Alan O'Sullivan

Alan is a journalism student at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. He has a degree in political science and history from the same school, where he focused his studies on international relations and war theory—two disciplines uniquely suited to covering professional sports, obviously.

He can be reached at alanosullivan.email@gmail.com, and followed on Twitter at @alanzero.

Blame for Canucks' first round defeat to the Sharks starts at the top

In the end, it was a disaster which was surprisingly easy to predict. The inconvenient evidence has been accumulating since the trade deadline all the way back in 2012 — when Canucks management...

Playoff Canucks will surprise, for better or worse

We now return to your regularly scheduled programming. The Vancouver Canucks—carrying their usual, cocksure swirl of complete unpredictability—are back playing games into May. Questions of Roberto...

Mike Gillis' very bad, very uncharacteristic year

If there’s a word which summarizes the Mike Gillis and Laurence Gilman philosophical approach to running a sports franchise it would be this: Control. Not in the sense of micromanagement or outright...

Once ‘arrogant’ Canucks now look like they’re just going through the motions

When you get to the end of most long, multi-installment film franchises you’re usually treated to a clumsy pile of recycled, familiar elements that are trotted out to replicate previous successes....

Canucks' stubborn disrespect of the shootout impossible to make sense of

For a team which has gone to so many great lengths in an effort to achieve every possible measure of competitive advantage, the Vancouver Canucks’ carefree and careless approach to the shootout is...

Complacent Canucks riding for a fall

You have to wonder how much Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis identifies with Kevin Spacey’s character in House of Cards. The on-ice product of his hockey team is at once...

Loss of Malhotra leaves Canucks in faceoff 'fancy stat' flux

The line between Manny Malhotra and the need to trade Roberto Luongo sooner rather than later might be finer than anyone realized.  The Vancouver Canucks decision to shut Malhotra down for good...

Canucks' winning ways masking bad habits

Ten games into the season and the following two statements are true simultaneously: Buffalo Sabres’ winger Thomas Vanek is on pace for 99 points in 48 games, and the Vancouver Canucks are on pace for...

Vancouver fans and media suddenly rediscover that Roberto Luongo is an elite goaltender

Breaking news: Roberto Luongo is an elite goaltender – change everything. 

No excuse for Canucks poor play, and Ryan Kesler won't save them

It’s easy to spin the poor play of the Vancouver Canucks into a simple tale of rust and acclimation. The excuses are many. But there's more to this than meets the eye.