Word out of the big building that houses two newspapers (yes they still exist) down by the waterfront has veteran sports reporter Elliott Pap clicking his pen for the last time after 40 years in the business.
He will be missed.
For many years Mr. Pap covered the day to day grind on the Canucks beat. Everybody thinks it is a dream job and it’s easy. It is a coveted position, but it is far from simple. To cover the squad for decades takes talent and knowledge.
I spoke with, make that small-talked with Elliott Pap two to three times a week for many years setting up his Sunsational appearances on Dan Russell’s Sportstalk or his guest spots on Canucks hockey broadcasts..
Sometimes in print you do not get a sense of someones personality. On radio, you could pick up on Elliott’s dry wit. Every time the bell gonged, when his chosen theme music, AC/DC’s “Hell Bells” came on it made me laugh.
Pap was at his best in a scrum. The few times I was there, I always waited until Elliott asked his questions because they were not the same cookie cutter queries about “how did you guys think you played?”
Elliott would go there. He did not care if his question ruffled feathers. He did not want to be buddies with the players. He was cheeky. Sports are not always about life or death. Coaches and players would sometimes dismiss him with “I’m not answering that Elliot.” More often than not his question would elicit the plum sound bite/quote of the day.
Enjoy your retirement Elliott and to quote another song from the Brothers Young and Brian Johnson, Mr Pap, for those about to Rock, errr, make that retire, we salute you.
-picture from Twitter