- Vancouver Canucks
NHL Team | CAN_eng=1
team_name = Vancouver Canucks
bg_color = #003E7E
text_color = #FFFFFF
conference = Western
division = Northwest
founded = 1945 (PCHL)
history = Vancouver Canucks
General Motors Place
Vancouver, British Columbia
media_affiliates = Rogers Sportsnet Pacific
Team 1040 (1040 AM)
team_colors = Blue, Green, White
owner = flagicon|CAN
Canucks Sports and Entertainment
general_manager = flagicon|CAN
head_coach = flagicon|CAN
Victoria Salmon Kings( ECHL)
stanley_cups = zero
conf_titles = 1981-82, 1993-94
division_titles = 1974-75, 1991-92, 1992-93, 2003-04, 2006-07
The Vancouver Canucks are a
professional ice hockeyteam based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League(NHL). They play their home games at the 18,630 capacity General Motors Place.
The Canucks joined the league in 1970 as an expansion team along with the
Buffalo Sabres. In its NHL history, the team has advanced twice to the Stanley CupFinals, but was defeated both times by New York teams: the Islanders in 1982 and the Rangers in 1994.
The Canucks started the tradition of "
Towel Power." During the 1982 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Canucks were playing the Chicago Blackhawkswhen Vancouver coach Roger Neilson, fed up with what he felt was the lousy performance of the officials in the game, placed a white towel on the end of a hockey stick and held it up in a gesture mocking surrender (waving the white flag). The players on the Canucks' bench followed suit, and although Vancouver lost the game, the team's fans appeared at the arena for the next game cheering their team on by waving white towels above their heads. This practice (or variants thereof) has spread to the fan bases of other teams in the league, and even teams in other sports.
Early years (1970-1982)
Vancouver has a very rich hockey tradition. Professional hockey has been played in the city almost continuously since 1911. The city's first professional team, the
Vancouver Millionaires, played for the Stanley Cupfive times, winning the prized trophy in 1915. It was also home to one of the first artificial ice arenas in North America. After the Millionaires disbanded in 1924, Vancouver was a top minor league city for many years, most notably by the Vancouver Canucks, who played from 1945to 1970 in the Pacific Coast Hockey Leagueand minor professional Western Hockey League. In 2000 the Vancouver Giantsjoined the major junior Western Hockey League.
With the NHL's westward expansion, it was a foregone conclusion that big-league hockey would return to Vancouver. In fact, the city was so certain of success that it broke ground for a modern arena, the
Pacific Coliseum, in 1967. However, when a Vancouver group led by WHL Canucks owner and former Vancouver mayor Fred Humemade a bid for one of the six teams due to join the league in 1967, the NHL claimed it was sloppily prepared and turned their application down. Speculation has long abounded that the bid was torpedoed by Toronto Maple Leafsowner Stafford Smythe, who after a failed Vancouver-based business deal was quoted as saying that the city would not get a NHL franchise in his lifetime, and with the Montreal Canadienspurportedly did not wish to split CBC hockey income three ways rather than two. ["Total Hockey," ed. Dan Diamond (1998), Andrews McMeel, p. 251.]
Three years later, another Vancouver group made a new presentation, and was awarded an expansion franchise for the price of six million dollars (four million dollars more than it would have cost in 1967). The new ownership group purchased the WHL Canucks, and joined the league along with the
Buffalo Sabresfor the 1970-71 season. Ex-Ranger centre Orland Kurtenbachwas named the Canucks' first-ever captain, and the team played its inaugural game against the Los Angeles Kingson October 9, 1970, in which Barry Wilkinsscored the first goal in franchise history. Two days later, the squad netted its first win, a 5-3 defeat of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Despite its location on the west coast, Vancouver was placed in the powerful East Division for its first four seasons. Although the team had a few capable players such as Kurtenbach, defencemen
Dale Tallonand Jocelyn Guevremont, and winger Dennis Ververgaert, it failed to make the playoffs during these early years. Realignment for the 1974 season placed the Canucks in the new Smythe Division, and they responded with their first winning record, finishing first in the division. However, their first playoff series had them squaring off with the Montreal Canadiens, who quickly dispatched them in five games. The Canucks again posted a winning record and made the playoffs the next year, but went down rather meekly to the New York Islandersin a two-game preliminary series.
