The captain of Canada's men's rugby 7s squad joins the hosts of the Starting Lineup to talk about the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series coming to Vancouver for the third time. The tournament begins this weekend at BC Place simply can't be missed. "I feed off that energy." The Vancouverite loves how the sport has been embraced in his hometown.
The veteran analyst's fondest memories feature the Vancouver Canucks -- of the WHL. He explains why before launching in to a discussion about Ron Francis and the Carolina Hurricanes and how that situation compares to Jim Benning. The Canucks' GM has it smoother thanks to the buffer of Trevor Linden. Meddling owners who don't know the game will not do a good job. He talks about life after hockey and professionals' transition to new careers after retirement.
Hayley Wickenheiser joins the hosts of the Starting Lineup to say every day is a day to work for women's equality and empowerment, which is something she does all year long in Canada and abroad. There remains an old boys club, particularly in Europe, that does not give women's hockey the time and resources it deserves. However, there have been many gains. She talks about her work to bring hockey and sledge hockey to women in India and tells female advocates they are not alone in their goals. For young athletes, male and female, there is a downside to specializing too young.
He promises he isn't making this all up, but positioning himself as an insider (ahem, "insiderrr") with a growing roster of trusted sources, Mike Commodore shares his latest intel. He's been traded three times, including on deadline day. But the move that has him really salty is when Mike Babcock said he didn't arrive to camp in shape, which he disputes, and later when they crossed paths again in Detroit and the d-man "was literally scratched until Christmas." He doesn't hold back. "I hate that guy and I don’t think I'm getting over it either."