by Chris Lingebach

Troy Brouwer, Canadian, was in the midst of explaining the root of the Capitals’ even strength woes on Thursday, when his interview with 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny took a turn for the informative.

Holden took exception with Brouwer’s pronunciation of the word ‘offensive’ and elected to draw attention to it.

Let’s walk through the conversation, and at the same time, take a tour around Canada and it’s varying degrees of accents, led by our our instructor, Troy Brouwer.

Brouwer’s hometown of North Delta is on the southeastern side of Vancouver, which is on the west end of British Columbia. You’ll see why in a second.

“We gotta be able to get those pucks back, try and sustain a little bit more pressure in the O-ffensive zone rather than coming back from the neutral zone and trying to turn the puck over, and trying to go back into the O-ffensive zone and try again, so we need to try and get more sustained pressure, more cycle shifts, and try and work from behind the goal and bring it out and cycle the  pucks into the net, rather than just try to create everything off the rush,” Brouwer said Thursday.

“What’s the O-ffensive goal? I mean, I’ve heard of the offensive, I haven’t heard of the O-ffensive. What is that? Is that a Canadian term?”

“Apparently that’s my Canadian accent,” Brouwer laughed.

“Oh yea, eh?” Kushner said.

“But also, we got some Americans on our team that say ‘offsides’ with an ‘s’ at the end, and I don’t know of too many times that you can ‘offside’ twice in one play.

“You know what, that’s a great point cause it’s not ‘offsides,’” Holden said. “Offside.”

“It’s offside,” Danny said.

“You’re offside,” Brouwer explained. “You’re not offsidezzzzzsssszzzzzz… I don’t know how you can do it twice.”

“That’s awesome, that is awesome,” Danny said. “Hey Troy, where’s the thicker Canadian accent? Cause you’re from Vancouver, right?”

“Yea,” Brouwer said.

“Is it from Vancouver, B.C. or the time you spent in Moose Jaw?” Danny asked. “Where’s the thicker Canadian accent?”

Brouwer spent his developmental (5) years playing for the Moose Jaw Warriors in the Western Hockey League. Good ole’ Moose Jaw is in the lower middle of Saskatchewan, which is the third province inland from the west – wedged between Alberta and Manitoba – somewhere north of Montana and North Dakota.

“Ummmm … I don’t know,” Brouwer said. “I think maybe Moose Jaw. Ummm … it’s just a little bit more prairies out there, a little bit more easygoing, maybe not quite as proper, but where it is the worst is in The Maritimes way out east, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, those guys got real thick accents.”

The Maritime provinces, off the eastern coast of Quebec and south of the Newfoundland and Labrador territory, includes the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

“What about Nunavut?” Holden asked. “Anything out there?”

“Nunavut? Haha,” Brouwer said. “I don’t even know if I’ve lived in Canada while Nunavut was a territory to be honest with you.”

“Nah, I know it’s a new one. But you haven’t talked to anyone from there, huh?” Holden asked.

“I think Tootoo’s (Jordin Tootoo???) from there, but no, I haven’t talked to him for a little while,” Brouwer said.

Nunavut is the largest, northernmost and newest territory of Canada, according to Wikipedia, after officially separating from the Northwest Territories in 1999. It borders Manitoba to the south, the Northwest Territories to the west, then extends northward and outward towards the Arctic Ocean, and into a foreseeable abyss.

Thus concludes this edition of “Learning About Canada” with Troy Brouwer of the Washington Capitals.


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