The Canucks missed the playoffs the two seasons thereafter. These were not without their highlights, however. During these years, star players included slick playmaker Andre Boudrias, who finished first in team scoring four out of the franchise's first five seasons (and finished second by a single point in the other), forward
Don Lever, and Dennis Kearns, to this day the top-scoring defenceman in franchise history.
As it turned out, Vancouver would not have another winning team for sixteen seasons. For most of that time, however, they were much more competitive than their record indicated; they only missed the playoffs six times.
1982 Stanley Cup run
After a dozen years of unremarkable play, the Canucks finally made an impact in the post-season of 1982. After finishing three games under .500 over the course of the regular season, Vancouver flew through the Campbell Conference playoffs, going 11-2 in games against the
Calgary Flames, Los Angeles Kings, and Chicago Black Hawks. It should be noted that despite having a losing record, Vancouver had home ice advantage in the first series, having finished second in the Smythe Division that season behind only the Wayne Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers. The Canucks also had home ice advantage during the second round series against the Kings, after the latter's unbelievable upset of those same Oilers during the first round see|Miracle on Manchester
The Campbell Conference champion Canucks became the Cinderella story of the 1982 playoffs as they made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in MOZZARELLA history. In doing so, they became the first team from
Western Canadato play for the Stanley Cup in 56 years. However, they were promptly swept in four games by the heavily-favoured defending champion New York Islanders, disappointingly losing the final game on home ice. That season would prove to be the last one in which Vancouver proved victorious in a playoff series until 1992.
Decline and resurgence (1982-1994)
After their improbable
Stanley Cuprun, the Canucks slipped back into mediocrity for the rest of the 1980s, making the playoffs only four times for the rest of the decade. For most of the second half of the 1980s, they had to fight the Los Angeles Kingsfor the final playoff spot in the Smythe Division. Whenever they did make the playoffs, they were promptly ousted by the dominant Edmonton Oilers(in 1986) or now-powerful Calgary Flames(in 1983, 1984 and 1989). Due to the way the playoffs were structured, the Canucks faced the certainty of having to get past either the Oilers, Flames, or both to get to the Conference Finals.
Notable players during the 1980s included diminutive (though long-serving) team captain
Stan Smyl, who retired the franchise leader in most scoring categories; Swedish imports Thomas Gradinand Patrik Sundstrom; penalty minute king Tiger Williams(who led the NHL in penalty minutes during two of his seasons with the Canucks); hard-rock defenceman Harold Snepsts(one of the most popular players in franchise history); and high-scoring right winger Tony Tanti.
Following the acquisition of
Pat Quinnas general manager in 1988, the Canucks rose to prominence in the early 1990s. This rise to power came roughly around the time the Oilers and Flames began to sink in the standings. Unlike the league's other Canadian teams, the Canucks thrived in the new environment created by the rise in player salaries. Paced by players such as new captain Trevor Linden, goalie Kirk McLean, and high-scoring sensation Pavel Bure(nicknamed the "Russian Rocket"), the Canucks won two consecutive regular-season division titles in 1992 and 1993, though they would be eliminated by the Oilers and Kings during the playoffs, in that order.
1994 Stanley Cup run
In 1994 the Canucks made their second trip to the Finals, entering the playoffs as the seventh seed in the newly renamed Western Conference. The club had what could be characterized as an off-year during the regular season, but resumed their form during the playoffs. Drawing a first-round matchup with the rival
Calgary Flames, the Canucks were victorious in an incredible seven-game series. After trailing the series three games to one, Geoff Courtnalland Trevor Lindenwon Games 5 and 6 for Vancouver in overtime. Again forcing overtime in Game 7, goaltender Kirk McLean made "The Save", a defining moment in team history, stacking pads on the goal line to stop a near-perfect setup by Theoren Fleuryand Robert Reichel, saving the Canucks from elimination. Pavel Burescored the series-winning goal on a breakaway in the second overtime.
