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Recchi the latest to express regret over ripping the Canucks

Jan 5, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

Mark Recchi AP

Just two days prior to the 2011 Stanley Cup rematch between Boston and Vancouver, former Bruin Mark Recchi expressed regret for saying the Canucks were the most arrogant and hated team he’d ever played against.

“I probably shouldn’t have said anything and I wish I wouldn’t have, but that’s what happened and that’s how the series was,” Recchi told The Province. “People know I love B.C. and Vancouver and it was an unbelievable series but there was a lot of dislike on both sides. And it wouldn’t have been a Stanley Cup final if there wasn’t that much dislike — we really didn’t like each other.”

Recchi made his comments on Boston’s 98.5 the Sports Hub back in November. Since then, the trend of dissing the Canucks on local radio — then catching heat for it, then backing off — has really caught on.

In December, Chicago forward Dave Bolland went on WGN Radio and called Daniel and Henrik Sedin “the sisters” before adding Vancouver “[has] a lot of weirdos there.” When his comments came under scrutiny, Bolland explained they were tongue-in-cheek and that he had the utmost respect for the Sedins and the organization.

After his comments, Recchi also had some ‘splaining to do — mostly trying to justify how he could rank the Canucks as the most hated opponent of his 22-year career.

“There was a lot of passion and fire. We had a tough time in the Tampa series because we couldn’t find people to dislike,” Recchi said. “[The Canucks] were a confident group and they handled themselves that way on the ice. We thrived on it because we didn’t like them because of that. It gave us that little extra motivation.”

Publicly, the Canucks haven’t been as responsive to Recchi as they were to Bolland, though defenseman Kevin Bieksa couldn’t resist throwing in his two cents.

“I just don’t get it,” Bieksa said (back in November). “Isn’t [Recchi] retired? Tell him to go play a round of golf or take a nap.”

  1. xxshookonexx - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Two more days for the rematch.

    • xxshookonexx - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      Burrows is sharpening his teeth.

      • rdurk86 - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        Is that easy to do without ever dropping his gloves?

      • imleftcoast - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:14 PM

        Lucic is the guy who never drops the gloves.

  2. davebabychreturns - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Apparently Dr. Recchi arrived at the conclusion that the Canucks are the most arrogant and hated team in the league after consulting a panel of experts selected from the ProHockeyTalk comment section.

  3. jpelle82 - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    like recchi, hate vancouver. but i love bieksa though… “Isn’t [Recchi] retired? Tell him to go play a round of golf or take a nap.”

    f-ing great

    • bigtganks - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      For once I agree with you jpelle82. Bieksa’s great… LOL

  4. 8man - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Yeah. Beating up on Vancouver is so played. Besides, they are playing great and probably going to go deep into the playoffs again.

    So who’s next? Montreal? Columbus? Philly?

  5. solador78 - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    People from Kamloops have an inferiority complex when it comes to Vancouver.

    I would too if my hometown was named after a breakfast cereal.

  6. bertilfox - Jan 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Wasn’t Recchi being conciliatory? I don’t get the hate from Bieksa, I guess. Mark seemed to be somewhat apologetic about possibly starting a fire whose flames have seemingly been fanned ad nauseum regarding what is an excellent hockey team.

    • davebabychreturns - Jan 5, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      The context isn’t really conveyed in the article, Bieksa’s comments were made months ago – soon after Recchi’s comments, and months before Recchi expressed any regret.

  7. drewsylvania - Jan 5, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Let’s see if Bieksa can last as long in the NHL as Recchi.

    • davebabychreturns - Jan 5, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      By the same logic he’s lasted a lot longer than you so I guess you had better wrap things up and move along.

      • spokedjackets - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:46 PM

        You’re right dude, totally apples to apples

  8. pepper2011 - Jan 5, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Bieksa- when you are a HOF’er you can talk. Recchi is gonna score more goals in his career than games you play in yours. when it’s all said and done he will have played more than 1000 games more than you. so yeah, maybe he should be golfing or napping which you were doing when he touring with the cup. How many times is your name on the cup Bieska? you have a flopping, diving, and biting team – your claim to fame is a fluke goal. Now that the Sharks figured out they can abuse your soft team you’re in trouble.

    • bigtganks - Jan 5, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      lol, Pepper criticizing Bieksa for not being Recchi’s equal and having not played “as many” games in the NHL.

      How about “When you’re in the NHL, YOU can talk”

      • spokedjackets - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:50 PM

        And by that stupid ass logic none of us should ever comment on these message boards cause we have never skated with an NHL team. Its a fans opinion, which is what you just left as well, correct?

      • cshearing - Jan 6, 2012 at 7:56 AM

        Okay, bigtanks logic is not the best. That does not change the fact that any time someone says something like “be better or shut your mouth”, they look like idiots. These guys are professional athletes that get mics shoved in their face all the time. Telling them to just shut up is asinine.

  9. spokedjackets - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    I would love it if for once somone would take a jab and leave it at that. No apologies, just speaking your true feelings and never backing down from them.

    • pastabelly - Jan 5, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      Recchi didn’t back off his comments. He just regrets bringing attention to himself by voicing his feelings. He is a future Hall of Famer who probably feels like he should be more of an ambassador of the game who shouldn’t be calling out the Canucks. But his remarks were not made in the heat of battle. He had time to think about his comments and measure them and it’s no secret the Canucks are just not a well liked team.

  10. danphipps01 - Jan 6, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    You know, I remember saying at the time that I had no problem with his comments – if anything, I’ve always enjoyed Recchi’s honesty. But I did have a problem that he said it after retirement. Badmouthing a team when you’re safely above and beyond a fair fight in retribution for talking smack is pretty classless to me. Of course, taken in context, when COULD he have said anything? During the series, I guess, but he was focused on the game at the time. But in those circumstances, I seriously feel you should just leave it. Yeah, you’ve got your opinion. Great. You’re not in the NHL anymore. Laying into another team when you’re an active player is fair, because often enough they’ll have someone drop the gloves with you in your next game – and Recchi, being a stand-up guy, would do it if he was still in the game. But he’s not – and since that’s not possible and you’re out of the game, it seems like the appropriate thing to do is accept that and not go looking for a camera or a radio station to talk shit to.

    That having been said, I’m not surprised that he came back and kind of… not so much backed off of his comments, but put them in a more positive context. Still the same brutally honest guy, but also classy enough to recognize when he may have crossed a line. Good man. Always liked Recchi.

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