Canucks Sign Defenceman Olli Juolevi to Three-Year Entry Level Contract


Olli Juolevi

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER   By Andrew Chernoff   August 6, 2016

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced Friday by press release, that the club signed defenceman Olli Juolevi to a three-year entry level contract.


“Olli is a talented all-around defenceman with high hockey sense who will be a big part of our organization’s future,” said Jim Benning.

“He’s had an outstanding year, winning the Memorial Cup and World Junior gold. We look forward to seeing him continue his development and compete at the NHL level during training camp in September.”

Juolevi a well-rounded blueliner:

A competitive spark-plug, Olli Juolevi is a complete, all-around defenceman who can hem the opposition in their own end or make things difficult for the opposition at home; either way, he puts the pressure on and lays it on thick. A strong and balanced skater, he can rush the puck through the neutral zone with ease or backcheck with haste. Uses his size to his advantage, but knows his physical limits and plays within them. Instead of playing overly physical, he makes his presence felt by exhibiting his high-end playmaking ability and puck possession play. All-in-all, a well-rounded blueliner who thrives under pressure and can be trusted in all situations. (Curtis Joe, EP 2016)


Juolevi, 18, finished third among Ontario Hockey League rookie defencemen in scoring in 2015.16, registering 42 points (9-33-42) in 57 games for the London Knights.

Skating in his first full season in North America, the 6-2, 182-pound defenceman also earned OHL Second All-Rookie Team and OHL Third All-Star Team honours.

During the 2016 playoffs, Juolevi registered 14 points in 18 games to help the Knights capture the OHL Championship. Named to the tournament All-Star Team, he then added seven points in four games to help the Knights capture their second Memorial Cup.

Prior to joining London, Juolevi appeared in 44 games in 2014.15 with Jokerit’s junior squad in Finland, registering 32 points (6-26-32). He was also named the league’s Best Defenceman, Rookie of the Year and selected to the First All-Star Team.

On the international stage, the Helsinki, Finland, native helped his country capture gold at the 2016 World Junior Championship where he led all defencemen with nine assists (0-9-9) and was named to the tournament All-Star Team.

Vancouver Canucks 2016 Off-Season Signings

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    July 26, 2016

Off-Season Signings

  • JUL 19/16 – RFA Alexandre Grenier signed a 1-year, 2-way contract extension.
  • JUL 19/16 – RFA Andrey Pedan signed a 1-year, 2-way contract extension.
  • JUL 15/16 – FA Michael Carcone signed a 3-year entry level contract.
  • JUL 13/16 – RFA Michael Zalewski signed a 1-year, 2-way contract extension.
  • JUL 13/16 – UFA Richard Bachman signed a 1-year, 2-way contract extension.
  • JUL 7/16 – Goaltender Jacob Markstrom signed a 3-year contract extension.
  • JUL 1/16 – UFA Jayson Megna signed a 1-year, 1-way contract. (AAV $600,000)
  • JUL 1/16 – UFA Philip Larsen signed a 1-year, 1-way contract. (AAV $1,025,000)
  • JUL 1/16 – UFA Michael Chaput signed a 1-year, 2-way contract.
  • JUL 1/16 – UFA Borna Rendulic signed a 1-year, 2-way contract.
  • JUL 1/16 – RFA Chad Billins signed a 1-year, 2-way contract.
  • JUL 1/16 – UFA Loui Eriksson signed a 6-year contract. (AAV $6,000,000).
  • JUN 27/16 – RFA Emerson Etem signed a 1-year, 1-way contract. (AAV $775,000)
  • JUN 16/16 – RFA Sven Baertschi signed a 2-year contract extension. (AAV $1,850,000)
  • MAY 26/16 – FA Tom Nilsson signed a 1-year, 2-way contract.
  • MAY 16/16 – FA Yan-Pavel Laplante signed a 3-year entry level contract.
  • APR 29/16 – FA Michael Garteig signed a 1-year, entry-level contract.
  • APR 20/16 – Goaltender Thatcher Demko signed a 3-year entry level contract.
  • APR 13/16 – FA Troy Stecher signed a 2-year entry level contract.


Trail B.C. Regional Airport Gets Terminal Building Funding Of $1,180,935

July 23, 2016       By Andrew Phillip Chernoff

The Government of British Columbia is providing more than $8 million in funding this year to support infrastructure improvements at 23 community and regional airports in B.C., including the Trail, B.C. regional airport, which is receivig funding of $1,180,935 for a terminal building.

The provincial government made the announcement on July 22, in a press release:

“Across B.C., airports serve as a vital transportation link and a lifeline for the many smaller communities they serve,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone.

“Providing funding support for smaller and regional airports through our B.C. Air Access Program supports the continued growth of local, regional and provincial economies by keeping people and cargo moving.”

Through the program, the ministry cost-shares with public airports on projects such as lighting and navigational systems, terminal building expansion or upgrades, and runway improvements. These types of projects will allow airports to improve safety, accommodate larger aircraft and more frequent flights, and further support the continuing growth of local and provincial economies.

The ministry is investing $24 million over three years for the B.C. Air Access Program.

The program also encourages funding partnerships with the federal government, local and regional governments and agencies, and the private sector. Last year, the program provided just over $6 million toward improvements at 10 regional airports throughout the province.

B.C. on the Move is government’s 10-year plan for the improvement of the province’s transportation network. The actions prioritized in B.C. on the Move will enhance safety, grow the economy, maintain and replace aging infrastructure, and support trade for B.C.’s expanding resource sectors through Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway.

Over the next three years, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will invest almost $2.7 billion to improve British Columbia’s transportation network.

From The Past: Evil Days For The Loafers


By Andrew Phillip Chernoff

“The is no room for loafers; no time for idlers, and there should be no mercy for tramps and mere pool-room sports.”

Source: Evil Days For The Loafers, Grand Forks Sun, Grand Forks, B.C., July 19, 1918

Late in World War 1, both Canada and the United States passed anti-loafing laws, and ordered that all males of draft age had to be engaged in productive employment or go into the army, with some exceptions.

The following article concerns the above subject:


The Grand Forks Sun, Grand Forks, B.C., July 19, 1918

The Canadian government of the day passed the following Order In Council, P.C. 815 on April 4, 1918, ordering that in the absence of reasonable cause to the contrary, that all males engage in useful occupations under the regulations set forth in the order in council:


Source: Documents On Canadian External Relations, Volume 1, 1909-1918


Source: Documents On Canadian External Relations, Volume 1, 1909-1918

Canucks GM Benning Seeking Left Winger By Hockey Trade, Won’t Trade Hansen

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    July 14, 2016


In an article in the Province by Ben Kuzma today, Vancouver Canucks GM Jim confirmed he is seeking a second-line left winger

“We’ve been talking to some teams and it would be a hockey trade,” summed up Benning. “The first part of free agency was guys signing and the second layer is going to be teams wanting to move contracts or bodies. Teams know what we’re looking for and we’ll see how it goes.”

Benning also told Kuzma, that Jannik Hansen, who was not shopped at the trade deadline or the draft, is not available for trade.

“We’re not moving Jannik,” he stressed. “I thought he was excellent for us last year and with the way the game is going with speed and skill, he fits that description perfectly. And we have him under a good (cap) number the next couple of years, so we’re not looking to do anything.”

Newly Vancouver Canucks Affiliated ECHL Alaska Aces Playing In New Division in 2016-17


By Andrew Phillip Chernoff

The Alaska Aces, newly affiliated with the Vancouver Canucks, will be playing in a new division for the 2016-17 season, the ECHL announced on July 11.

The Conference and Divisional alignment for the 2016-17 Season will be as follows:

Eastern Conference

North Division
Adirondack Thunder, Brampton Beast, Elmira Jackals, Manchester Monarchs, Reading Royals, Wheeling Nailers

South Division
Atlanta Gladiators, Cincinnati Cyclones, Florida Everblades, Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Norfolk Admirals, Orlando Solar Bears, South Carolina Stingrays

Western Conference

Central Division
Fort Wayne Komets, Indy Fuel, Kalamazoo Wings, Quad City Mallards, Toledo Walleye, Tulsa Oilers, Wichita Thunder

Mountain Division
Alaska Aces, Allen Americans, Colorado Eagles, Idaho Steelheads, Missouri Mavericks, Rapid City Rush, Utah Grizzlies

The first two rounds of the Kelly Cup Playoffs will be played entirely within the division, with the division winner playing the fourth-place finisher and the second-place team meeting the third-place team in the Division Semifinals. The winners of each series will meet in the Division Finals, leading to the Conference Finals and Kelly Cup Finals.

The new format will allow most teams to have a better chance of playing traditional rivals in the first two rounds of the playoffs, and to allow for more economical travel.

Source: The ECHL – Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League | ECHL announces Conference and Divisional alignment for 2016-17 Season

From The Past: Cranbrook Hearld Newspaper of June 28th, 1900 Perpetrates Hoax


From The Past: The Cranbrook Hearld, June 28th, 1900

By Andrew Phillip Chernoff

On Thursday, June 28, 1900 the Cranbrook Hearld newspaper published an article in its paper that would gather attention, raise a few eyebrows, result in a few laughs and create embarrassment for two other newspapers.

The article, titled “Taking A Look Forward: Excerpts From The ‘Morning Hearld’ Of September 10, 1907”, that showed the following occurrences at that time:  “Conflageration In The Warehouse District—Loss Nearly Half A Million” and “A Great Labor Strike Imminent”.