Following this massive upset, the Canucks went on to defeat both the
Dallas Starsand Toronto Maple Leafsin five games before meeting the Presidents' Trophy-winning New York Rangersin the Stanley Cup Finals. Vancouver achieved victory in Game 1 by a score of 3-2 in overtime, largely in part to a 52-save performance by goaltender McLean. After losing Games 2, 3 and 4, the Canucks won Games 5 and 6 to force a seventh game at Madison Square Garden. Despite a frenzied effort by team captain Linden, who scored two goals (one on a shorthanded breakaway), the Rangers would prevail with a score of 3-2, a loss made more disappointing due to Nathan LaFayetteand Martin Gelinas hitting the Ranger goalpost in the dying minutes of the game. The loss was followed by a riot in downtown Vancouver by disappointed fans, many of whom couldn't hold their rage and decided to trash the inner city.Fact|date=August 2007 Following the riots, the Canucks held a rally at BC Placeattended by 40,000 fans, who congratulated the team for their effort.
Return to mediocrity (1994-2001)
After the 1994 playoff run, Vancouver continued to be a force for the next two seasons. Expectations were high and the team would soon move into its new arena,
General Motors Place. Head coach Quinn stepped down to focus on his duties as a general manager, and was replaced by assistant Rick Ley, who was later succeeded by Tom Renney. Russ Courtnalland Alexander Mogilnywere acquired via trade from the Dallas Starsand Buffalo Sabres, respectively, in an effort to further improve offence; Russ was reunited with his brother Geoff, and Alexander was reunited with his former CSKA Moscow linemate, Pavel Bure. However, the team was swept in the second round by the Chicago Blackhawksin 1995 and defeated in the first round by the Stanley Cup-winning Colorado Avalanchein 1996, a season in which Bure suffered a season-ending injury early on. During the 1996-97 season, Bure suffered another season-ending injury, and despite strong performances by players such as Martin Gelinas and Mogilny, the Canucks missed the playoffs.
In the 1997 off-season, the Canucks made a big splash and signed free agent
Mark Messierto a lucrative three-year deal. Also during the off-season was a change upstairs; GM Pat Quinn was fired and replaced with a management committee. Renney was fired and Mike Keenan assumed coaching and general manager duties; when given the latter power, he split up the core of the 1994 team, even trading away fan-favorite and until then, career-Canuck, Trevor Linden to the New York Islanders; this trade would net the Canucks future impact player Todd Bertuzzi. Later on in the season, Brian Burke assumed the duty of general manager, after a stint as NHL vice-president.
Suffering their worst season of the decade in 1998-99, Keenan was fired midway through and replaced with
Marc Crawford(who had won the Stanley Cup with the 1996 Colorado Avalanche). Pavel Bure, unhappy with playing in Vancouver, held out for the season, and was dealt to the Florida Panthersin a blockbuster deal which landed the Canucks blue-chip defenceman Ed Jovanovski. The Canucks missed the post-season again, but the payoff for the dreadful season was the chance to draft future stars Daniel and Henrik Sedinsecond and third overall in the Entry Draft that year.
During the 1999-00 season, expectations were low for the Canucks. However, they surprised all by fighting for a playoff spot during the entire season, only dropping out of the hunt on the second to last game. Several players showed signs of the superstars they would become, notably,
Todd Bertuzziand Markus Naslund. Alexander Mogilny was traded to the New Jersey Devils for Denis Pedersonand future offensive stalwart, Brendan Morrison. At season's end, Messier would leave to return to the Rangers, and Naslund was selected to be the new captain of the team.
"West Coast Express" years (2001-2005)
Under new general manager Burke and new coach Crawford, the Canucks had once again become a playoff contender. The team held their training camp in Stockholm in 2000, and participated against Swedish and Finnish teams in the
NHL Challenge. These years were the heyday of the "West Coast Express" line, which consisted of high-scoring left-winger Markus Naslund, centre Brendan Morrison and power-forward right wing Todd Bertuzzi.
The rebuilt Canucks team returned to the playoffs in 2001 (capturing the eighth and final position on the last day of the season), appearing in the playoffs for the first time since 1996. Being the eighth seed, the weaker Canucks drew the powerful, first-place Colorado Avalanche as opponents; the Avs dominated the Canucks in the absence of Naslund, who had suffered a broken leg during the season. The following season saw the return of exiled captain
Trevor Linden, and another matchup with the top seed in the West, this time the Detroit Red Wings. This series was highlighed by a surprising 2-0 series lead taken by Vancouver, which was erased, following a weak goal allowed by netminder Dan Cloutierfrom centre ice shot by Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom. Detroit would win the next four games en route to a Stanley Cup championship.
