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Simmer’s Skate: Hirsch Quits VAN Radio, Canucks Kid Earns Trophy

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Former Vancouver Canucks goalie Corey Hirsch in action in the late 90's.

Don’t be alarmed, Vancouver Canucks radio commentator Corey Hirsch has decided to step down from his on-air radio duties for all of the right reasons. Hirsch, who’s mental health struggles over the years as an NHL goaltender and beyond are well documented, is stepping aside to grow multiple initiatives in that realm.

His soon to be released book, The Save of My Life – My Journey out of the Dark, covers his battles with obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety, and how going public with his mental health issues has helped raise awareness nationally on this very important topic.

The 49-year-old Medicine Hat, Alberta native began his broadcasting career in 2015 after years as an NHL goaltending consultant. His professional playing career as a netminder ran from 1992 to 2004 and included 108 regular season NHL games, 101 of them with the Vancouver Canucks.

Nice Hardware

Since we’re bouncing around the twitter-verse, how about this cool tweet from the brother of Vancouver Canucks prospect and local kid Arshdeep Bains, who signed an entry-level contract with the club on March 11th.

As one can see, his hardware arrived from the Western Hockey League, signifying his scoring prowess. He’s the first player of South Asian descent to win the scoring title. The 21-year-old from Surrey finished with 43 goals and 69 assists.

Passing the Dynasty Baton

As we watch the Tampa Bay Lightning attempt to win a third consecutive Stanley Cup, we start to hear the word ‘dynasty’ getting tossed around. If they beat the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Final and end up with three in a row, there’s no doubt, they’d be the first to turn that trick since the New York Islanders team of the early 1980’s won four in a row.

Edmonton, with and without Wayne Gretzky was a dynasty as well, with Cups in 1985, 1987, 1988, and 1990.

How about the most recent team hovering around the D word? The Pittsburgh Penguins. Or maybe it should be called the Sidney Crosby almost-dynasty with Stanley Cup victories in 2009, 2016 and again 2017. Vancouver Canucks President of Hockey Operation Jim Rutherford was the Penguins GM for the latter two.

But wait … we’d be forgetting about the guy that is so often overshadowed by Sid, Evgeni Malkin. He’s a lock Hall of Famer.

Dynasty or not, the Penguins organization is at a crossroads, and ‘Geno’ Malkin is standing in the middle of the intersection. Very interesting stuff on the decision making from Dan Kingerski at Pittsburgh Hockey Now.

— Another night off. Game two of the Stanley Cup Final is on Saturday evening.

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