Vancouver Canucks

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Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Canucks logo
founding 1945
history Vancouver Canucks
since 1945
Stadion Rogers Arena
Location Vancouver , British Columbia
Team colors Blue, green, silver, white
league Pacific Coast Hockey League
Western Hockey League
National Hockey League
(since 1970)
Conference Western Conference
division Pacific Division
Head coach CanadaCanada Travis Green
Team captain CanadaCanada Bo Horvat
General manager CanadaCanada Jim Benning
owner Canucks Sports & Entertainment
Cooperations Utica Comets ( AHL )
Kalamazoo Wings ( ECHL )
Stanley Cups no
Conference title 1981/82 , 1993/94 , 2010/11
Division title 1974/75 , 1991/92 , 1992/93 ,
2003/04 , 2006/07 , 2008/09 ,
2009/10 , 2010/11 , 2011/12 ,

The Vancouver Canucks ( IPA : [ væn.ˈkuːvɚ kəˈnʌks ]; slang term for Canadians Canuck ) are a Canadian ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League from Vancouver in the province of British Columbia . On May 22, 1970, the commitment to Vancouver was awarded, which finally took up play in the NHL at the beginning of the 1970/71 season after the team had been active in other leagues since 1945 . The team colors are blue, green, silver and white.

The Canucks play their home games at Rogers Arena and are one of only seven franchises based in Canada. There have been three sporting highlights in Canucks history over the years. In 1982 the team surprisingly reached the final series of the Stanley Cup for the first time . After many years of mediocrity, they made it back to the top tier of the league in the early 1990s. In 1994 and 2011, the team moved back into the final series, but the title was again denied.


Vancouver has a long history in ice hockey. In the first stadium with artificial ice in western Canada, the Vancouver Millionaires won the Stanley Cup in 1915 . Teams from the West were not allowed to participate in the NHL for a long time. When the NHL ended the " Original Six " era in 1966 and six new teams accepted, the Vancouver City Fathers were hopeful that the city would be home to an NHL team. When the NHL chose six cities in the United States , it was disappointing. All of Canada complained about further US Americanization of the NHL. Three years after the major expansion, new teams were about to be added. On May 22, 1970, the NHL awarded one of the two new franchises to Vancouver.

Early Years (1970–1978)

The Vancouver Canucks' first NHL logo from 1970 to 1978

As the name for the new franchise, those responsible decided on Vancouver Canucks, a name that the city's most famous team had been using since 1945. This had initially played in the Pacific Coast Hockey League and from 1952 until the preseason in the Western Hockey League . In the draw for the first right to vote in the NHL Expansion Draft in 1970 and in the NHL Amateur Draft in 1970, the Canucks were subject to the other new team, the Buffalo Sabers . The new franchise had cost the owners of the Canucks around Tom Scallen six million dollars, for which they were allowed to select 20 players from the other NHL teams in the 1970 NHL Expansion Draft. The twelve old teams, however, had the right to block a certain number of players, i.e. not make them available for this election, so that they could keep their most important players. The six teams that had entered the NHL three years earlier had only paid two million dollars at the time.

Among the selected players were Orland Kurtenbach , Rosaire Paiement , Wayne Maki and André Boudrias, the later stars of the early years. Also worth mentioning is the signing of Pat Quinn , who would return as coach and general manager in later years. The impact of the losing lottery for the first draft right in the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft had a greater impact. The Sabers got Gilbert Perreault with the first draft law , who should develop into one of the great players of his time. The Canucks' first pick, Dale Tallon , also developed into a solid player in the roster, but he didn't come close to Perreault's class. Attempts have also been made to show fans some familiar faces from the Canucks roster in the WHL. Murray Hall and Ted Taylor were among the most successful.

On October 9, 1970, the Canucks completed their first game in front of 15,062 spectators and lost 3-1 to the Los Angeles Kings . Defender Barry Wilkins scored the first goal for the Canucks . Two days later, the team defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 with two goals from Wayne Maki . The first away win could be celebrated on November 5, 1970 at 4-1 in Buffalo against the Sabers. Goalkeeper Dunc Wilson parried a penalty shot this game .

The best scorer in the early years was André Boudrias . With Don Lever and Dennis Ververgaert , good young players had joined the squad through the draft. In the 1974/75 season Vancouver reached the playoffs for the first time as the best team in the Smythe Division . Opponents were the Montréal Canadiens , an overpowering opponent at the time. A goal from Toronto's Garry Monahan managed to win the second game in Montreal 2-1. After two clear defeats on home ice, the Canucks saved the fifth game in overtime , but a goal from Guy Lafleur sealed the elimination.