2003 saw personal highs in the Canucks organization; Naslund finished the season with 104 points, enough for second-highest in the league. Bertuzzi finished fifth with 97. In goal, Cloutier posted a franchise record 7 shutouts. Winning a playoff series for the first time in eight years against the St. Louis Blues, a 3-1 series lead against the upstart
Minnesota Wildwould crumble away as the Wild won three straight, completing their second upset of the playoffs after defeating Colorado in Round one. In 2004, Todd Bertuzzi would damage, some say irreparably, his reputation after his on-ice sucker punch from behind of Steve Mooreof the Colorado Avalanche, suspension for the remainder of the regular seaon and playoffs. (To this day, the issue has not been settled.) His early exit from the season that year, and an injury to Dan Cloutier during the playoffs, resulted in Vancouver's first round loss to the Calgary Flames, who would go on to compete in the Stanley Cup Finals.
It was Brian Burke who coined the phrase "Goalie Graveyard", when referring to the Canucks' long-standing history of having troubles between the pipes. Before the lockout of 2004-05, Burke did not have his contract renewed by the Canucks and was replaced by
Dave Nonis, who had been assistant general manager and Director of Hockey Operations. Burke was then hired by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
The 2005-06 season began with much promise; some hockey analysts picked the Canucks as
Stanley Cupfavourites. Under new general manager Nonis, free agent activity in the summer prior to the 2005-06 season saw players such as Anson Carterand Richard Parkarrive in Vancouver. However, the team failed to meet expectations and completed the regular season in a disappointing 9th place in their Conference — narrowly missing a playoff position to the Edmonton Oilers; this caused debate about the effect of the point awarded for an overtime or shootout loss, recently instituted by the NHL. The season was characterized by under-achieving play, most notably in the first line of Naslund, Bertuzzi, and Morrison, which was expected to produce higher point totals under the new league rules. Morrison had a career-high 84 penalty minutes. Meanwhile, his wingers, Bertuzzi and Naslund, had a combined -37 in Plus/Minus Rating. Vancouver's highest-scoring line was the second line of Carter and the Sedin twins.
Alain Vigneault era (2006–present)
On April 25, 2006, the Canucks fired Crawford; he was hired by the
Los Angeles Kings. Alain Vigneault, who had just coached Vancouver's AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, to a 102-point season, was hired as his replacement on June 20, 2006.
The re-building of the Canucks continued just three days after Vigneault's hiring, when Nonis completed a blockbuster trade with the
Florida Panthers, trading Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan Allen and Alex Auldfor Roberto Luongo, Lukas Krajicek and a sixth-round draft pick (Sergei Shirokov) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Florida fan-favourite Luongo initially claimed to be "surprised" with being traded. He later signed a long-term 4-year, $27-million deal with the Canucks, which includes a no-trade clause after the first year, tying him with Chicago Blackhawks' Nikolai Khabibulinas the highest paid goaltender in the NHL and showing the Canucks' clear intention of making Luongo a franchise goalie. With the acquisition of Luongo, previous starting goaltender Dan Cloutier was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings on July 5, 2006.
On April 7, 2007, the Canucks won the Northwest Division title for the second time in three seasons with an overtime win over the
San Jose Sharks. The win also gave Luongo his 47th win of the season, tying him for the previous single-season win record with Bernie Parent, which had been eclipsed during the same season by New Jersey Devilsnetminder Martin Brodeur.
The Canucks opened the 2007 playoffs with a quadruple-overtime win against their first-round opponents, the Dallas Stars. The game was the longest in club history and the sixth longest in league history. Also in this game, the Canucks set a record for shots against, allowing 76. In seven games, the Canucks prevailed despite a lack of goal-scoring; Stars goalie
Marty Turcorecorded three shutouts in the series, becoming the only goalie to earn three shutouts in a losing effort. Advancing to the second round, the team was defeated by the Stanley Cup-winning Anaheim Ducksin five games. Following the playoffs, coach Vigneault received the Jack Adams Awardfor his efforts in the Canucks' 49-win season.
