Who voted — and how they made their picks


Province hockey blogger Wyatt Arndt.

Province hockey blogger Wyatt Arndt.

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Wyatt Arndt: Arndt was born and raised in Vancouver, which means he accepts that the Canucks will always manage to find a way to lose. They could be up 7-0 in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, and somehow they would end up losing 8-7. As with all Vancouver kids born in the '80s, Arndt was sworn at birth to pledge allegiance to Trevor Linden. All hail Lord Linden. With a degree in history from UBC, Arndt quickly turned that into a boring IT job , before realizing that writing was far more interesting because it allowed him to yell about things in print form, instead of on the street, where people could throw things at him. Arndt now does freelance work for a variety of outlets, writing about the Canucks, and talking about that post Nathan Lafayette hit back in '94. That evil evil post . . .

Jason Botchford: Botchford has been covering the Vancouver Canucks for a decade, including the 2011 Cup run, the entire Roberto Luongo era and all the goalie controversies that came with it. He has written more than 1,000 stories on Luongo, but is mostly known for the creation of the Van Provies.

Jordan Bowman: J-Bow isn't technically a lifelong fan of the Canucks (he was pretty into crawling for a while), but when he was eight years old and the '94 team went on their historic run, he was hooked. Ever since then, he's spent most of his free time watching, discussing and loving all things Canucks. (Well, almost everything *cough* Messier *cough*). In 2011, he was selected by the Province from a field of 15 aspiring Canucks bloggers to fill the shoes of the Kurtenblog. Since then, he and Wyatt Arndt have made it their mission to entertain Canucks fans in the darkest and brightest times with irreverence, wit and . . . a third thing they haven't decided on. They are the Legion of Blog, and they are excited to weigh in on the 101 Greatest Canucks of All Time.

Steve Ewen: Ewen was born the same year as the Vancouver Canucks. Oddly enough, he lists Gilbert Perreault as his favourite player of all time. He did start to fall for the Canucks during the Flying V jersey years, cheering for guys like Kevin McCarthy and Curt Fraser in particular. On staff at The Province since 1994, Ewen has spent time on various beats, including the Canucks. His main duties of late have featured covering the Vancouver Giants, so he's been known to lament the Canucks' lack of WHL content the past few seasons.

Tony Gallagher: Gallagher has been around hockey for well over 40 years, working his first NHL game in Oakland in 1972 when the original coach Hal Laycoe was behind the bench. He took over the hockey beat at The Province in 1977 and did that until becoming a columnist in 1985, leaving to host his own radio talk show "Gallagher on Sport" in 1989. He returned to the columnist duties two years later and has spent time with every coach, general manager and player in Canuck history. He also co-hosts part of the Canucks pre-game show with Barry MacDonald on TSN Radio 1040 in Vancouver.

Jim Jamieson: Due to a strange and wonderful NHL time warp, Jamieson has been fortunate enough to have covered the Canucks for parts of four decades. He started in the 1989-90 season, when 19-year-old Trevor Linden was in his second year in the league and the Russians started coming, was a beat reporter when Pavel Bure fell out of the sky in the early '90s, covered the team through the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, and then the dark years of the late '90s. After a seven-year hiatus as a business reporter, he came back in 2007 to cover the Canucks again, starting with the last year of the Dave Nonis regime and then the brilliance and folly of Mike Gillis' stewardship that included covering a Stanley Cup Final in 2011 that – if only for the hockey gods – the Canucks surely should have won. Which brings us right back to this season and new uber-boss, Trevor Linden. That Linden guy again. And, yes, somehow it does feel like it's all come full circle.

Norm Jewison: A graduate of Sir George Williams University in Montreal, Jewison went to work full time at NHL Headquarters in 1966, a year prior to the League’s first expansion from six teams to 12 (1967-68). He worked for 11 years in statistics and information services during the term of president Clarence Campbell. In 1977, Jewison moved west to assume the role of public relations director of the Vancouver Canucks, a post he held for 10 seasons. He went on to perform myriad other duties with the NHL club, including overseeing all team publications, looking after team travel and eventually became the liaison between current and past Canucks. In his last 10 seasons with the club, he coached and managed the Canucks Alumni hockey team, which played fundraising games throughout B.C. Jewison retired as the longest-serving (30 years) employee in Canucks history on June 15, 2007, and relocated to the north Okanagan.

Ben Kuzma: Like any football-crazy kid growing up in Saskatchewan, Kuzma thought he was going to play for the Roughriders. But hockey was never far away. A rink was right across the street and -20C was never too cold for a pick-up game. He grew up following his hometown Saskatoon Blades of the WHL and expanded his interests to include the WHA when he was sports editor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Kuzma's first NHL beat job came at The Calgary Herald in the fall of 1988, and the Flames would go on to capture their only Stanley Cup championship that season. He also covered the glory years of the Kamloops Blazers as sports editor of the Kamloops Daily News, including Memorial Cup championships in 1992, 1994 and 1995, before joining The Province in May of 1995. After spending two years as an editor, he joined the Canucks beat part time and then full time in 1999, while also covering the Indy beat. But the Canucks quickly became his primary focus in a hockey-mad market, and the 2011 run to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final — and 57 straight working days — stand out as much as the 2010 Olympic tournament in which Canada claimed gold.

