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2014 seasonSeason Recap: The rebuilding program took a step backwards for the Canucks in 2015–16, as the club fell from 48 wins to 31. Young stars Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi and Ben Hutton fell somewhat short of expectations, but veteran Jannik Hansen worked nicely with the fabulous Sedin brothers, who combined for 116 points.

January 21, 2016: Daniel Sedin scored his 347th goal to pass Markus Naslund as the team’s all-time goal-scoring leader.

Season Preview: Vancouver cleared several players off the roster after a disappointing loss in the first round of the playoffs. Did they bring enough talent back? That will be the big question for the Canucks in 2015–16. And can the Sedin brothers still put up big numbers at age 35? Radim Vrabata was the club’s next-best scorer. He’ll need some help from newcomer Brandon Sutter, and Ryan Miller will need to play great in goal for Vancouver to finish with a winning record.

2014 seasonSeason Preview: New coach Willie Desjardins and new team president Trevor Linden retooled the Vancouver roster during the off-season. The biggest changes are the trade of Ryan Kesler and the signing of goalie Ryan Miller, who brings experience to a club led, as usual, by the Sedin Twins, Henrik and Daniel. A group of new players has come in with the idea of giving the Canucks more balance, meaning they can now score and defend well on every shift. Will that be enough to earn a playoff spot in the tough Western Conference? That's the big question in Vancouver this year.

April 13, 2014: Left wing Tom Sestito spent more time in the penalty box—213 minutes—than anyone in the NHL in 2013–14.

Season Preview: For much of 2012–13, Vancouver fans wondered who was the team's #1 goalie. The Canucks answered that question by trading Cory Schneider and keeping Roberto Luongo. The rest of the roster is more or less the same as last season, but the club added two first-round draft picks in 2013, so the future looks bright—as long as the Sedin brothers don't test the free-agent waters down the road.

     
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This punch-out shield insert of Dale Tallon came in packs of hockey cards that were issued only in Canada. The wording is in both English and French. (O-Pee-Chee Ltd.)

 

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You've got to love those crazy Vancouver jerseys from the late 70s. Don Lever later became the first captain of the New Jersey Devils and scored their first goal.

 

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Alexander Mogilny signed this photo. He and Bure were rarely 100% healthy at the same time, but when they were the Canucks were awesome.

 

Dale Tallon — Defenseman
Born: 10/19/1950
Played for Team: 1970–71 to 1972–73
Dale Tallon was a good defender who had the skating and passing skill to run the Canucks' power play. He was an All-Star twice in three seasons for Vancouver.


Gary Smith — Goalie
Born: 2/4/1944
Played for Team: 1973–74 to 1975–76
The Canucks traded Dale Tallon for Gary Smith in 1973. Smith was one of the most off-beat players in the NHL, and always a favorite of the fans. In 1974–75, he set a team record with 32 victories and 6 shutouts. When Bobby Clarke received the MVP award that year, he said that Smith was more deserving.


Don Lever — Left Wing
Born: 11/14/1952
Played for Team: 1972–73 to 1979–80
The Canucks had the third pick in the 1972 NHL draft and picked Don Lever. They put him right to work at age 19, and by age 22 he was one of the NHL's top goal scorers. That season Lever helped the team finish in first place. He was one of the best penalty-killers in the league.


Harold Snepts — Defenseman
Born: 10/25/1954
Played for Team: 1974–75 to 1983–84 & 1988–89 to 1989–90
Harold Snepts played rock-solid defense for the Canucks and was instantly recognizable from his big, bushy mustache. He was one of the team's great heroes on the way to the 1982 Stanley Cup Finals.


Tony Tanti — Left Wing
Born: 9/7/1963
Played for Team: 1982–83 to 1989–90
Tony Tanti was a small, quick forward with a hard and accurate shot. He became a star with the Canucks. During one five-year stretch, Tanti scored 204 goals.


Alexander Mogilny — Right Wing
Born: 2/18/1969
Played for Team: 1995–96 to 1999–00
Alexander Mogilny wowed Vancouver fans after joining the club in 1995. He scored 55 goals and added 52 assists for 107 points. Mogilny paired with fellow Russian Pavel Bure to give the Canucks a great 1–2 punch.


Todd Bertuzzi — Left Wing
Born: 2/2/1975
Played for Team: 1997–98 to 2005–06
Todd Bertuzzi came to the Canucks from the New York Islanders at the age of 23 and soon became a star. He was the power forward on a line with sharpshooter Markus Naslund and playmaker Brendan Morrison. In 2002–03, Bertuzzi finished third in the NHL with 46 goals. Behind Naslund and Milan Hejduk of the Avalanche.

 

 

     
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These stamps came free when you filled up your car at an Esso station in the early 1970s. Esso is now called Exxon in the United States. (ExxonMobil)

 

SEALS OF DISAPPROVAL
Vancouver nearly got an NHL team in 1968, when the Oakland Seals ran into financial trouble and considered moving north to Canada. The NHL refused to approve the deal, feeling it would look bad for a brand-new team to give up so quickly. The league promised Vancouver a new team in 1970 to make up for stopping the Seals' move. The Seals stayed in California until 1976, and then moved to Cleveland. They went out of business two years later.


FAMOUS FIRST
The Canucks' first goal was scored by Barry Wilkins, in a loss to the L.A. Kings. Wilkins was a valuable defenseman for several years before being traded during the 1974–75 season. He was the last Canuck left from the 1970 expansion draft. After Wilkins passed away in 2011, the team set up a display in its arena featuring memorabilia from his career.


CUTTING IT CLOSE
In 2011–12, the Canucks clinched the top seed in the conference playoffs and won the President's Trophy (for most points in the NHL) on the final day of the season. The last time a team did that was more than 20 years earlier.

     
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Pavel Bure signed this issue of the Beckett Hockey Monthly. The photos on the front and back of the Beckett guides are sensational. (Beckett Media)

 

GOALS
1993–94 — Pavel Bure — 60


ASSISTS
2009–10 — Henrik Sedin — 83
2010–11 — Henrik Sedin — 75
2011–12 — Henrik Sedin — 67


POINTS
2009–10 — Henrik Sedin — 112
2010–11 — Daniel Sedin — 104


GOALS-AGAINST
No Canuck has led the NHL in this statistic


PLUS/MINUS
2003–04 — Marek Malik — + 35*

* Tied with another player

     
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This pennant was sold in Vancouver during the 1982 Stanley Cup. (Author's Collection)

 
SEASON OPPONENT RESULT
1981–82 New York Islanders Lost 0–4
1993–94 New York Rangers Lost 3–4
2010–11 Boston Bruins Lost 3–4
     
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