The 2007-2008 season did not begin especially well, with key injuries beginning from training camp. Defensemen
Sami Saloand Lukas Krajicekwere both injured in October, while Kevin Bieksawas severely cut by the skate blade of Vernon Fiddlerof the Nashville Predatorson November 1. The trade deadline saw only one change for the team, with agitating left-winger Matt Cookebeing traded to the Washington Capitalsfor left-winger Matt Pettinger. During the nine-game season-finale at the end of the season, the Canucks were again without Ohlund, who had suffered bone chips in his knee; as well, they lost promising rookie forward Mason Raymondto an MCLsprain and Morrison, again, to an ACL tear. Coming up short in these crucial games, the Canucks missed the playoffs for the second time in three years, coming up three points short. The final game of the season, played on home ice, saw the retiring Trevor Lindenhailed as the first star of the game and given a standing ovation on a 7-1 loss to the Calgary Flames.
On April 14, 2008, the Canucks management fired general manager
Dave Nonis. Nine days later, former player agent Mike Gilliswas named as his replacement. [cite web|publisher = canucks.nhl.com| url = http://canucks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=361395| title=Vancouver Canucks - News: Vancouver Canucks NameMike Gillis General Manager|accessdate = 2008-04-25 ] The 2008 off-season has thus far seen several losses from the Canucks ranks. On May 29, 2008, the Vancouver Canucks tragically lost promising young prospect, Luc Bourdon, a defenseman picked 10th overall in the 2005 entry draft who died in a motorcyclecrash near his hometown of Shippigan, New Brunswick. Long-time Canuck Trevor Lindenofficially retired on June 11, 2008. July 3, 2008, saw the loss of Canuck captain and all-time leading scorer Markus Naslund to the New York Rangers. July 7, 2008, saw the loss of another long-time Canuck, Brendan Morrison, who signed a deal with the Anaheim Ducks.
Despite the losses, on July 4, 2008, the Canucks traded for highly regarded young forward
Steve Bernierfrom the Buffalo Sabresin exchange for draft picks. The Canucks signed Bernier on July 8, 2008, for $2.5 million over 1 year after matching an offer sheet made by the St. Louis Blues. On July 10, 2008, the Canucks signed free agent Pavol Demitrato a 2 year contract worth $8 million. The Canucks have also added more grit players such as Darcy Hordichuk.
On September 30, 2008, Mike Gillis announced that Roberto Luongo will be the captain of the Vancouver Canucks. This is the first time since
Bill Durnanof the Montreal Canadiensin 1947 that a goaltender has been named the captain of their NHL team. Luongo quotes, "It really doesn't change anything for me. It's a matter of people knowing I'm captain. At the same time, I'm sure it involves a lot more stuff off the ice." [cite web|url=http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5gbM6iooHTC_rJgVNZF71Bf2isUDQ|title=Canucks break tradition, NHL rules, in naming Luongo team captain|publisher= The Canadian Press|accessdate=2008-09-30] [cite web|url=http://www.hockeygoalies.org/awards/captains.html|title=Goaltenders who have served as NHL Captains|publisher=HockeyGoalies.org|accessdate=2008-09-30]
From 1988 to 1997, the Vancouver Canucks were owned by shrewd local businessman and philanthropist
Arthur Griffiths, who had inherited the ownership from his father, Frank. However, he was forced to sell his majority interest in the Canucks after overextending his resources trying to build a new arena, General Motors Place. As a result, he sold his majority share to American billionaire John McCaw.
On November 17, 2004, the Aquilini Investment Group, headed by
Francesco Aquilini, purchased a 50% share in Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment (the owners of both the Canucks franchise and General Motors Place) from John McCaw. Prior to the sale, Aquilini and two business partners, Tom Gaglardi and Ryan Beedie, had negotiated with Orca Bay for several months without concluding an agreement. In January 2005, Gaglardi and Beedie filed a lawsuit against Aquilini and Orca Bay, alleging that Aquilini and Orca Bay had acted in bad faith in concluding a deal using information obtained from their joint offer.
On November 8, 2006, Aquilini, along with his brothers Roberto and Paolo, purchased the remaining 50% of the Vancouver Canucks and General Motors Place from McCaw. [TSN.ca, [http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=183451&hubname=nhl Aquilini group buys rest of Canucks] ] ["Business in Vancouver" November 14-20, 2006, issue 890, p. 1.]
In May 2007, Gaglardi and Beedie's civil lawsuit over Aquilini's purchase reached the
Supreme Court of British Columbia. The court ruled for Aquilini, on January 10, 2008. The court held that there was no legal partnership between Aquilini, Beedie, and Gaglardi, and that McCaw was free to sell the team to anyone he wished. [ [http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/westcoastnews/story.html?id=05446696-3c84-40bb-9423-cf14a8021a90 Court feud yields a rare look into Canucks' backroom dealing] By Ian Mulgrew. Vancouver Sun, B1. May 8, 2007.]
