The Dump and Chase – 06/06/2011

Vancouver to spark up Olympic cauldron in support of Canucks

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark is hoping that a re-lighting of the Olympic cauldron in Vancouver will lead to more Canadian championship magic, minus the whole Luongo allowing a game tying goal in the dying seconds of course. Richard Brodeur will be on hand, so yeah…

Via National Post:

The flame will be lit at 3 p.m. PT Monday, just hours before the puck drops in Boston for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.

Some of the attendees expected to join Clark include former Canucks goalie Richard Brodeur, part of team’s run to the Stanley Cup finals in 1982, and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.

The re-lighting will be at Jack Poole Plaza, beside the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Winnipeg’s nameless hockey team may have their GM

The Winnipeg Free Press reports that True North Sports and Entertainment has offered their vacated general manager job to Kevin Cheveldayoff. Cheveldayoff has been working under Stan Bowman with the Chicago Blackhawks as the team’s cap specialist and ‘chief lieutenant’. Prior to taking the job in Chicago, Cheveldayoff spent 12 years as GM of the IHL come AHL’s Chicago Wolves.

Ben Fanelli keeps moving despite brain injury

Here’s an uplifting piece from Kitchener-Waterloo’s The Record on Ben Fanelli, who hasn’t played hockey since suffering a head injury in 2009 but if filling the void by competing in triathlons.

‘The race kind of summarized everything I’ve done through the last two years,” Fanelli said after the race.

“Part way through the last two years I could have just given up and moved on to something else — given up hockey — and the entire race you’re thinking ‘should I stop, should I take a breather’ — it’s the exact same thing.

“I never did in hockey, and I never did in the race.”

The 750 metre swim, followed by a 30 kilometre bike and then a final 7.5 kilometre run was more difficult for Fanelli than most of the lean triathletes, as he lugged all six-feet, four-inches and 200 pounds of hockey bulk with him.

But it was all worth it to “fill a kind of void” left when he wasn’t playing for the Rangers last season, and to bring more attention to the brain injury awareness program, Head Strong, he started with the Kitchener Rangers.

The case against trading Jason Spezza

Ottawa Senators blog Silver Seven makes an argument against trading Jason Spezza. Here we thought that contract would prevent any potential Jason Spezza trade actually taking place.

Bruins fans drink more than Celtics fans

There’s reportedly up to 30% more beer sold at Bruins’ games than there is at Celtics’ games. I don’t think anyone should be all that surprised by this.

Donald Brashear apparently tough off the ice, too

Ex-NHL goon Donald Brashear’s MMA career got off to a quick start on Saturday night when Mathieu Bergeron lasted all of 21 seconds at Ringside MMA 11 in Quebec City. Here’s a clip of the fight, which is conveniently soundtracked by some angry and profanity laced DMX:

Stick tap Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy