Canadian Corner – July 23, 2011.

Former Canuck Geoff Courtnall deals with depression, the Jets reveal their new logo, and the Canadiens hire two assistant coaches.


VANCOUVER SUN: Lindsay Kines reports on how former Canucks forward Geoff Courtnall dealt with his father’s suicide during his teenage years and his own battle ( and that of brother Russ) with depression and alcoholism, and how he’s controlled his depression through counselling, exercise and a rejuvenated faith.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Depression has also touched some people close to me, so I know first hand the struggles the Courtnalls have faced. I wish them the best in their ongoing recovery and their efforts to raise awareness about mental illness.


WINNIPEG SUN: Kirk Pinton reports the Jets have revealed their new logo and colours.


“True North Sports and Entertainment felt it was important for the new Winnipeg Jets to develop a strong new identity,” True North chairman Mark Chipman said.

“We felt it was important to authenticate the name Jets, and we believe the new logo does that through its connection to our country’s remarkable Air Force heritage, including the rich history and relationship that our city and province have enjoyed with the Canadian Forces.”

SPECTOR’S VERDICT: Thumbs up. Nice, clean logos, honors the city’s link to the Canadian Forces, especially the Air Force. Most pundits and bloggers appear split over this new design, but it appears the majority of fans like it, and that’s ultimately what matters.


MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey reports the Canadiens have promoted Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur, who had coached their AHL affiliate in Hamilton, as their new assistant coaches, while former Rimouski Oceanic coach Clement Jodoin takes over as head coach in Hamilton.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It had been speculated the Habs would’ve preferred to leave those two running the show in Hamilton, but they should also be solid additions to the Canadiens coaching staff.







  1. I love the new jets logo. That’s awesome. I think I have a new second favorite team just because of it. The jet over the maple leaf and the pilot wings with the hockey sticks is sweet! I think it’s great. Not cheesy at all and looks WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY better than their old logo.

    Hopefully the new coaches can help draw up some improved 5-5 and PP plays. Although, I believe a fairly injury free campaign by Markov would vastly improve both areas lol.

  2. I’m not sure about the wings logog on the upper right as a main logo. I think that would be totally awesome as a shoulder patch but I’m not sure of it on the front of a jersey. That said, I do think it is better that the original logo so well done.

  3. I think , this is a great logo & very patriotic to keep our ties with the RCAF ( the F-18 or could be even an F-5 on the Canadian maple leaf is great ) remember Canada’s aerospace companies made 325 of F-5’s in the 1970’s & Bristol Aerospace was a major sub-contractor for the original program & upgrade facility on the F-5 programs of the later 1980’s & 1990’s & they are still in the Winnipeg area ) & how the prairie provinces helped train like 100,000 pilots & aircrew for the RCAF & RAF & other airmen from all over the Commonwealth being trained In the commonwealth flight training initiative during WW:2 . This Speaks volumes on why the Jets should remember this honorable link to the RCAF & all the brave people of Canada’s past. !! Also In Manitoba & Sask. today they have the NATO flight schools teaching pilots from Canada & other Alliances countries & other friendly nations (Singapore,UAE, ) how to fly. This is just great recognition on how the aviation field should be represented on the Winnipeg team’s crest.