is at 4:30pm

 

Canucks are in South Beach to take on Roberto Luongo and the Panthers

bc-hkn-canucks-panthers-2n-jpgThe Vancouver Canucks make a visit to South Beach for a rematch against Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers. Last time these two clubs met it was an emotional return for Luongo who played in Rogers Arena for the first time since he was traded. Luongo stole the show and the Canucks played one of their worst games of the season. Tonight the club hopes for a different outcome and will look to extend their winning streak to three games.

The Panthers (20-13-10) have lost four straight at home and are sitting in ninth with 50 points in the Eastern Conference. The Canucks (25-15-3) are in the seventh slot with 53 points, with the Flames and Kings hot on their trail. The Canucks are 2-1 on the road trip that wraps up tomorrow in Tampa Bay.

Brad Richardson sustained a lower body injury against the Hurricanes and looks to be out of the lineup tonight. This means Zack Kassian will come down from the press box and lace the skates. He has been a healthy scratch for the last two games.

Expect Ryan Miller to get the start for the Canucks. Miller is coming off consecutive shutouts against the Flyers and Hurricanes. The Canucks have gone 122:21 without allowing a goal.

It’s the final meeting between Luongo and the Canucks this season.  Puck drops at 4:30pm

 

Canucks battle the Canes

canucks-celebrateThe Vancouver Canucks will look to win back-to-back games tonight when they visit Carolina to take on the Hurricanes. Secondary scoring has been an issue for this team but they’re going into tonight’s tilt with a bit more confidence after the offensive explosion against the Flyers.

The defensive group will get a big boost as Dan Hamhuis returns to the lineup after being sidelined for 22 games with a groin injury. He automatically makes this team better with his composed style of play while providing stability for the defence. Since last night went better than expected expect Kassian to remain a healthy scratch tonight.

The Canes find themselves near the bottom of the standings sitting 15th in the Eastern Conference with 33 points. Although the Canucks played last night it’s an opportunity for the club to take advantage of a weaker team and gain two more points on the road trip. This will mark the third game in the five game road trip. Following tonight’s match the Canucks will have the weekend off before they visit Roberto Luongo in South Beach on Monday.

It’s an early start as puck drops at 4pm.

 

Canucks look to snap a losing streak against the Flyers

flyersThe Vancouver Canucks will try to snap a three game losing streak as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers in the City of Brotherly Love.  After starting off the trip with a loss against the Predators the Canucks now find themselves in the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference.  Considering how tight the race is and will be for the rest of the season, every point is crucial if the Canucks plan to make the playoffs.

The confidence is low and the scoring drought is painful to watch and it seems that if the Canucks are down by a goal the team is not able to come together and muster up any consistent offence. Mentally they’re broken down and tonight they have a chance to take advantage of a struggling Flyers squad.

Secondary scoring continues to be an issue for this team. Chris Higgins and Nick Bonino worked well together earlier in the year but the duo have not been able to contribute on the offensive end for some time. Chris Higgins has played 8 games without a goal and he along with Kassian, Burrows and Higgins have been slumping of late.

The Canucks will try to contain Jakub Voraeck and Claude Giroux, the talented duo that have posted remarkable numbers this season. Voraeck leads the league with 52 points and Giroux is third in assists with 34.

Ryan Miller is expected to get the start for the Canucks. It’s an early start as the puck drops at 4pm.

 

 

Raise Your Hands Against Racism

On March 7, 2015, Spice Radio on AM 1200 in partnership The Province Newspaper and Mosaic want us all to Raise our Hands against Racism at the Holi Festival. The colourful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima, which comes in February end, or early March. Holi Festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. The festival bridges the social gap and renews sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi’.

At City Halls all over the Lower Mainland we will invite everyone to come and celebrate Holi and put a colourful handprint and sign our anti-racism Tableau. We will then with help from our volunteers take the tableaus to the walk against racism to be held on Commercial Drive on March 21st.

Celebration of Holi fosters in a message of unity and brotherhood. On this day people visit friends and relatives to wish each other. Irrespective of it being a Hindu festival, Sikhs, Muslim, Christians and Jains join the festivities bringing in almost the whole nation together. The Festival of Holi can be regarded as a celebration of the Colors of Unity & Brotherhood – an opportunity to forget all differences and indulge in unadulterated fun. It has traditionally been celebrated in high spirit without any distinction of cast, creed, color, race, status or sex. It is one occasion when sprinkling coloured powder (‘gulal’) or coloured water on each other breaks all barriers of discrimination so that everyone looks the same and universal brotherhood is reaffirmed. This is one simple reason to participate in this colourful festival.

