VANCOUVER PROSPECTS VS. UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
**Update** Dan Gendur is sick will not participate in tonight's game against the University of Alberta. He is in Edmonton and may take tomorrow's practice as they prepare to play the Edmonton Oiler's prospects.
Cody Hodgson, who has been recovering from a back injury this summer has made the trip with the Canucks prospects but is not expected to play tonight.
Follow the Canucks Report for live updates from tonight's game at 6 p.m (PT) and Thursday night check the Canucks Report for a live stream of tomorrows nights game.
The prospects had a quick half hour skate early this morning at UBC Arena before boarding a plane to Edmonton, Alberta to face off against the University of Alberta Golden Bears.
“I’m pretty excited to get into a game situation,” said Forestburg Alberta native Evan Oberg. “I feel a lot more comfortable in games. Everything happens more fluidly and it’s what we do. I think everybody is anxious to get started.” The 6-foot defenseman clocked 7 goals and 27 assists in 43 games with the University of Minnesota during the 08/09 season.
Despite Oberg’s hometown a mere three hours east of Edmonton, he didn’t grow up rooting for the Edmonton Oilers. Instead, it was the Vancouver Canucks - and Russian right winger and back-to-back Rocket Richard winner Pavel Bure- that Oberg idolized.
At a young age Obergs uncle took him to his first ever hockey game, and from this came one of his most prized possessions - a Canucks hat signed by Bure himself.
“I actually got Bure’s autograph that day and it was one of the best days of my life.” Therefore, coming to Vancouver “was a dream come true," said Oberg and despite other clubs interest in the defenseman Oberg stated, "I couldn't pass [Vancouver] up and I couldn't be happier.”
Behind the bench tonight is Moose coach Scott Arniel. The puck drops 6 p.m. (PT). Follow the Canucks report for live updates.
Tomorrow, September 10, the Prospects travel Leduc, Alberta to face off against the Edmonton Oiler Prospects. The Canucks Report will be streaming live coverage (6 p.m. PT).