On July 13, 1900, the Slocan Drill newspaper published an article that exposed the above Cranbrook Hearld post as a hoax, claiming two newspapers, the Spokane Review and Sandon Paystreak “were both caught for suckers having re-published the item as an alleged fact of today. It is a horse on them”.




Canucks Sign Five More Free Agents On Canada Day After Landing Loui Eriksson

VancouverCanucksCANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    July 2, 2016

Canucks signed five more free agents on Canada Day after landing Loui Eriksson, caping off an eventful free agent frenzy.

Canucks sign Jayson Megna to one-year deal


Canucks signed forward Jayson Megna to a one-year, one-way contract that will carry a value of $600,000.

“Jayson brings a combination of size, speed and skill to our team adding depth to our forward group this season,” said Jim Benning. “He has the ability to catch the opposition off-guard with deceptive speed and brings a willingness to play in the difficult areas around the net and in the corners. We’re pleased to be able to add Jayson to the team.”

Megna, 26, split the 2015.16 season between the New York Rangers and the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack. In six games with the Rangers, Megna tallied one goal and one assist (1-1-2) along with two penalty minutes. In 68 games with Hartford, he finished tied for third on the team in goals (15), tied for first in assists (29) and second in points (44). His totals on the year in games played, assists and points were all AHL career-highs.

The 6-1, 195-pound forward has skated in 54 career NHL games over parts of three seasons split between New York and Pittsburgh, registering 12 points (6-6-12) along with 22 penalty minutes. In addition, Megna has appeared in two career NHL playoff games.

Prior to his professional career, Megna played one season with the University of Nebraska-Omaha. During his freshman season in 2011.12, Megna was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team and finished third on the team in goals (13), assists (18) and points (31).

A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Megna was originally signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent on August 1, 2012.


Canucks sign Philip Larsen to one-year deal


Vancouver signed defenceman Philip Larsen to a one-year, one-way contract that will carry a value of $1,025,000.

“Philip is a skilled, right shot defenceman who can anchor a power play,” said General Manager Jim Benning. “He had a terrific year in the KHL last season and we look forward to him adding offence from the blue line.”

Larsen, 26, spent the 2015.16 season with Jokerit Helsinki of the KHL where he accumulated 38 points (12-26-38) and 39 penalty minutes in 54 games. His 11 goals ranked him tied for second among KHL defencemen while his 36 points ranked him fifth. He also tallied four points (3-1-4) in four playoff games. The 6’1”, 183-pound defenceman has appeared in 125 career NHL games with Dallas and Edmonton, recording 31 points (8-23-31) and 42 penalty minutes.

On the international stage, Larsen has represented Denmark at the World Junior Championships (2008) and the World Championships (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014).

The Esbjerg, Denmark native was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a conditional fifth round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft on February 24, 2016. He was originally drafted by Dallas in the fifth round, 149th overall, at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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Canucks sign Chaput, Rendulic & Billins

Canucks signed forwards Michael Chaput and Borna Rendulic as well as defenceman Chad Billins each to a one-year, two-way contract.

Chaput, 24, split the 2015.16 season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the AHL Lake Erie Monsters. In eight games with Columbus, Chaput posted a goal and an assist (1-1-2) along with five penalty minutes. In 63 games with Lake Erie, he finished second on the team in scoring with 45 points (16-29-45) along with 31 penalty minutes. Chaput also collected eight points (2-6-8) along with with 13 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games to help the Monsters capture their first Calder Cup Championship. The Ile Bizard, Quebec native has registered eight points (2-6-8) and 28 penalty minutes in 58 career NHL games, all with the Blue Jackets.


Chaput was originally selected by Philadelphia in the third round, 89th overall, at the 2010 NHL Draft.

Rendulic, 24, split the 2015.16 season between the Colorado Avalanche and the AHL San Antonio Rampage. He appeared in three games with Colorado and 68 games with San Antonio, where he registered 38 points (16-22-38) and 41 penalty minutes. Among Rampage skaters, his 16 goals ranked second while his 22 assists and 38 points ranked him fifth. The 6-2, 200-pound forward has appeared in 14 NHL regular season games over parts of two seasons with Colorado, collecting a goal and an assist (1-1-2) along with six penalty minutes.


A native of Zagreb, Croatia, Rendulic was the first player born in Croatia to sign a contract with an NHL franchise when he was signed by Colorado as a free agent on May 19, 2014.

Billins, 27, scored 31 points (7-24-31) with Linkopings HC of the Swedish Hockey League during the 2015.16 season. A native of Marysville, Michigan, Billins has played 10 career NHL games with Calgary and has recorded three assists (0-3-3). In 141 career AHL games split with the Abbotsford Heat and Grand Rapids Griffins, Billins has registered 79 points (20-59-79) and was a Calder Cup Champion with Grand Rapids in 2013


The 5-10, 175-pound defenceman was originally signed by Calgary as a free agent on July 5, 2013.