The following year, the New York Islanders were opponents of the Canucks in the first playoff round. The Islanders won the "best-of-three" series in two games.

After the team missed the playoffs for the next two years, Tom Scallen sold the franchise to Frank A. Griffith of Western Broadcasting.

Years in yellow-red-black (1978–1996)

The logo, which was clearly changed in color from 1978 to 1996

There have been a number of changes under the new owner. The change in colors was most clearly visible to the outside. After the team had played in blue and white jerseys in the first few years, yellow and black were now the dominant colors.

For the first time, players from Europe were also in the squad. The most successful of the four Swedes who were signed was Thomas Gradin , who was always among the top three scorers of the Canucks for the following seven seasons. In his first year he was only surpassed by Ron Sedlbauer . For the hopeful talent Rick Vaive , the management from Toronto hired the enforcer Tiger Williams , who gave the team robustness.

With Harry Neale , a new coach had also been hired, who ran the franchise from 1978 to 1985, first as a coach and later as general manager. He led the team, in which Stan Smyl had developed into one of the top performers, three times in a row in the playoffs. Against the Philadelphia Flyers and twice the Buffalo Sabers was the end of the line in the first round. A week after an argument with fans in Quebec on March 20, 1982, Neale was suspended from the NHL for ten games. His assistant Roger Neilson took over the team and stayed in office after his success in the first games. For the first time, the Canucks managed to survive the first round of the playoffs. During this time the so-called “White Towel Affair” also occurred . Neilson felt disadvantaged by the referees in the playoffs and protested by waving a white towel. For the next game, Butts Giraud, a local T-shirt seller, distributed 5,000 white towels in the stadium, initiating a custom called "Towel Power" in Vancouver that is still common today . Infected by this spirit, the Canucks reached the final series this season.

"Towel Power" in the Rogers Arena during the 2007 playoffs

The positive thing for the Canucks was that they now had two teams, the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames , which were also based in western Canada. After participating in the finals, Vancouver reached the playoffs four times in the 1980s. In the first round, the Flames were three times and the Oilers were once. The top performers during this period included Patrik Sundström , Petri Skriko and Tony Tanti . Cam Neely could not meet the expectations that had been set. The tough attacker never managed to score more than 40 points in his three seasons with the Canucks. Those responsible believed they had signed a new adequate replacement for him in Barry Pederson . Pederson had two good seasons in Vancouver, but could not build on these performances, while Neely advanced to a key player of the team in Boston.

Those in charge showed more foresight when they secured the rights to some Soviet players early on in the draft. The Canucks were able to fall back on Igor Larionov in the 1989/90 season and on Pawel Bure from the 1991/92 season . After Vancouver could knock out the Winnipeg Jets twice in a row in the first playoff round, the team lost to the Edmonton Oilers and a year later to the Los Angeles Kings .

With players like Trevor Linden , Geoff Courtnall , Cliff Ronning and goalkeeper Kirk McLean , the Canucks survived the first round in the 1993/94 season . First, the team defeated the Calgary Flames, who won three of the first four games, but with goals in overtime by Courtnall, Linden and Bure, the Canucks decided the last three games and thus the series. In five games the team prevailed against the Dallas Stars and the favorite Toronto Maple Leafs could not stop them on their way to the final. There they met the New York Rangers , who had seven players in their squad who had already won the Stanley Cup with the Edmonton Oilers . The series ran the full distance of seven games. The Canucks lost the decisive game 3-2.

The again missed title aroused further ambition in the Canucks. They gave, among other things, Mike Peca and a first-round draft right to put Alexander Mogilny another star at the side of Pawel Bure. However, the hoped-for success did not materialize.

Upheavals and successes (1996-2011)

In 1998 a new general manager ( Brian Burke ) and trainer ( Marc Crawford ) were appointed. With these also achieved some successes, for example the division title was achieved in 2004, but they failed in the first round of the playoffs at the Calgary Flames. After the 2005/06 season another upheaval followed after Marc Crawford was replaced by Alain Vigneault in the dugout and the top performers Ed Jovanovski , Anson Carter , Todd Bertuzzi and goalkeeper Dan Cloutier left the team. The Canucks brought goalkeeper Roberto Luongo to Vancouver, who had not achieved the desired success with his old team, the Florida Panthers . In the 2006/07 season , the Canucks failed in the second playoff round at the eventual Stanley Cup winner Anaheim Ducks , after they had previously defeated the Dallas Stars in a series of seven games, including the sixth longest game in NHL history, a 5-4 win after 138:06 minutes. In the 2007-08 season , the team missed the playoffs and general manager Dave Nonis was replaced by Mike Gillis . For the first time in 17 years, the team managed to reach the final of the Stanley Cup in the 2010/11 season .


season Audience
Entry price
1989/90 15,417
1990/91 15,150
1991/92 15,768
1992/93 15,418
1993/94 15,226
1994/95 13,932 $ 41.03
1995/96 17,795 $ 36.40
1996/97 17,320 $ 36.13
1997/98 16,986 $ 36.09
1998/99 15,803 $ 36.09
1999/00 14,642 $ 40.01
2000/01 17,017 $ 46.80
2001/02 17,713 $ 39.27
2002/03 18,396 $ 39.72
2003/04 18,632 $ 50.03
2004/05 - -
2005/06 18,630 $ 54.08
2006/07 18,630 $ 58.96
2007/08 18,630 $ 71.39
The Pacific Coliseum, home of the Canucks from 1970 to 1995
The Rogers Arena, the current venue

The Canucks have played their home games since 1995 in the Rogers Arena , a multifunctional arena with a capacity of 18,630 . The naming rights to the arena were held by the US automobile company General Motors from the opening of the hall until 2010 . These were originally intended to run through 2015 and result in payments from the company of $ 18.5 million. On July 6, 2010 the stadium was renamed "Rogers Arena".

From 1970 to 1995, the club played in the Pacific Coliseum , which opened in 1968 and initially had a capacity of 15,569 for ice hockey events, which has grown to 16,281 over the years. The Pacific Coliseum is located just outside of downtown Vancouver . Even before the team was accepted into the NHL, a team from the Vancouver Canucks played in the Western Hockey League at the Pacific Coliseum. When the Vancouver Blazers came to Vancouver in 1973 in the competitive league, the World Hockey Association , they shared the stadium with the Canucks. When it was foreseeable that a team from the National Basketball Association would also come to the city with the Vancouver Grizzlies , it was decided to build a new hall in the city center.

Audience numbers and entrance fees

In their last season at the Pacific Coliseum in 1994/95, the number of spectators had dropped again significantly. In addition to significantly increased capacity, the new stadium also offered a lower average entry price. This, coupled with the curiosity about the new arena, increased the average attendance significantly. After weak sporting performances had also depressed the average number of spectators in the 1999/2000 season and the prices had been lowered again a year later, the hall was almost always sold out in the following years. This development also had a lasting effect on prices. After a significant increase in prices for the 2006/07 season , tickets now cost almost twice as much as ten years earlier.

Farm teams

The Canucks, like all other NHL teams, also include a team in lower-class leagues , a so-called farm team . In the case of the Canucks, these have been the Utica Comets in the American Hockey League since 2013 . The farm teams are often used in the NHL to prepare the young players and rookies for the NHL games. Like the other clubs, the Canucks draw their offspring primarily through the NHL Entry Draft , through which the most promising young players enter the league every year.

Period team league
1970-1972 Rochester Americans AHL
1972-1975 Seattle totems WHL
1973-1975 Des Moines Capitols IHL
1975-1988 Tulsa Oilers CHL
1975-1985 Fort Wayne Comet IHL
1978-1982 Dallas Black Hawks CHL
1982-1988 Fredericton Express AHL
1985-1987 Kalamazoo Wings AHL
Period team league
1987-1988 Flint Spirits IHL
1988-1993 Milwaukee Admirals IHL
1990-1991 Albany Choppers IHL
1992-1994 Hamilton Canucks AHL
1994-2000 Syracuse crunch AHL
1994-1995 Columbus Chill ECHL
2000-2001 Kansas City Blades IHL
Period team league
2001-2011 Manitoba mosses AHL
2002-2006 Columbia Inferno ECHL
2006-2011 Victoria Salmon Kings ECHL
2011-2013 Chicago Wolves AHL
2011-2015 Kalamazoo Wings ECHL
since 2013 Utica Comets AHL
2015-2017 Alaska Aces ECHL
since 2017 Kalamazoo Wings ECHL

