1970 (as NHL expansion team)
|Home arena||Rogers Arena|
|City||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Colours||Blue, green, white|
|Media||Sportsnet Pacific |
|Owner(s)||Canucks Sports & Entertainment|
(Francesco Aquilini, Chairman)
|General manager||Jim Benning|
|Head coach||Travis Green|
|Minor league affiliates||Utica Comets (AHL)|
Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
|Conference championships||3 (1981–82, 1993–94, 2010–11)|
|Presidents' Trophies||2 (2010–11, 2011–12)|
|Division championships||10 (1974–75, 1991–92, 1992–93, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13)|
History[change | change source]
Early games[change | change source]
The Canucks were first a team in the Pacific Coast Hockey League (PCHL), winning the championship in 1946 and 1948. In 1952 the PCHL changed its name to the Western Hockey League (WHL). The Canucks stayed in the WHL.
Beginning[change | change source]
The Canucks joined the NHL in 1970. They were not a good team at first, though they won their division in 1975. Andre Boudrias was a star for the team at this time. The team made the Stanley Cup finals in 1982, which surprised many people, since they had finished below average in the regular season. Goaltender Richard Brodeur, along with forwards Stan Smyl, Thomas Gradin, and Darcy Rota, led the team. Coach Roger Neilson and some players raised white towels on top of their hockey sticks to "surrender" to the referees, who they thought were unfair (a white flag means surrender or "I give up"). After that, the fans all waved white flags during Canucks playoff games (this is called "Towel Power"). The team lost four games to zero in the finals to the New York Islanders.
Comeback[change | change source]
In the late 1980s, players such as Toni Tanti and Petri Skriko led the team. They made the finals again in 1994, due to players such as goaltender Kirk MacLean, the "Russian Rocket" Pavel Bure (who scored the most goals in the NHL that year), Trevor Linden, and Cliff Ronning. However, they lost the series four games to three to the New York Rangers.
Problems[change | change source]
The Canucks did poorly in the late 1990s, but improved in the 2000s. Markus Naslund came second in scoring in 2002 and 2003, and was named the Pearson Trophy winner as players' choice for the best player in 2003. Todd Bertuzzi, Matthias Ohlund, and Ed Jovanovski were also important players who helped lead the team to the division title in 2004. However, they lost in overtime of deciding game seven to the Calgary Flames in the first round of the playoffs (just as they had done in 1989), and the Flames went to the finals (just like 1989).
In 2011 the Canucks won the President's Trophy as they were the best team in the NHL regular season. They also made the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, but lost to the Boston Bruins. The Bruins won the Stanley Cup. The Canucks won the President's Trophy again in 2012, but did not do well in the playoffs.
References[change | change source]
- Gibson, John (October 26, 2007). "New Look Canucks". Canucks.com. NHL Enterprises, L.P. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
- "Company Directory" (PDF). 2016–17 Vancouver Canucks Media Guide. NHL Enterprises, L.P. October 5, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
- "Canucks fire general manager Mike Gillis". NHL. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
- "Canucks name Linden president of hockey operations". NHL. Retrieved 2014-04-17.