Vancouver has always been a hockey town and you can feel a different buzz across the city when the NHL season is on. As we head into October, the Vancouver Canucks are about to embark on their 50th season since entering the league in 1970 as an expansion team.
Their 50th anniversary season is also going to feel a little weird because Daniel and Henrik Sedin will not be playing.
Heading into such a big year for the franchise, here are some fun facts about the franchise you might not know about.
Fun Facts About The Vancouver Canucks
- Orland Kurtenbach was the first captain of the Vancouver Canucks.
- In the 20th century, the Canucks never played the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs.
- Richard “King Richard” Brodeur was the first goalie to lead the franchise to their first finals appearance in 1982.
- The team completed their first ever trade on June 10th, 1970 and received Andre Boudrias from St. Louis.
- The Vancouver Canucks entered the league in the 1970-71 season.
- The team has played in three Stanley Cup Finals. Against the Rangers in 94, the Islanders in 82, and the Bruins in 2011.
- Before playing out of Rogers Arena (formerly GM Place), the Canucks played at the Pacific Coliseum.
- Their first playoff appearance happened in 1975.
- Gino Odjick had the most penalty minutes during the 20th century.
- Trevor Linden was the second player to get his jersey retired. Stan Smyl’s number 12 and Trevor Linden’s number 16 were the first two.
- Dave ‘Tiger’ Williams became the first to score an overtime goal in the playoffs in 1982.
- Roberto Luongo became the first goalie in 40 years to be named a captain during the 2008-2009 season.
- Barry Wilkins scored the first goal in franchise history.
- NHL legend Mark Messier played for the Canucks for three seasons: 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000.
- Prior to playing in the Pacific Division, the team played in the Northwest Division.
- Greg Adams scored four goals in his first game with the Canucks
- The Canucks lost against the L.A. Kings in their very first NHL game.
- In 2014, Trevor Linden became the team’s President of Hockey Operations.
- In the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, the Canucks drafted Daniel and Henrik Sedin with the 2nd and 3rd overall picks.
- Former Canuck Ed Jovanovski won gold with Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympic games.
- Henrik Sedin has the most points in franchise history (1,070).
- Daniel Sedin has scored the most goals in franchise history (393).
- Tony Tanti and Markus Naslund hold the franchise record for most hat tricks (10)
- Roberto Luongo has the most wins in franchise history (252)
- Dunc Wilson recorded the franchise’s first ever shut-out in 1971-1972.
- General Motors Place was nicknamed The Garage.
- The line of Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi, and Brendan Morrison in 2002-2003 was nicknamed The West Coast Express.
- The Buffalo Sabres joined the NHL the same year as the Vancouver Canucks (1970-1971).
- The Aquillini’s currently own the team.
- Stan Smyl was nicknamed the “Steamer”.
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