Achievements and honors

Sporting successes

NHL Awards and All-Star Team Nominations

Award Surname season
Art Ross Trophy Henrik Sedin
Daniel Sedin
Calder Memorial Trophy Pavel Bure 1991/92
Frank J. Selke Trophy Ryan Kesler 2010/11
Hart Memorial Trophy Henrik Sedin 2009/10
Jack Adams Award Pat Quinn
Alain Vigneault
King Clancy Memorial Trophy Trevor Linden
Henrik Sedin
Daniel Sedin
2015/16 , 2017/18
NHL Foundation Player Award Trevor Linden * 2007/08
NHL General Manager of the Year Award Mike Gillis 2010/11
NHL Plus / Minus Award Marek Malík ** 2003/04
Lester B. Pearson Award
Ted Lindsay Award
Markus Näslund
Daniel Sedin
William M. Jennings Trophy Roberto Luongo
Cory Schneider
First All-Star Team Pawel Bure
Markus Näslund
Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin
2001/02 , 2002/03 , 2003/04
2009/10 , 2010/11
Second all-star team Kirk McLean
Alexander Mogilny
Daniel Sedin
All-rookie team Jim Sandlak
Trevor Linden
Corey Hirsch
Mattias Öhlund
Brock Boeser

* together with Vincent Lecavalier
** together with Martin St. Louis

NHL All-Star Game Nominations

Abbreviations: GP = games, G = goals, A = assists,
Pts = points

Surname from ... to GP G A. Pts
Markus Näslund 1999-2004 5 3 7th 10
Pavel Bure 1993-1998 4th 4th 4th 8th
Daniel Sedin 2011-2016 3 3 4th 7th
Henrik Sedin 2008–2012 3 1 6th 7th
Ed Jovanovski 2001-2003 3 2 1 3
Mark Messier 1998-2000 2 2 0 2
Dennis Ververgaert 1976-1988 2 1 1 2
Trevor Linden 1991-1992 2 0 2 2
Todd Bertuzzi 2003-2004 2 0 2 2
Bobby Schmautz 1973-1974 2 1 0 1
Harold Snepsts 1977-1982 2 0 0 0
Dale Tallon 1971-1972 2 0 0 0
Kirk McLean 1990-1992 2 - - -

With five appearances for the Canucks, Markus Näslund is the player who can look back on the most appearances in the team's history. With ten points he is also the most successful player. Pawel Bure , who is still the most successful scorer with four goals, was still leading in all categories until 2003.

In the 1971 All-Star Game , rookie Dale Tallon was the first player to compete for Vancouver. 26th National Hockey League All-Star Game , Bobby Schmautz then scored the first hit in an All-Star Game. As the first coach of the Canucks, Roger Neilson coached an all-star team in 1983. Marc Crawford was head coach in 2003 and assistant coach a year later. In 2008, Alexander Edler was the first Canucks player to take part in the YoungStars Game.

During All-Star Game 1977 Vancouver was the first time hosts. Equipped with a new stadium, the All-Star Game took place again in 1998 in the metropolis on Canada's west coast.

In addition to the All-Star Games, there were three other occasions where the NHL provided an All-Star team. At the 1972 Summit Series , Dale Tallon and Jocelyn Guèvremont were two players from Vancouver in the squad, but both were not used. Neither the Challenge Cup 1979 nor the Rendez-vous '87 against the Soviet national team was a Canucks player taken into account.

Franchise records

Selected player records of the franchise over the entire career as well as over individual seasons are listed below.


Henrik Sedin holds various franchise records
Surname number
Most games Henrik Sedin 1,330 (in 17 seasons)
Most consecutive games Henrik Sedin 679 (March 21, 2004 to January 21, 2014)
Most goals Daniel Sedin 393
Most templates Henrik Sedin 830
Most of the points Henrik Sedin 1070 (240 goals + 830 assists)
Most penalty minutes Gino Odjick 2.127
Most shutouts Roberto Luongo 38


Surname number season
Most goals Pavel Bure 60 1992/93
Most templates Henrik Sedin 83 2009/10
Most of the points Henrik Sedin 112 (29 goals + 83 assists) 2009/10
Most points as a rookie Ivan Hlinka
Pawel Bure
60 (23 goals + 37 assists)
60 (34 goals + 26 assists)
Most points as a defender Doug Lidster 63 (12 goals + 51 assists) 1986/87
Most penalty minutes Donald Brashear 372 1997/98
Most wins as a goalkeeper Roberto Luongo 47 2006/07


1970s and 1980s

Abbreviations: GC = games, W = wins, L = defeats, T = draws, OTL = defeats after
overtime , Pts = points, Pts% = point quota

Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T Pts Pts% GC W. L.
Hal Laycoe 1970 / 71-1971 / 72 156 44 96 16 104 .282 - - -
Vic Stasiuk 1972/73 78 22nd 47 9 53 .282 - - -
Bill McCreary 1973/74 * 41 9 25th 7th 25th .219 - - -
Phil Maloney 1973/74 * –1976 / 77 * 232 95 105 32 222 .409 7th 1 6th
Orland Kurtenbach 1976/77 * -1977 / 78 125 36 62 27 99 .288 - - -
Harry Neale 1978 / 79–1981 / 82 * 315 106 144 65 277 .336 10 2 8th
Roger Neilson 1981/82 * –1983 / 84 * 133 51 61 21st 123 .383 21st 12 9
Harry Neale 1983/84 * –1984 / 85 * 92 36 45 11 83 .391 4th 1 3
Bill La Forge 1984/85 * 20th 4th 14th 2 10 .200 - - -
Tom Watt 1985 / 86-1986 / 87 160 52 87 21st 125 .325 3 0 3

* Change during the current season

With Hal Laycoe , the Canucks relied on a coach in their inaugural season who had already gained experience as a player in the NHL and who, after many years as a coach in the Western Hockey League , could look back on 24 games with the Los Angeles Kings . He coached the Vancouver team for two years. He was followed by a long-time, former Canucks player from his time in the WHL after two short coaching assignments with Phil Maloney . He was the first coach who could lead the team into the play-offs. His successor, Orland Kurtenbach , had also played for the team. Harry Neale coached Vancouver for almost four years and reached the play-offs twice, in which the team did not get past the first round. Just before he reached the finals for the third time, there was an incident with fans in Québec that earned him a suspension. His assistant Roger Neilson took over the team and led it into the final series of the Stanley Cup . Neale was promoted to general manager after the season ended. In January 1984 Neale took the position back from Neilson. After a short interlude from Bill LaForge , the Canucks were looked after by Tom Watt for two seasons . Watt had previously worked as Harry Neale's assistant in Vancouver.

Since 1987/88

Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T OTL Pts Pts% GC W. L.
Bob McCammon 1987 / 88–1990 / 91 * 294 102 156 36 - 240 .347 7th 3 4th
Pat Quinn 1990/91 * -1993/94 274 138 108 28 - 304 .504 55 29 26th
Rick Ley 1994 / 95–1995 / 96 * 124 47 50 27 - 121 .379 11 4th 7th
Pat Quinn 1995/96 * 6th 3 3 - - 6th .500 6th 2 4th
Tom Renney 1996 / 97–1997 / 98 * 101 39 53 9 - 87 .386 - - -
Mike Keenan 1997/98 * –1998 / 99 * 108 36 54 18th - 90 .333 - - -
Marc Crawford 1998/99 * –2005 / 06 529 246 189 62 32 586 .465 27 12 15th
Alain Vigneault 2006 / 07–2012 / 13 540 313 170 - 57 683 .632 68 33 35
John Tortorella 2013/14 82 36 35 - 11 83 .506 - - -
Willie Desjardins 2014 / 15–2016 / 17 246 109 110 - 27 245 .498 6th 2 4th
Travis Green since 2017/18 164 66 76 - 22nd 154 .470 - - -

With Pat Quinn , a new general manager took over the team in 1987 and brought to years with frequent coach changes again continuity with the Canucks. Bob McCammon got some time, despite the lack of success, but in 1990 GM Quinn took over the helm himself. He led the team to the 1994 Finals before promoting Rick Ley, his assistant to head coach. In 1996 he took over from him shortly before the end of the season. After Tom Renney and Mike Keenan failed to lead the team into the play-offs, Marc Crawford became the longest-serving coach in Canucks history. He stayed in Vancouver until the end of the 2005/06 season . Alain Vigneault coached the Canucks from summer 2006 until the end of the 2012/13 season . His successor, John Tortorella , was released after just one season. Willie Desjardins was hired as his successor, but only reached the playoffs in his first year and failed there in the first round. After the 2016/17 season, he was relieved of his duties and replaced by Travis Green , who had previously coached the Utica Comets in the AHL for four years .

General manager

Surname season
Bud poile 1970 / 71-1972 / 73
Hal Laycoe 1973/74
Phil Maloney 1974 / 75-1976 / 77
Jake Milford 1977 / 78-1981 / 82
Harry Neale 1982 / 83-1984 / 85
Jack Gordon 1985 / 86-1986 / 87
Surname season
Pat Quinn 1987 / 88-1997 / 98
Brian Burke 1998 / 99–2003 / 04
Dave Nonis 2004 / 05–2007 / 08
Mike Gillis 2008 / 09–2013 / 14
Jim Benning since 2014/15

