As fellow overseas Canucks fans, we’ve all shared the frustrated of realising how difficult it is to keep up with the latest happenings with the team and around the NHL.
Having shared your experiences, here are just some ways you can keep up to date (even up to the second!) with the latest Vancouver Canucks stories and breaking news.
* Disclaimer: the below aren’t paid plugs…they are what I genuinely use on a day-to-day basis, and I hope they can help you to get your hockey fixes!
1. TSN.ca/NHL (free)
The bare minimum. Despite the slight east-coast bias, TSN still provides great content for the average Canucks fan abroad, especially with their library of highlights, pre-game commentary and post-game analysis, updated daily. The wealth of insight provided by the likes of Bob Mckenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and more is unrivalled.
2. Subscribe to NHL Gamecenter (paid subscription / PPV)
This subscription service is as good as it gets in terms of watching games from overseas. Barring the rare blackout, you can watch every game live online (through your team’s home feed) throughout the regular season and playoffs. On top of this, you get replays (2-3 mins), condensed games (~10 mins), as well as historical games going waaaaay back to the ’94 cup run and further. It costs ~$170USD for the season (which is then discounted after the season’s mid-way point), but you can pay per month or even by game. More than worth it…I certainly do not regret signing up!
3. Subscribe to The Hockey News digital edition (paid subscription / per issue)
Arguably the best print/digital hockey periodical out there. A new edition comes out every couple of weeks, and each edition always provides a new perspective of the game. Subscribing over Zinio (@zinio), you can then either read it online, or download the iOS/Android app for mobile viewing. The draft previews and special editions are always interesting! It costs $48.38AUD for 30 issues.
Luckily for us fans abroad, the Vancouver Canucks have one of the better online presences amongst all NHL teams. The new Timeline layout on the Canucks website features not only your regular content updates, but also incredible photos and pieces of merchandise since the team’s inception in 1970. On Twitter, the always-entertaining Derek Jory will provide you with a play-by-play of sorts on @canucksgame, and limited highlights are uploaded during the game on the semi-official CanucksHD YouTube channel. The Canucks are also on Instagram (@canucks) if that suits your fancy. Don’t forget to follow other hockey personalities online outside of the Canucks: @BizNasty2point0 (Paul Bissonnette of the Phoenix Coyotes) is a must for pure comedic value on Twitter.
Oh, and shameless plug for @VanCanucksOz!
5. Become a Twitter power-user: organise your feed with lists! (free)
One of the most powerful – yet under-utilised – features of Twitter is the ability to organise your feed into lists. Here is a tutorial on how to do it. Grouping all the hockey feeds you follow into one list means that you get concentrated doses of pure hockey news…incredibly useful come trade deadline and July 1 each year. Combining this with Tweetdeck columns means that you stay up to date – to the second – with all the latest Canucks happenings!
Do you use any of the above channels? Are there any that we’ve missed? Leave your comments below!
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