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 [email protected], and followed on Twitter at @alanzero.

Kassian rises to power, Canucks clutch first win

If Zack Kassian is still a 'young player learning the game' imagine how good he'll look in another few months or a year. If the 22-year old hadn't been on the ice last night against the Calgary...

Alain Vigneault's recipe for disaster

If there are silver linings perhaps the biggest one is this: There’s just enough time to fly Ryan Kesler to Lourdes and back before the Canucks next game on Wednesday night....

Canucks camp: second-line problems

Opening night against the Anaheim Ducks is less than four days away for the Canucks, and they’re already facing more question marks than fans during their abbreviated free-to-the-public on-ice...

Canucks and NHL face a gloriously chaotic half-season of extra pressure

Hockey Night in Canada announcer Bob Cole has never worked a game so dull or so meaningless that his natural excitability couldn't spruce it up a notch or two or twelve. But in a 2011 playoff series...

Worthless NHL lockout produces little change

It was always going to end this way, with cooperation and compromise begrudgingly conquering greed and bluster.  No one thought the process would take four months, or that the impetus for...

Despite dropping salary cap, Canucks have enviable options

News of gradual progress in the NHL collective bargaining talks continue to seep out, and one of the spicier nuggets this morning is the leagues proposal to grant two compliance buyouts per team...

NHL owners are at war with their own incompetence

The comic absurdity of the NHL lockout has reached new heights. If you still have the stomach for it, consider the following line of argument as it bleeds on into the future.  Throughout this...

Canucks could face sloppy shortened season when lockout ends

If and when the lockout ever ends, and teams race back to the ice with pulled hamstrings and exploding groins everywhere, it would be wise to temper expectations with regards to the local one....

NHL plays dangerous gambit with fans

NHL Deputy Commisioner Bill Daly spooned out a dollop of napalm, and served it up as ice cream.

The Pavel Bure collective memory has no clothes on

There comes a moment in the growth and maturity of something — person, sports franchise, anything — when idealism gives way to reality, and some degree of acceptance and understanding kicks in. Call...