Shushma Datt C.E.O. i.t Media Broadcasting. “ As an immigrant to Canada I met many obstacles in my career and although things are getting better I look forward to the day that racism is finally eradicated for good. I feel it is incumbent on media and political figures to help in this process. As a holder of a public broadcasting licence it is our responsibility to do everything we can to serve the public interest”.

Vancouver Giants Defenceman Arvin Atwal on Spice Radio

arvinTonight on Spice Sports Vancouver Giants defenceman Arvin Atwal will be on the show. The 18 year old Delta native made his WHL debut with the Giants during the 2011-2012 season. A reliable defender with an offensive touch, Atwal has been a positive asset to a tough Vancouver Giants’ season thus far. At 6-foot, 195 pounds Atwal has the vision and shot to quarterback the power play. With his size and aggressive demeanour, Atwal is a physical force in pursuit of the puck.

If you were to ask his teammates about Atwal they would say that he’s always read to stand up for the guys and when push comes to shove, Atwal is ready to go. The majority of his scraps have revolved around coming to the aid of a fellow player

In addition to hockey Atwal is known for his connection to his cultural roots and always supports the local South Asian Community. Last April, he filled in as Jack The Giant, putting on a stuffed costume for the Surrey Vaisakhi Parade. He’s good with his legs, when it comes to skating he has that locked down but he even busted out some of his Bhangra moves, a hobby he had prior to pursuing hockey.

We’ll also get an exclusive look into the Giants season thus far and his thoughts on where the team stands. With a new bench boss in place, the G-Men have turned it around and are heading in the right direction. We will talk about Arvin’s aspirations as a hockey player and where he sees himself down the road.

Tune into Spice Sports from 5-7PM Tonight!

 

Canucks visit the Music City

predsThe Canucks get set to embark on a five game road trip beginning tonight against the Nashville Predators. The Canucks are 2-3 in their last five games, all of which have been at Rogers Arena. The road trip may be a blessing in disguise but it’s not going to be a walk in the park. Tonight’s tilt features the number one team in the league, with 60 points the Predators (29-8-4) have been climbing up the ranks.

As we crawl down the standings the Canucks are seventh in the Western Conference sitting just two points ahead of the Flames at ninth. The early success may have increased the expectations from Canuck nation but as time progressed, this team is exactly where we originally expected, fighting for a playoff position. Even though Dan Hamhuis has been the only major injury to the defense, the lack of defensive depth is alarming. He is expected to make his return sometime during this road trip.

Filip Forsberg has been having a stellar rookie year thus far and is well on his way of rewriting the record books in Nashville. Forsberg leads all NHL rookies with has 38 points and is looking to become the first Predator to win a major NHL award in franchise history.

The Canucks are 12-6-2 away from home while the Predators have won five straight at home to build a 16-2-1 record at Bridgestone Arena. Ryan Miller will sit this one out and Eddie Lack will get the start while Pekka Rinne will be manning the crease for the Preds.

Puck drop is set for 5pm.

Number 23

jamesThe Cleveland Cavaliers are number one on a list, not the standings or any offensive efficiency list but when it comes to merchandise, LeBron James took them to the top. The Cavs are number one on the merchandise list and naturally LeBron’s jersey is a hit as well.

LeBron James’ Number 23 is the best-selling jersey for the first time since his rookie season in 2004. The numbers are based on overall sales from Adidas and NBAStore.com from October to December.

There was a new face in the top five as Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors was number two on the list. He is draining everything on the court and now in merchandise he’s making it rain. The Durantula otherwise known as Kevin Durant was at the number three spot.  Kobe Bryant sits at the fourth spot with Derrick Rose securing the fifth spot.

When it comes to merchandise the Chicago Bulls are second on the merchandise list, followed by the Warriors, Lakers and San Antonio Spurs in the top five.

On the court the Lebron-less Cavs are 1-8 without number 23. He is a game-time decision when the Cavs take on the Suns Tuesday night. James’ has been sidelined by strains of his lower back and left knee that have kept him out for eight consecutive games and a career-high nine games overall this season. The Cavs (19-19) are sitting at .500 for the first time since they were 7-7 earlier in the season. Despite their lackluster play of late, the Cavs are sixth in Eastern Conference.

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