With Bud Poile , the Canucks had a general manager at the beginning, who had already accompanied a team with the Philadelphia Flyers for the first few years in the NHL. After Poile moved to the World Hockey Association , he was followed by two Canucks coaches before Jake Milford, an experienced general manager of the Los Angeles Kings , was brought in. Under him, Harry Neale was hired as a coach, who moved to the position of GM as head coach at the end of his fourth season. After a short period from Jack Gordon , Pat Quinn became the longest general manager to date. He held the position of general manager for eleven seasons and also accompanied the team for 280 games as a coach. His successor Brian Burke had previously worked in the management of the Canucks. After he gained his first experience as general manager in Hartford, he worked for the NHL for some time. Back in Vancouver, the Sedin brothers' engagement was one of his most important transactions. After Dave Nonis was General Manager for three years, Mike Gillis took over this position in the 2008/09 season . After five seasons, Gillis was fired and Jim Benning was introduced as his successor.


Squad for the 2019/20 season

As of December 26, 2019

No. Nat. player Item Date of birth in org. since place of birth
35 United StatesUnited States Thatcher Demko G 0December 8, 1995 2016 San Diego , California
25th SwedenSweden Jacob Markström G January 31, 1990 2014 Gävle , Sweden
4th CanadaCanada Jordie Benn D. July 26, 1987 2019 Victoria , British Columbia , Canada
23 SwedenSweden Alexander EdlerA. D. April 21, 1986 2006 Ostersund , Sweden
5 SwedenSweden Oscar Fantenberg D. 0October 7, 1991 2019 Ljungby , Sweden
43 United StatesUnited States Quinn Hughes D. October 14, 1999 2019 Orlando , Florida , USA
57 Flags of Canada and the United States.svg Tyler Myers D. 0February 1, 1990 2019 Houston , Texas , USA
51 CanadaCanada Troy engraver D. 0April 7, 1994 2016 Richmond , British Columbia , Canada
8th CanadaCanada Christopher TanevA D. December 20, 1989 2010 Toronto , Ontario , Canada
83 CanadaCanada Jay Beagle RW October 16, 1985 2018 Calgary , Alberta , Canada
6th United StatesUnited States Brock Boeser RW February 25, 1997 2017 Burnsville , Minnesota , USA
21st SwedenSweden Loui Eriksson RW 17th July 1985 2016 Gothenburg , Sweden
79 CanadaCanada Michael Ferland LW April 20, 1992 2019 Swan River , Manitoba , Canada
88 United StatesUnited States Adam Gaudette C. 0October 3, 1996 2018 Braintree , Massachusetts , USA
53 CanadaCanada Bo HorvatC. C. 0April 5, 1995 2013 London , Ontario , Canada
17th CanadaCanada Josh Leivo LW May 26, 1993 2018 Innisfil , Ontario , Canada
9 United StatesUnited States JT Miller C. March 14, 1993 2019 East Palestine , Ohio , USA
64 United StatesUnited States Tyler Moth C. March 10, 1995 2018 Saint Clair , Michigan , USA
70 CanadaCanada Tanner Pearson LW August 10, 1992 2019 Kitchener , Ontario , Canada
40 SwedenSweden Elias Pettersson C. November 12, 1998 2018 Sundsvall , Sweden
26th FranceFrance Antoine Roussel LW November 21, 1989 2018 Roubaix , France
20th Flags of Canada and the United States.svg Brandon SutterA. C. February 14, 1989 2015 Huntington , New York , USA
73 CanadaCanada Tyler Toffoli RW April 24, 1992 2020 Scarborough , Ontario , Canada
18th CanadaCanada FinlandFinland Jake Virtanen RW 17th August 1996 2014 Abbotsford , British Columbia , Canada

Team captains

Markus Näslund wore the "C" for eight years.

In the history of the Vancouver Canucks, there have been 14 different players who have held the position of team captain.

year Surname
1970-1974 Orland Kurtenbach
1974-1975 no captain
1975-1976 André Boudrias
1976-1977 Chris Oddleifson
1977-1979 Don Lever
1979-1982 Kevin McCarthy
1982-1990 Stan Smyl
1990-1991 Doug Lidster
Trevor Linden
Dan Quinn
1991-1997 Trevor Linden
1997-2000 Mark Messier
2000-2008 Markus Näslund
2008-2010 Roberto Luongo
2010-2018 Henrik Sedin
2018-2019 no captain
since 2019 Bo Horvat

The first captain in the history of the Vancouver Canucks was Orland Kurtenbach , one of the team's oldest players in their inaugural season. Kurtenbach led the Canucks on the ice for four years before ending his career in 1974 and the captain's role remained vacant for one season. For the 1975/76 season , André Boudrias, a player who has played for the franchise since it was founded , received the "C". However, he moved to the World Hockey Association just a year later . He was succeeded by Chris Oddleifson , who handed over the captaincy to Don Lever in 1977 . In 1979, the newly signed 22-year-old Kevin McCarthy was named team captain and filled this role for three years.

