Last night the Vancouver Canucks hosted the New York Rangers in a rare preseason meeting between the teams. It was also the first time Coach Alain Vigneault was returning to Vancouver after being let go after the post season. What gives an even better twist to the story is Vancouver's head coach John Tortorella is the former head coach to the New York Rangers before he was let go at the end of the post season as well. The Canucks won 5-0. Roberto Luongo was a wall stopping all 41 shots he faced. New York's #1 netminder Henrik Lundqvist let in 5 goals on 17 shots and was replaced by backup goalie Martin Biron to start the 3rd period. It was a great game that included 5 goals, two by birthday boy Henrik Sedin, while other birthday boy Daniel Sedin picked up one assist. Penalties, fights, and the return of David Booth who rang one off the post.
Possibly the best part of the game though didn't have to do with anything on the ice. When the players came out onto the bench for the start of the game. Before the national anthems, the Vancouver Canucks film crew filmed coach AV and put him on the big screen. After the fans saw this the clapping began, it kept going and going and going. AV was still on the screen and seemed to not notice what was happening. Eventually he looked at the screen and realized the clapping was for him. The clapping kept coming with a huge number of fans now standing as well. AV in a complete head coach way gave a nod and thank you to the Vancouver fans without breaking his head coach energy. It was prefect!
Drafted in the 2nd round, 57th overall by the St. Louis Blues in 2001, McClement is about to start his 10th season in the NHL.
McClement stands 6'1", weights 205 pounds, shoots left and wears the #11.
During his professional career McClement has played for the St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs playing 601 games, scoring 71 goals and assisting 123 others for 194 points total.
Besides the baby blues, McClement has a smile to die for and is not scared to drop the gloves and stand up for his team.
A good old Canadian kid playing the game he loves! All I can say is, Stay Handsome Jay!
PS besides the few videos I have included of Jay scoring goals I have also included a video of Jay and some buddies pushing cars. Jay is the one in the red t-shirt and you can see exactly how handsome this man is. Enjoy