Logos and jerseys
The team has gone through thirteen different logo and jersey changes in its history.
The team's first NHL jerseys, worn from the inaugural season of 1970-71 (modified for the 1972-73 season) until the end of the 1977-78 season, featured a blue rink-shaped rectangle with a hockey stick in it forming the letter "C", designed by North Vancouver artist, Joe Borovich. A modified version of this logo is still in use, as a shoulder patch on the team's current jerseys.
In 1978, aiming for a more aggressive image, the organization asked a San Francisco design agency, Beyl & Boyd, to design new outfits. These new outfits consisted of a huge yellow, red-orange, and black striped "V" coming down from the shoulders (suggesting "victory", according to its designers). It is generally considered to be one of the worst uniforms in NHL history (hockey writer Stephen Cole referred to it looking like 'a punch in the eye').
The "Flying V" theme was abandoned in 1985, to feature the team's emblem on the front rather than the "V" (the emblem had previously been worn only on the arms). The logo consisted of the word "Canucks" in a diagonal slant as part the blade of a skate. The logo, with its laser-like design, was sometimes referred to as the "
Star Wars" logo, the "waffle iron", the "plate of spaghetti", and most commonly, the "Flying Skate". The yellow home jerseys were scrapped in 1989 in favor of more conventional white ones, and the triangular shoulder stripes which adorned the post-"V" jerseys were discarded as well. The new incarnation was worn from 1989-92, when a subtle change was made — and went largely unnoticed for the rest of the jersey's lifespan. The orange was changed to red, and the deep "gold" colour was changed to a much brighter yellow, reportedly because jersey-maker CCM no longer produced the required hues. In 1996, an alternate jersey was introduced, retaining the "Flying Skate" logo, but using a salmon colour graduating to black near the bottom.
In 1997 the Canucks unveiled a new logo, in which a
Haida-style orca (killer whale) breaking out of a patch of ice forms a stylized "C". The logo has been much-maligned, accused of being a blatant reference to their parent company, Orca Bay(now Canucks Sports and Entertainment). At the time, general manager Pat Quinndiscussed wanting to have a West Coast colour scheme, and overall West Coast themes in the logo; the colour scheme included blue, red, and silver. Beginning in 2001, an alternate jersey was utilized, with contrasting shoulder patches and a blue-to-maroon graduated colour in the body. In 2006 these gradient-coloured alternate jerseys were officially replaced with the popular, royal blue "Stick-in-Rink" uniforms from the 1970s.
Little more than halfway through the 2006-07 season, the Canucks announced that they would be changing their jerseys once again. While a report in February 2007 suggested the new scheme would be revealed on August 1, 2007, the new jersey was actually unveiled prior to training camp, on August 29, 2007. It featured the same orca design present on their previous jerseys, but the colour scheme was updated to their "retro" colours of royal blue and kelly green. Additionally, the word "Vancouver" was added to the chest area above the orca. This move was seen as a way to connect the NHL Canucks team to that of the WHL team, whose members wore uniforms with the word "Canucks" along the top in a similar arched design. The actual jerseys themselves were changed to the
Rbk Edgedesign, along with all other teams in the NHL. The introduction was largely greeted with disappointment from fans and sports commentators, who criticized the uniforms for looking like a "copy and paste" of those from the past. "The Vancouver Sun" described the new look as "decidedly unpopular." [Citation
title =Uniform unveiled
newspaper =The Vancouver Sun
date =August 29, 2007
url =http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=11779383-25dc-4494-9d4a-428dfeb1b97d&k=31762 ]
After a relationship with
CKNWstretching since the Canucks joined the NHL in 1970, the Canucks entered into a new radio broadcast deal in 2006 with The Team 1040 -- an AM sports/talk station. John Shorthousecontinues to call the play-by-play, as he has since 1999. He is joined with colour commentary by Tom Larscheid, who has been with the broadcasts since 1977. The games air on 14 stations across British Columbia. In addition to national TVbroadcasts on Hockey Night in Canadaand on TSN, the Canucks also have arrangements with Rogers Sportsnet Pacific to air 47 games (as of 2007-08 season). Additional games air on pay-per-view. On Friday, May 25, 2007, the Canucks and Sportsnet signed a multi-year contract that will keep the channel as the club's primary broadcaster. Under the agreement, Sportsnet Pacific will air 47 games in the 2007-08 NHL seasonand beginning this year select games will be broadcasted in HD for the first time ever. [ [http://www.canucks.com/pressreleases.asp?sectionID=31&id=719 Rogers Sportsnet Continues as Home of Canucks Hockey with 47 Games in 2007-08] Retrieved on May 25, 2007.]
