The Crazy Canucks is a round table podcast that started in the fall of 2006. The idea was to take the various blogs and podcasts that everyone was doing and bring it together once a week to talk about the Canucks. The material writes itself, but the key element was how to bring everyone together when we all didn’t live within easy, dare we say, walking distance of each other.
Through the magic of Skype and some fancy recording skills, TCC comes to you by the way of the Internet by the way we produce the podcast to the way you listen to each episode. Our goal is to give you our punditry about once a week, sometimes two if we can’t get everyone’s schedules to line up. After all, we all have day jobs, not to mention that we have to make the time to catch the games so we can have something to talk about.
Hometown: Iowa, USA, now living in Vancouver, BC
Canucks Fan Since: 2004-ish, but paying attention for a long while
Favorite Canuck: Sami Salo, Trevor Linden, Roberto Luongo
Site URL: http://johnbollwitt.com (blog), http://radiozoom.net (podcast)
John is one of those rare Americans who loves the sport of hockey. Growing up in the Midwest, he grew up playing baseball and football, but floor hockey in gym class was always his favorite. After getting busted for sneaking into the storage closest at the high school to play with his buddies outside of school hours, John graduated to roller hockey, the position of goalie being his calling. He’ll be the first to blame NHL ’93 for the SegaCD for this, discovering how awesome, and impenetrable, Patrick Roy was as a goalie.
Suffering through the glowing puck era and lack of hockey in his home state, John was constantly searching for a team to capture his love for the game. Colorado was a natural calling with his inspiration playing between the pipes for a few years, but it wasn’t until meeting his eventual wife, Rebecca, that he came to appreciate the history of the Canucks and love the team.
Rebecca Bollwitt / Miss604.com
Hometown: Surrey, BC, now living in Vancouver, BC
Canucks Fan Since: 1980
Favorite Canuck: Trevor Linden, although Matt Cooke is all heart & personality
Site URL: http://miss604.com (blog), http://radiozoom.net (podcast)
Rebecca has been a Canucks fan since the retina-burning yellow V jerseys first smudged across her TV screen as a child. Her brother used to quiz her on team names, logos and cities until she knew them all by heart. When included in road hockey tournaments, being the youngest sibling, she was always the goalie without a stick (although sometimes a broom was donated).
She will deny all reports of being a puck bunny, and her most cherished Canucks memories derive from the 1994 cup run and the team that made it all possible. Despite a 13 month stint in Boston, she’s never lost touch with her team, and the game. Recently, she’s been sharing her hockey know-how and love for the Canucks with her husband, John who is a transplant from America’s midwest. Blue for pass, red for shoot.
Alanah McGinley Downie / Canucks and Beyond
Hometown: Duncan, BC (b. Edmonton, AB)
Canucks Fan Since: A long time
Favorite Canuck: Matt Cooke, Trevor Linden
Site URL: http://www.canucksandbeyond.com (blog)
Alanah has been blogging about the Canucks since 2003. She maintains her own blog at Canucks & Beyond, contributes to Kukla’s Korner on a regular basis and also has a working arrangement with Fox Sports. She doesn’t take hockey all that seriously, and has been known to share her opinions with rampant disregard for things like facts and public embarrassment. Her favourite Canucks players change week-to-week, but Matt Cooke never leaves the top-5. Alanah lives on the island with both a dog and a husband.
Dave Olson / Canucks Outsider
Hometown: North Vancouver, BC (b. Saskatoon, SK)
Canucks Fan Since: A loooong time
Favorite Canuck: Stan Smyl (honorable mentions: Rod Sedlbauer, Artem Chubarov, Harold Snepts)
Site URL: http://www.hockeynw.com (podcast)
A fan since his earliest memories, DaveO first wrote about the Cauncks in 1979 chronicling GM Jake Milford’s recruiting trip to Sweden and is still prone to loquacious reminiscing about the 1982 cup run. Dave is a world-travelling international ambassador for Canucks culture from watching the 1994 cup run in Japan and impromptu street hockey in Guam, to curating the legendary hockey lounge in Olympia, WA. Dave also makes the Olympic Outsider podcast, posted a photo essay from SLC2002 and publishes articles in magazines and journals. Now living in North Van, he often records podcasts while riding the Seabus and wearing his signed Dennis Kearns jersey.
J.J. Guerrero / Canucks Hockey Blog
Hometown: Vancouver in body, Surrey at heart
Canucks Fan Since: the days of the Life Line (Courtnall – Ronning -
Favorite Canuck: Markus Naslund first, 20 other guys a close second
Site URL: http://canuckshockeyblog.com (blog)
J.J. is the guy behind the guy behind the guy behind Canucks Hockey Blog. Okay, he’s THE guy behind Canucks Hockey Blog. And he blogs on canucks.com too. That’s how much he loves to pretend he knows hockey.
He likes to brag that he won four hockey pools in one season, but he won’t mention that he’s dead last in all of them this year.
J.J. and his wife Tracy really do love the Canucks however. J.J. won the jersey off Nolan Baumgartner’s back at the end of the ’02-’03 season and has named their family dog, Baumer, after him.
We don’t know much about you except that if you’re listening to this podcast, then you must be a Canucks fan as well and we want you to take part in the conversation. Remember the Canucks slogan, “Without you, we’re just a hockey team”? If it weren’t for us fans, these guys wouldn’t have a job, nor would we have a great team like the Canucks.
Contact us, post a comment on the episodes that we publish, and we’ll include what you have to say. In fact, if you want your voice on the podcast, record it and email it in! But remember – keep your audio comments clean and keep them brief.