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Lordy! it's Stanley
posted: April 18, 2011
For the National Hockey League, All Star game in Madison Square Garden 1994. Yes, I did get to play in the big league......as an illustrator. Oils on strathmore....

Well it's that time of the year when the north half of North America(Canada, and some parts of "the States") gets a little crazy. Or at least in those areas that are still in the hunt for Lord Stanley's trophy. Yes, It's The Stanley Cup Playoffs! The pucks been dropped, and the battles are underway. I'm climbing on the Vancouver Canucks band wagon after kicking around the west coast of Canada for over a decade. In the Canucks - Black Hawks(Chicago) series, Vancouver leads three games to zero. All up & down the west coast of British Columbia, and even into the surrounding areas, more, and more are daring to believe. The Stanley Cup playoffs are a gruelling, punishing, trial for any of the NHL teams. Cold beer & chips, gimme the remote, oh god it can be painful to believe.
Ole' Canucks "bumble bee" years. Commissioned assignment back in the 90's. This was to highlight Pavel Vladimirovich Bure; The Russian Rocket #10. Oils on heavy stock paper. ...

Band wagon boy here, my cap, eh? Still one of my favorite team logos....

18 comments
Carl Wiens April 18, 2011
Great images Doug! Go Vancouver! Watching all of the games so far, I've got Henrik Sedin and Kesler in my playoff pool. Some seriously good hockey. Always loved that Canucks stick logo too.
Brian Stauffer April 18, 2011
Go Canucks!!!
Daniel Hertzberg April 19, 2011
The Canucks are practically toying with the Hawks. Love Hamhuis, Edler, Ehrhoff on the blueline- love their chances this year! I just hope Luongo doesn't have a mental breakdown. Those blue home jerseys of theirs are probably the best jerseys in hockey too.
Douglas Fraser April 19, 2011
Lordy! that fourth game in Chi-town hurts. The penalty box needed a revolving door installed. Lot's of one on one grudges being settled, and provoked. The Torres hit put the fire into the Hawks. Gimme another beer.
fisher April 20, 2011
Classic Fraser's!
Greg April 21, 2011
Classics! Playoff hockey is the best!
Jim Paillot April 22, 2011
It's good to have a team to cheer for. I'm not a hockey kinda guy but I'll take up the slack and cheer for the Canucks from the desert. Nice artwork, Douglas.
Douglas Fraser April 22, 2011
This is getting sick. I climb on the band wagon, and the wheels start fallen off. Game 5 in the crapper for the Canucks. At this rate I need to be drinking tequila.
Douglas Fraser April 25, 2011
okay I'm wondering what the effin' is going on. it's the day before game seven, and I'm wondering......
Carl Wiens April 27, 2011
The ultimate nailbiter. There were a lot of goat horns about to be fixed until that overtime goal. On to the next round, not sure if I can take another.
Douglas Fraser April 27, 2011
Carl, there's something about Vancouver that has me scratching my head sometimes. It must be a west coast thing. So laid back it's doing it the hard way. Well I do think there was a beastie in the heads of the Canucks when it comes to the Hawks. They have history. Well get the zamboni out, and prepare for the next group of Predators.
Richard Downs May 1, 2011
Great pieces, Doug. There is only "ONE" Douglas Fraser!
Douglas Fraser May 10, 2011
Well clawing past Nashiville, and stretching it to six games, they move forward.
Carl Wiens May 25, 2011
Crazy game. Going to the final!
Douglas Fraser May 25, 2011
Hell of a Game! Tonight I'm rootin' for Tampa. Like to see the Bruins, and Lightning bang away at each other for a couple more games.
Dana MacKenzie June 2, 2011
Oh man - game one of the finals was off the HOOK! Doug - you need to do a killer hockey fight piece. Something epic in your classic Fraser style. Love these old hockey pieces btw. I remember you showing me the original of that top design, as you pulled it out of your drawer of epic greatness ... this image does not do justice for how vibrant your colors are, and the terrific texture. Great work!
Douglas Fraser June 14, 2011
It's been punishing, and downright depressing at times following the Canucks through the playoffs. Well it's down to one final game seven against the Boston Bruins. The bandwagon is looking worse for wear, and I'm starting to think of life before all this......
Douglas Fraser June 15, 2011
Well it's over, and a well deserved victory to the Boston Bruins. Tim Thomas is a Goal Tending God! As Vancouver burns literally the day after. What is with people?
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