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Young Stars Live-Blog: Day 2

Saturday, 09.10.2011 / 7:27 PM PT / Features
By Derek Jory
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Young Stars Live-Blog: Day 2

Welcome to the blog, my name is Derek Jory and I'll be your word slinger throughout the 2011 Young Stars Tournament. I'll use this space to keep you up-to-date like no one else on crucial must-know information from Penticton, BC, such as: how sandy the beach is, if the Ogopogo has a moustache or not and how my fantasy football team (The Brady Punch) is coming together. Oh, and some stuff about hockey too - if there's time.

If you've got any questions, comments, complaints or if any Nigerian kings need my help to access a large sum of money in a foreign bank account, money that we would then split 50/50, email me. I'll also be live-tweeting every Vancouver Canucks Young Stars game via @CanucksGame, where zany is served up, free of charge, 140 characters at a time.

Let's do this.

8:30 a.m. -- Wow, you know you're getting old when sleeping in until 8:30 results in the best night of sleep ever. I'd probably still be sleeping if Frankie Corrado didn't wake me up with a tweet to send out, that kid sure is eager! As promised I've got a photo gallery coming, it'll be the only Vinnick gallery of the week so really enjoy it.

9:00 a.m. -- I just remembered I wanted to wish the Canucks Sports & Entertainment dragonboat team good luck today on the waters. They have two races today and if all goes well, a few tomorrow.

11:45 a.m. -- The internet at the hotel and I began fighting when I had one photo left to upload into the gallery, so I took off for the rink. That was at 11. A Farmer's Market and three stops to ask for directions later and I've arrived at the South Okanagan Events Centre; it took me 35 minutes longer to get here than it should have. My middle name should be Lost.

12:00 p.m. -- Yann Sauve was the first prospect on the ice for Vancouver's 12 p.m. practice, which began at 12 p.m. sharp. Coach MacTavish runs a tight ship.

12:24 p.m. -- Hallelujah, the Behind the Lens gallery is up!

12:33 p.m. -- Practice just kicked up about 200 notches aas the players scrimmage 4-on-4; no goals yet as Brendan Jensen and Karel St. Laurent (both free agents) hold their own, but Antoine Roussel just delivered a nice clean hit on Anton Rodin.

1:35 p.m. -- When I pitched the idea of writing this live-blog, I really thought it would be more riveting. Meh, at least you're reading it! (Thanks mom) Anywho, the prospects are now back on the ice after a quick twirl of the Zamboni and today's skate will end with a 5-on-5 scrimmage.

2:00 p.m. -- The Canucks are off the ice and they look bushed. The coaches appear to be in mid-season form, however.

2:15 p.m. -- Did Djokovic actually just come back to beat my boy Federer?

2:44 p.m. -- I think I know how NHLers in media-thin markets feel. There were a total of three reporters in the dressing room post-practice, including myself. It was awesome. No pushing or shoving or name-calling, just one-on-one interviews at their best. I've got a good lil' article in the works. Hopefully you're out enjoying the weather and not holding your breath for it, I need some time to put this puppy together. And I'm hungry again - surprise, surprise.

7:11 p.m. -- No, I didn't forget about you, I was working. And eating. And working. And eating. Despite a lack of oven mitts, I came up with 5 Burning Questions surrounding the Canucks for this week. You can read it, or not, just know that I wrote it in my hotel room despite gorgeous 33 degree weather and a magestically beautiful lake calling my name. And I did it for you, my people. (How was that for a guilt trip? (Just read it!)

7:28 p.m. -- This may or may not be my last update of the day, it allllll depends on if I opt for sleep to be refreshed for game-day tomorrow, or...actually, I'll take the or. Until tomorrow!

San Jose vs. Calgary Sept. 11 4:00pm
Vancouver vs. Edmonton Sept. 11 7:30pm
Calgary vs. Vancouver Sept. 12 4:00pm
Winnipeg vs. San Jose Sept. 12 7:30pm
Winnipeg vs Edmonton Sept. 13 7:30pm
San Jose vs Vancouver Sept. 14 4:00pm
Edmonton vs Calgary Sept. 14 7:30pm
Winnipeg vs Vancouver Sept. 15 11:30Am

Tournament ticket packages will go on sale July 16th at 10 am online at, by phone at 1-877-763-2849 or in person at the South Okanagan Events Centre box office. Single game tournament tickets will be made available in mid-August. Please go to for up-to-date information on the Young Stars Tournament. Game dates, times and opponents may be subject to change.

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