Saturday, July 29, 2006


Why does Vancouver hate Slovaks?

(This cross-post is my contribution to VCOE's 24-hour Blogathon. Go an over there and pledge your support!)



Vancouver is quite the diverse and cosmopolitan city. We have all kinds of people here and all of the cultures blend in and become snobby, coffee-sipping fashionitas regardless of where their families are originally from.

This cultural diversity has extended to the Vancouver Canucks, for the most part. The Canucks have had plenty of CZECHS (Slegr, Nedved, Malik, Bubla, Hlinka, Rucinsky, Beranek, Kucera), RUSSIANS (Bure, Mogilny, Chubarov, Semak, Sharifijanov, Oksiuta), FINNS (Salo, Ruutuu, Ruutu, Skriko, Lumme, Tikkanen), SWEDES (Too many to count), LATVIANS (Irbe, Vasiljevs), and even North Americans of ASIAN descent (Park, Kariya). The Canucks even drafted an AUSTRIAN (Grabner) in the first round on the 2006 Entry Draft and drafted a DANISH pastry not too long ago.

So, why doesn't this diversity extend to SLOVAKS, hmm??

Oh, trust me, this city hates Slovaks. I walk down the street and get bottles thrown at me all the time for no good reason. We have a Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, and Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. The Slovaks? They might have a shed in the backyard of some guy's house, but that's about it.

Did ya know, that the total number of games played by SLOVAK players for the Vancouver Canucks is a mere 10.


You have one of the great hockey countries in the world, and the Canucks have only had 10 games from Slovak players? Obvious proof of the Anti-Slovak policy at work.

Who were these brave souls who never got a true shot?

1. LUBOMIR VAIC - A player so awesome that there is an entire blog dedicated to his greatness.

Lubomir played 9 games over 2 seasons for the Canucks (97-98 and 99-00, getting about 2 minutes of ice time a game and scoring 1 goal and 1 assist. The only reason he got 9 games in the first place is because he pretended to be a Czech. One the Canucks got wind of his true background, they made sure to blacklist him from the team.

Sick of being stuck behind crap such as Darby Hendrickson, Vaic left for Europe to become a star in Finland and Czechia.

Did ya know that VAIC is a Slovakicized version of the German name WEISS? Well, you do now, suckers!

2. JOZEF BALEJ - A talented winger with a few issues, Balej seems to have bolted to Europe this off-season after is was obvious that he'd never get a shot with 'talented' Canadians such as Alex Burrows in the fold.

His count? 1 game and 1 assist. Apparently, his 82-points-a-season pace wasn't good enough for the Canucks.

The only country getting the shaft more than Slovakia is Germany, for which only Sven Butenschon (by my recollection) has represented that fine nation. He played 8 games with the Canucks last year and won't be back. Still, there are few fewer Germans in the NHL than Slovaks, so the Germans, by ratio of players available in the NHL to games played for the Canucks, are doing far better than the poor Slovaks.

Ruuttu, you meant. Christian Ruuttu was a decent center, waay back when the 'nucks tried to win the Cup, for some odd reason. They sure haven't tried since!
Hej Slovaci!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It'll be a cold day in hell before I let any of those communists bastards play on my team.

Harold Ballard
Come on over, Jes. Mr. Potatohead and Pavol will welcome you with open arms.
So Vancouver has too many left wings & not enough Slovaks.. hmmm, a Slovak Right Wing maybe? I'm pretty sure they could contact the Panthers to get one for $950,000...
dude ur full of shit, everything u say about the slovaks is a major over statement, its not likely at all that one player who playes 2 minutes in a game and gets 2 points in thouse minutes, no thats a lie for sure, and another thing, plus the canucks aint racist or anything, big deal they dont got slovaks on there team, maybe thats cuz all the good ones or taken or that the ones that arnt taken are crappy or even that they want way to much money. ever think of that?
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