Team Profile: Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks are only 4 years away from reaching their 50th anniversary. Though they have yet to win a Cup, the team definitely inspires loyalty from their fans. And from looking at their history, Vancouver has no chill when it comes to hockey.

Team breakdown:
Western Conference
Pacific Division
Established: 1945 (Pacific Coast Hockey Association/Western Hockey League) 1970 (NHL)
Arena: Rogers Arena
AHL Affiliate: Utica Comets
Owner: Canucks Sports & Entertainment
Coach: Willie Desjardins
Notable Former Players: Mark Messier, Kirk McLean, Pavel Burel, Thomas Gradin, Roberto Luongo
Best known line: Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison, Todd Bertuzzi: “West Coast Express”
Current Captain: Henrik Sedin
Goalies: Ryan Miller, Jacob Markstrom
Notable Current Players: Daniel Sedin, Alexander Edler, Loui Eriksson, Ben Hutton

Some facts and history:
Vancouver Millionaires established in 1911 as one of three teams in the Pacific Coast Hockey association. The Millionaires played in an arena that, at the time, was home to the world’s largest artificial ice rink until it caught fire in 1936.

The Millionaires disbanded in 1925, leaving only the WHL Canucks playing in Vancouver.

After bidding in 1967 to buy the struggling Oakland Seals to move them to Vancouver and being denied, the NHL promised that Vancouver would get a team in the next expansion draft.

Vancouver Canucks came into the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres in 1970.

The Canucks made their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1982 where they lost to the New York Islanders.

They played for the Cup again in 1994, losing to the New York Rangers in seven games, resulting in the riots in downtown Vancouver.

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         Canucks logo from 1994

When they lost again in 2011 to the Bruins on home ice, there were also riots in downtown Vancouver. These are the riots people tend to talk about in relation to the Canucks.

Roberto Luongo served as captain for the Canucks from 2008 until 2010, but because the NHL does not allow for goaltenders to be captains, he could not act as an on-ice captain for the team. They had three alternates to deal with the officials and ceremonial face-offs in his place. And because he was not allowed to wear a ‘C’ on his jersey, he had a ‘C’ in the design on one of his mask.

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