It was revealed this week that Vancouver Canucks players have decided to ban video games on the road, including the wildly popular Fortnite, and Patrik Laine chirped his Western Conference rivals for the decision.
“That’s a terrible idea,” the Winnipeg Jets star winger said with a smirk when speaking with reporters Wednesday. “I think they just needed something to blame after last year.”
“We kind of made a deal that if we’re playing like that we can give up our PlayStations [and not] take them on the road, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
The Canucks were a bottom-five team a season ago, going 15-22-4 on the road, so the ban was done to limit any potential distractions.
Laine is a massive gamer and even wrote about it in a Players Tribune article from February that showcased the quirky Finn’s personality.
With the Sedins retiring and Trevor Linden leaving the organization in the summer the Canucks are about to enter a new era. We’ll see if Laine’s quip adds any fuel to the rivalry.
The Canucks and Jets play thrice this season with the first meeting coming Oct. 18 in Winnipeg.