"This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Canucks. For the full season-by-season history, see
Vancouver Canucks seasons"
"Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes"
Records as of April 6, 2008. [Hockeydb.com, [http://hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/teamseasons.php?tid=39 Vancouver Canucks season statistics and records.] ]
:1 As of the
2005–06 NHL season, all games will have a winner; the OTL column includes SOL (Shootout losses).
"Note: This list currently includes the NHL captains only. "
Orland Kurtenbach, 1970-74
*No captain, 1974-75
*Andre Boudrias, 1975-76
Chris Oddleifson, 1976-77
Don Lever, 1977-79
*Kevin McCarthy, 1979-82
Stan Smyl, 1982-90
Dan Quinn, Doug Lidster& Trevor Linden, 1990-91 (tri-captains)
Trevor Linden, 1991-97
Mark Messier, 1997-2000
*Markus Naslund, 2000-08
Roberto Luongo, 2008- "present"
"Hall of Famers";Players
Andy Bathgate, C, 1952-54 & 1968-70, inducted 1978
Johnny Bower, G, 1954-55, inducted 1976
Tony Esposito, G, 1967-68, inducted 1988
Igor Larionov, C, 1989-92, inducted 2008
Mark Messier, C, 1997-2000, inducted 2007
Cam Neely, RW, 1983-86, inducted 2005
Allan Stanley, D, 1953-54, inducted 1981
Gump Worsley, G, 1953-54, inducted 1980
Frank Griffiths, Owner, 1974-94, inducted 1993
Jake Milford, General Manager, 1977-82, inducted 1984
Roger Neilson, Assistant/Head coach, 1981-84, inducted 2002
Bud Poile, General Manager, 1970-73, inducted 1990
Jim Robson, Radio, 1960-94; TV, 1985-99, inducted 1992
Stan Smyl, RW, 1978-91, number retired November 3, 1991
Wayne Gretzky, number retired league-wide February 6, 2000
"Notes: The number 11 of
Wayne Maki(LW, 1970-73) was unofficially retired by the team following his untimely death in May 1974. Mark Messier(C, 1997-2000) is the only Canucks player to wear it since. The number 16 of Trevor Linden(C-RW, 1989-98 & 2001-08) will be retired in a ceremony on December 17, 2008. [cite news | title=Canucks to Host Trevor Linden Night | author=Vancouver Canucks | work=NHL.com | url=http://canucks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=381083 | date=September 4, 2008 | accessdate=2008-09-05]
First-round draft picks
These are the last ten first-round draft picks for the Vancouver Canucks.
Daniel Sedin(2nd overall) & Henrik Sedin(3rd overall)
*2000: Nathan Smith (23rd overall)
R. J. Umberger(16th overall)
Ryan Kesler(23rd overall)
Cory Schneider(26th overall)
Luc Bourdon(10th overall)
Michael Grabner(14th overall)
*2007: Patrick White (25th overall)
Cody Hodgson(10th overall)
Franchise scoring leaders
These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.
"Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game; * = current Canucks player"
Awards and trophies
Franchise individual records
*Most goals in a season:
*Most assists in a season:
*Most points in a season:
*Most penalty minutes in a season:
*Most points in a season, defenceman:
*Most points in a season, rookie:
*Most wins in a season:
*Most shutouts in a season:
*Lowest GAA in a season(min 30 GP):
*Best SVP% in a season(min 30 GP):
* [http://canucks.nhl.com/ Official website of the Vancouver Canucks]
* [http://www.canuckscentral.com/ Canucks Central]
* [http://www.canuckboosters.org/ Vancouver Canucks Booster Club]
* [http://www.generalmotorsplace.com/ General Motors Place website]
* [http://canucks.vcfrontline.com/ Vancouver Canucks stats database]
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