After all, it was Stan Smyl who was able to hold the captain's role for a long time. In 1982, the then 24-year-old striker took over the post and held it until the end of his penultimate NHL season in the summer of 1990. His jersey number was the first to be officially banned in Canucks history after retiring. The successor to Smyl finally came Dan Quinn , Trevor Linden and Doug Lidster , who took turns as captain in the 1990/91 season . After the season, Linden became the sole captain and stayed there for another six years. Because of his seven years as captain and further seasons as an alternate captain, he was nicknamed Captain Canuck .

When Mike Keenan was hired as a coach in 1997 , he appointed a new team captain with the newly hired Mark Messier . Until his return to the New York Rangers in the summer of 2000, the six-time Stanley Cup winner led the Canucks. His successor was the Swede Markus Näslund , who developed into a very good striker and at the time of his departure in 2008 was the best goalscorer and scorer in the history of the franchise.

In September 2008, Roberto Luongo was the first goalkeeper to be appointed team captain in Vancouver. Although the teams are allowed to name goalkeepers as captains, they are not allowed to wear the “C” on their jerseys on the ice, nor to exercise their office and argue with the referee. Therefore, Luongo was represented during a game by field players Ryan Kesler , Mattias Öhlund and Willie Mitchell , who appeared as alternate captains. The "C" was found on Luongo's goalie mask , where he had it integrated into the design on the chin surface.

In 2010, Luongo resigned as team captain. The Swede Henrik Sedin was appointed as his successor on October 9, 2010 . His twin brother Daniel has been named alternate captain along with Ryan Kesler, Manny Malhotra and Kevin Bieksa. The Sedins held these offices until they retired after the 2017/18 season.

No captain was appointed in the 2018/19 season , but the four players Bo Horvat , Alexander Edler , Brandon Sutter and Christopher Tanev appeared as assistant captains . In the following year Horvat was named 14th captain in franchise history.

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

Surname Recording date position
Andy Bathgate 1978 player
Johnny Bower 1976 player
Pavel Bure 2012 player
Tony Esposito 1988 player
Igor Larionov 2008 player
Bud poile 1990 General manager
Allan Stanley 1981 player
Mats Sundin 2012 player
Gump Worsley 1980 player

Blocked jersey numbers

Stan Smyl's number 12 has been in Canucks Stadium since 1991
No. Surname Blocking date
11 Wayne Maki May 1, 1974 (not official)
12 Stan Smyl 3rd November 1991
28 Luc Bourdon May 29, 2008 (not official)
16 Trevor Linden December 17, 2008
19th Markus Näslund December 11, 2010
37 Rick Rypien August 15, 2011 (not official)
10 Pavel Bure November 2, 2013
22nd Daniel Sedin February 12, 2020
33 Henrik Sedin February 12, 2020
99 Wayne Gretzky February 6, 2000 (league-wide)

In its franchise history, the Vancouver Canucks have officially banned six jersey numbers so far, most recently in February 2020. In addition, four more are unofficially no longer awarded.

Stan Smyl's jersey number 12 was officially banned on November 3rd, 1991 . Smyl had completed a total of 13 seasons for the Canucks between 1978 and 1991 and played 896 games during that time. He has spent his entire professional career with the Canadian west coast team. In addition to Smyl's jersey number, Trevor Linden's jersey number 16 was taken out of the award on December 17, 2008 and - like Smyl's number - was hung as a banner under the ceiling of the Rogers Arena . On December 11, 2010, the number 19 of long-time captain Markus Näslund followed . Before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 2, 2013, the number 10 of the "Russian Rocket" Pawel Bure followed . Before the game against the Chicago Blackhawks on February 12, 2020, Daniel and Henrik Sedin's numbers 22 and 33 followed .

In addition to these two numbers, jersey number 11, which was worn by Wayne Maki between 1970 and 1973 , is no longer officially awarded, but is not officially blocked. Maki died of a brain tumor on May 1, 1974 at the age of 29 . During his playing days he was considered one of the first stars of the franchise. Only Mark Messier wore this jersey number for the Canucks between 1997 and 2000, as he had already worn it for Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers . Since May 29, 2008, Luc Bourdon's jersey number 28 is unofficially no longer awarded, as he was killed in a motorcycle accident. On August 15, 2011, jersey number 37 was unofficially banned by Rick Rypien because he committed suicide that day . Furthermore, the famous 99 of the Canadian Wayne Gretzky will no longer be awarded to a player, as it has been officially banned by the league since February 6, 2000.

