48 Facts About Vancouver Canucks


Vancouver Canucks are a professional ice hockey team based in Vancouver.

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Vancouver Canucks joined the league in 1970 as an expansion team along with the Buffalo Sabres.

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Vancouver Canucks have retired six players' jerseys in their history—Pavel Bure, Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden, Markus Naslund, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin ; all but Bure and Daniel Sedin have served as team captain.

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The WHL's Canucks were playing in a small arena at the time, the Vancouver Forum, situated on the same Pacific National Exhibition grounds as the Coliseum.

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Meanwhile, a Vancouver group led by WHL Canucks owner and former Vancouver mayor Fred Hume made a bid to be one of the six teams due to join the league in 1967, but the NHL rejected their application.

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Speculation long abounded afterwards that the bid was hindered by Toronto Maple Leafs president Stafford Smythe; after a failed Vancouver Canucks-based business deal, he was quoted as saying that the city would not get an NHL franchise in his lifetime.

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Vancouver Canucks struggled in their early years, failing to make the playoffs in their first four seasons.

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Also in the summer of 1974, the Vancouver Canucks were re-aligned within the league and placed in the new Smythe Division.

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Vancouver Canucks made their first significant playoff impact in the 1982 playoffs.

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The Vancouver Canucks had a home-ice advantage during the second-round series against the Kings, who upset the Oilers in the first round.

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Notable players that joined the Vancouver Canucks' core following the 1982 playoffs included offensively skilled forwards Patrik Sundstrom and Tony Tanti.

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For most of the second half of the 1980s, the Vancouver Canucks competed with the Los Angeles Kings for the final playoff spot in the Smythe Division.

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Consequently, his draft by the Vancouver Canucks took a year to be verified by the league as team management went about procuring documents to prove his eligibility.

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The following year, the Vancouver Canucks repeated as regular-season division champions, while Bure emerged as arguably the team's first superstar with his first of back-to-back 60-goal seasons, totals which remain the highest recorded in Vancouver Canucks history.

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In 1994, the Vancouver Canucks made their second trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, entering the playoffs as the seventh seed in the renamed Western Conference.

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Opening the playoffs with a close first-round series against the Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks rallied from a three-games-to-one deficit to win the series in seven contests.

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The loss was followed by a riot in Downtown Vancouver Canucks, which resulted in property damage, injuries and arrests.

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Vancouver Canucks made another significant move in the off-season by acquiring high-scoring Russian forward Alexander Mogilny from the Buffalo Sabres, reuniting Bure with his former CSKA Moscow and national team linemate.

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Vancouver Canucks began the campaign overseas in a two-game series against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in Tokyo, Japan.

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Meanwhile, Pavel Bure, unhappy in Vancouver Canucks, had withheld himself from the team and requested a trade at the beginning of the campaign.

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Amidst a run for the team's first Northwest Division title the following season, the Vancouver Canucks received significant media attention for their involvement in a violent on-ice attack during a game against the Avalanche.

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Vancouver Canucks faced legal action in British Columbia court, while Moore filed lawsuits against him and the Canucks organization in Colorado and Ontario courts.

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Vancouver Canucks went on to win their first Northwest Division title that season, but lost in the first round of the 2004 playoffs to the Calgary Flames.

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Several Vancouver Canucks players went overseas to Europe to play professionally, including Naslund and the Sedin twins, who all returned to their former Swedish team, Modo Hockey.

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Vancouver Canucks tied Bernie Parent for the second-most wins in a single-season by an NHL goaltender, with 47.

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The Vancouver Canucks opened the 2007 playoffs with a quadruple-overtime win against the Dallas Stars.

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The Vancouver Canucks set a league record for shots against in one game, allowing 76.

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Vancouver Canucks won the series in seven games despite a lack of goal-scoring; Stars goaltender Marty Turco recorded three shutouts in the series and equalled the league record for most shutouts in a playoff series.

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The schedule was a result of Vancouver Canucks hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, which shut down the NHL for two weeks, facilitating General Motors Place's use for ice hockey during the games.

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Vancouver Canucks won the Northwest Division title and finished third in the Western Conference for the second-straight year.

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The Vancouver Canucks played the Los Angeles Kings, their first opponent in their inaugural season in 1970; both teams wore their original uniforms used in the Vancouver Canucks' inaugural game.

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In December 2010, the Vancouver Canucks honoured Markus Naslund by retiring his number 19 jersey.

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The Vancouver Canucks played the Nashville Predators in the second round of the playoffs, defeating the Predators in six games.

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Vancouver Canucks won game 5 while the Bruins won games 6 and 7 to win the Stanley Cup.

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Vancouver Canucks finished the year winning their fifth consecutive Northwest Division title, but were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the San Jose Sharks.

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The Vancouver Canucks became the first team to have a top two Calder Trophy finalist three years in a row since the Toronto Maple Leafs, who did so when the league only had six teams from 1957 to 1959.

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The "Vancouver Canucks" script was removed while the modern "stick-in-rink" logo was modified with white as the main colour.

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The Vancouver Canucks' design used was similar to the alternates they wore from 2001 to 2006, but with green replacing maroon.

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Vancouver Canucks' mascot is an anthropomorphic killer whale named Fin the Orca.

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Vancouver Canucks is often seen banging a First Nations drum or skating around during intermissions firing t-shirts out of a compressed air cannon.

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Vancouver Canucks was charged with stock fraud and spent the last two years of his Canuck ownership in prison.

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From 1988 to 1997, the Vancouver Canucks were owned by local businessman and philanthropist Arthur Griffiths, who had inherited ownership from his father, Frank.

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Vancouver Canucks Ring of Honour is a collection of permanent in-arena displays, that commemorates individuals that made an impact with the franchise.

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Vancouver Canucks selected Dale Tallon, a defenceman from the Toronto Marlboros with their first pick, second overall in the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft.

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Ten years later, the Vancouver Canucks drafted Trevor Linden from the Medicine Hat Tigers in 1988.

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The Vancouver Canucks have had 13 top-five draft picks in franchise history, but have never had the first overall pick.

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The Vancouver Canucks are one of the two franchises in the NHL to have drafted two twin brothers in the same year.

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Vancouver Canucks is followed by Marc Crawford, who has 586 points all-time with the Canucks.

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