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Welcome (Back) to The Canuck Way

Greetings, Vancouver Canucks fans.

If you are reading this you probably have either read The Canuck Way before or you are a Canucks fan who stumbled upon this column introducing myself as the new Editor-In-Chief/Site Manager of TCW, you may also notice that this site has been inactive for the last several weeks.

That is all going to change.

A new era at The Canuck Way is here, where we are going to aim to be one of the top Vancouver Canucks websites on the web. Everything from analysis, breaking news, columns, and of course game previews/recaps mixed in with content designed for the diehard Vancouver Canucks fan is coming back to this website and it is coming back with a bang.

After the Canucks missed the playoffs last season it is a new beginning for the team following the franchise’s most successful era, finishing first in the league and making it all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Now it is a new regime led by the Canucks’ greatest leader in Trevor Linden as Team President and Jim Benning as General Manager with Willie Desjardins as the team’s new head coach as the team we have known for much of the 00’s is set to write the story of the franchise’s second half of the decade.

It is also a new era for us as well as for Vancouver Canucks fans, one that will be looking at the future much more than in past years where fans focus’ was often forced on dreams of championships and big games between Western Conference rivals. Now the focus will be split between winning now and getting back to where the team was just a few short years ago, a place the Vancouver Canucks have been expected to be at for much of the 00’s in consistently being in the mix come the playoffs.

As a lifelong Vancouver Canucks fan born off of a Pavel Bure: The Russian Rocket VHS tape that was watched so often I could probably recite the narrator’s words line by line to this day, I have experienced the highs and lows of being a fan of the team for much of my life as a sports fan. As my love of a fan turned into a career as a sportswriter the bond has remained between the first sports team I ever loved even when the focus turned to other sports that I was covering, something that makes me excited for the opportunity to serve as a voice for the proud nation of Canucks fans out there.

Time will tell this season if the Vancouver Canucks can get to the promised land so shortly after saying goodbye to the likes of Ryan Kelser and Roberto Luongo, but with new faces come new stories, new players to follow and new players to cheer. The Canuck Way will be with you every step of the way. We hope that you join us in this new era for the Canucks and this new era for TCW.

Chase Ruttig,

Editor-In Chief, The Canuck Way.

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