Mar 2, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; One of the green men during the first period as the Vancouver Canucks host the Los Angeles Kings at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Where Are They Now? Part V

In this, the latest in a series of Where Are They Now? hockey-inspired articles I have written recently, we take a look at The Green Men, Anson Carter, and Pascal Leclaire.

In Where Are They Now? Part IV, former star goalie Miika Kiprusoff, NHL executive John Muckler, and former highly-coveted prospect Brett Lindros were the focus. Although Lindros does not work in the hockey world anymore, the other two certainly are involved.

The Green Men

When attending a Seattle Seahawks NFL game, Sully and Force thought up the idea of wearing green spandex suits to the game. Unfortunately, Sully’s suit came late, so they wore it to the next Vancouver Canucks game instead. The duo brought entertainment to the Canucks’ opposing penalty box, and after a couple seasons, reached their height when Vancouver went to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011.

The Green Men said that if the Canucks won in 2011, they were going to retire, but if they didn’t, they were not sure of their future. However, they didn’t win, and the duo returned the next season in December. However, since the 2011-12 season, they have not been spotted at as many games. This is likely because they are pursuing their careers in journalism, or because the NHL was upset with them, or just because they couldn’t afford going to so many games. However, the main reason why some people have forgotten about them is because the Canucks were not good last season, and gained little out-of-town revenue from television.

The Green Men still attend games, but hopefully next season the Canucks turn it around so that they will become popular again. Check out their Facebook and Twitter pages to find out what they are up to.

Anson Carter

Carter was a fan favorite in his ten-season NHL career. The Canadian right winger, whose ancestry hails from Barbados, had one of the coolest hairdos in the league.

He played for the Capitals, Bruins, Oilers, Rangers, Kings, Canucks, Blue Jackets, and Hurricanes, but enjoyed most of his success with the Oilers. In 2001-12, he scored 60 points in 82 games, a feat that would earn big-time money in today’s NHL.

After a stint in Switzerland in 2007-08, Carter retired. He is the founder of the label Big Up Entertainment, lives in Atlanta, and made an appearance at the NHL Awards.

Pascal Leclaire

Drafted eighth overall in 2001, Leclaire was supposed to be Columbus’ goaltender of the future. He finally took over as starter of the team in 2006 after Marc Denis got traded. His 2007-08 season was fantastic, and many people thought that he finally reached his potential.

However, subsequent injuries, a rising star named Steve Mason, and a trade to Ottawa forced him out of Columbus, but he was still named the starter for the Senators. However, backup Brian Elliot took over the role.

Unfortunately, Leclaire could not sign with any team before the 2011-12 season, and later retired due to injuries, including his hip at the age of 30.

Leclaire started working for Newport Sport in Quebec, and assists in a youth hockey orientation camp.

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