Karin Larsen: You name it, she's covered it. Larsen has spent 20-plus years reporting sports for CBC, a stretch that has included a whopping 10 Olympic and Paralympic games. Among her Games highlights: calling Carol Huynh's wrestling gold medal and Simon Whitfield's silver medal in triathlon in 2008; co-hosting the Torino Olympic Closing Ceremony with Ron Maclean; and broadcasting her own sister's silver-medal win in synchronized swimming in 1996. (Larsen herself is a former World Champion and Olympian in synchronized swimming. But no jokes, please, she's heard them all.) Larsen has also covered hockey extensively, starting with her first Canucks practice in the late 1990s, when the team put a note on the chalkboard asking players to wear a towels in the dressing room, and co-hosting the CBC's Seeking Stanley program during the Canucks' 2011 playoff run.

Steve May: Just a little older than the Canucks, May grew up listening to Jim Robson on the radio most nights, and with the '70s Canucks, got used to disappointment early. In the late '90s, he stumbled across a number of like-minded nut bars on the Internet and began posting regularly in the Canucks newsgroup on Usenet. Over the years, May has honed his craft of criticizing the media and pointing out errors in lists, so figures that this is time for some karmic retribution, apparently. May can be found on Twitter (@steve_may) making pithy comments and bad puns. He lives happily near Victoria with his wife, son, dog and - as his wife notes - far too many jerseys for someone who never played.

Jim Robson: "He'll play. You know he'll play. He'll play on crutches!" If Trevor Linden is the face of the Canucks, then Robson will always be known as its voice. No one called a game better than Robson, who broadcast the team's on-ice exploits for radio and television from 1970 to 1999. In all, he spent 47 years in the broadcast booth, starting with senior men's basketball in Port Alberni at the age of 17. The following year, he was covering the B.C. Lions, Vancouver Mounties and WHL Vancouver Canucks for CKWX. When the Canucks played their first game in the NHL, Robson called the action for Hockey Night in Canada. He has since been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame, B.C. Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and the broadcast gondola at Rogers Arena bears his name.

Matt Sekeres: Sekeres is the host of "Sekeres and Price," the midday show on TSN 1040, Vancouver's sports-talk radio station. He is a former reporter at The Globe and Mail, National Post and Ottawa Citizen, and has covered the Vancouver Canucks since 2007. He also enjoys lazy days on Kits Beach.

Mike Tuzzi: Tuzzi has been a Canucks fan since Year 1 . Well, actually, it was Year 2, but he likes to say he was there since Day 1. He discovered hockey at eight years old while listening to Game 7 of the 1971 Stanley Cup final between Montreal and Chicago. By the next season, he was hooked not only on the game but also the Canucks, which he read all about while working as a newspaper carrier for The Province from 1970-74. Tuzzi later learned to play the game himself, and also became obsessed with statistics, compiling binders and binders of various elements of the game. Though he never achieved his dream of becoming the NHL's chief statistician, he partly credits his love of sports numbers with his current job in IT. Tuzzi lives in Maple Ridge with his wife and two teenagers.

Jody Vance: Vance is a born-and-raised Vancouverite who made her mark in local radio and TV sports before joining Sportsnet, where she became the first woman in the history of Canadian TV to host her own sports show in primetime. After nine years in Toronto, Vance returned to her hometown with her son, Brady. A working mom in both radio and TV, she found herself with the ultimate dream job: hosting CBC's "Seeking Stanley," the playoff post-game program for the Canucks' 2011 Stanley Cup run. Today you can find Vance anchoring the news and hosting weekday mornings 5:30-9 a.m. on City's Breakfast Television.

Ed Willes: Willes's first newspaper posting was for the Medicine Hat News in 1982 when he covered the WHL Tigers, minor league Blue Jays, rodeo and more curling than he cares to remember. In 1996, Willes moved to Regina, where he reported on the WHL Pats and Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was working on a feature about a woman darts thrower when he was offered a columnist job at the Winnipeg Sun. In Winnipeg, he spent two years as a general columnist before moving on and becoming the Jets beat writer and hockey columnist. This stint led him to cover the tragic demise of the Jets while he also took on the role of the first beat writer for the IHL Manitoba Moose. Willes was finally drafted to The Province in the fall of 1998. Aside from his extensive writing career, Willes boasts a single-digit handicap in golf, an encyclopedic knowledge of pre-1982 pop music and an "inexplicable fascination with movies and popular culture as a whole."

Province hockey blogger Wyatt Arndt.

Province hockey blogger Wyatt Arndt.

Photograph by: Ward Perrin, PNG

Province hockey blogger Wyatt Arndt.
Province hockey writer Jason Botchford.
Province hockey blogger Jordan Bowman.
Province sports writer Steve Ewen.
Province hockey writer Jim Jamieson.
Former Canucks public relations director Norm Jewison.
Province hockey writer Ben Kuzma.
CBC sportscaster Karin Larsen.
Canucks fan Steve May.
Retired hall of fame broadcaster Jim Robson.
Team 1040 radio host Matt Sekeres.
Canucks fan Mike Tuzzi.
Breakfast Television host Jody Vance.
Province sports columnist Ed Willes.
Province sports columnist Tony Gallagher.
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