Top 10 voting rights in the NHL Entry Draft

So far, the Vancouver Canucks have been able to choose 31 players among the top ten rights since the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft , including two players each in 1973 and 1999.

Trevor Linden was selected second in 1988

In the first few years, the Canucks always signed players who also advanced to performers via draft. However, the team had little notable success with players who were signed in later rounds. Only Harold Snepsts (1974) and Stan Smyl (1978) stand out here. The players selected between 1979 and 1984, Rick Vaive , Cam Neely and JJ Daigneault , had solid NHL careers, but not in Vancouver. Even in the swap transactions in which these players had left the team, the Canucks did not receive any players who had a significant influence on the team's success. The only exception was the transfer of Alek Stojanov to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Markus Näslund . While Stojanov was never able to prevail in the NHL, Näslund advanced to the team's leader between 1996 and 2008.

Later, Trevor Linden, a player who became a figurehead of the team for many years, was brought in. During these years, the franchise had secured the rights to three Soviet players, Igor Larionov , Vladimir Krutow and Pawel Bure , who were not allowed to travel to the West at the time. After the Iron Curtain came down, Vancouver benefited from this decision. The Canucks achieved a special coup in 1999, when they succeeded through eager bartering activities to secure the second and third rights to select the twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin .

Franchise top point collector

The ten best points collectors in the history of the franchise by the end of the 2018/19 regular season and the 2019 playoffs .

Abbreviations: Pos = position, GP = games, G = goals, A = assists, Pts = points, P / G = points per game

Regular season

Surname Item season GP G A. Pts P / G
Henrik Sedin C. 2000/01–2017 / 18 1330 240 830 1070 0.80
Daniel Sedin LW 2000/01–2017 / 18 1306 393 648 1041 0.80
Markus Näslund LW 1995 / 96-2007 / 08 884 346 410 756 0.85
Trevor Linden C. 1989 / 90-1997 / 98 1140 318 415 733 0.64
Stan Smyl RW 1978 / 79–1990 / 91 896 262 411 673 0.75
Thomas Gradin C. 1978 / 79–1985 / 86 613 197 353 550 0.89
Pavel Bure RW 1991 / 92-1997 / 98 428 254 224 478 1.11
Tony Tanti LW 1982 / 83-1989 / 90 531 250 220 470 0.88
Todd Bertuzzi LW 1997 / 98-2005 / 06 518 188 261 449 0.86
Don Lever C. 1972 / 73–1979 / 80 593 186 221 407 0.68


Surname Item GP G A. Pts P / G
Trevor Linden C. 118 34 61 95 0.80
Henrik Sedin C. 105 22nd 55 78 0.74
Daniel Sedin LW 102 25th 46 71 0.70
Pavel Bure RW 60 34 32 66 1.10
Geoff Courtnall LW 65 26th 35 61 0.93
Cliff Ronning C. 72 24 34 58 0.80
Jyrki Lumme D. 72 9 31 40 0.55
Thomas Gradin C. 38 17th 21st 38 1.00
Ryan Kesler C. 57 12 26th 38 0.67
Alexandre Burrows RW 70 19th 15th 34 0.49

TSN's All-Canucks team

For the 40th NHL birthday of the Canucks in 2010, the Canadian television broadcaster TSN put together a team of 20 players with the help of long-time television commentator for the Vancouver Canucks, Jim Robson. In contrast to the usual procedure of choosing the best and best-known players for such a team, the decisive committee attached great importance to putting together a realistic squad with appropriate role players.

The team consisted of a total of 20 out of nearly 500 players who had been on the ice for the Canadian franchise in the 40 years of existence . Among them were twelve strikers spread over four rows, six defenders of three pairs each and two goalkeepers .

line striker
1 Markus Näslund Trevor Linden Stan Smyl
2 Daniel Sedin Henrik Sedin Pavel Bure
3 Don Lever Thomas Gradin Tony Tanti
4th Greg Adams Patrik Sundström Todd Bertuzzi
line defender
1 Mattias Öhlund Harold Snepsts
2 Jyrki Lumme Dennis Kearns
3 Doug Lidster Ed Jovanovski
Kirk McLean
Roberto Luongo

Web links

Commons : Vancouver Canucks  - Collection of Images, Videos, and Audio Files

Individual evidence

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  3. The NHL on TSN's All-Canucks Team ,