Vancouver Canucks Facts

The Canucks


Founded in Vancouver in 1994, the Vancouver Canucks are one of the best professional ice hockey teams in the world. The franchise is a member of the National Hockey League (NHL), in the North Division. The team plays at the Rogers Arena, which has a national capacity of 18,910. The team is one of the most important assets to the city of Vancouver.

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  • 1. Francesco Aquilini is the chairman of the Vancouver Canucks, which are owned by Canucks Sports & Entertainment. He is a successful businessman and one of the most recognized people in his field.
  • 2. The team’s colours are Blue, Green and White.
  • 3. Kurtenbach led the team as its first captain.
  • 4. There has never been a playoff series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Vancouver Canucks in the 20th century.
  • 5. The first goalie in franchise history to reach his first final was King Richard Brodeur. He appearanced in 1982.
  • 6. Andre Boudrias was received from St. Louis in the team's first trade on June 10, 1970.
  • 7. It was the 1970-71 season that saw the Vancouver Canucks join the league.
  • 8. The Canucks have played in three Stanley Cup Finals. In 1994 and 2008, it faced the Rangers, in 1982 faced the Islanders, and in 2011 ended up facing the Bruins.
  • 9. The Canucks played their first NHL season out of Pacific Coliseum (now Rogers Arena).
  • 10. In 1975, the team made their debut in the playoffs.
  • 11. The greatest number of penalty minutes were awarded to Gino Odjick in the 20th century.
  • 12. Stan Smyl’s number 12 and Trevor Linden’s jersey number 16 were the second pair to be retired.
  • 13. As early as 1982, Tiger Williams became the first teammate to score in overtime in a playoff game.
  • 14. The 2008-2009 season marked the first time in 40 years that a goalie got the honor of being named captain.
  • 15. Barry Wilkins was the first player to score a goal for the Vancouver Canucks.
  • 16. A Canucks legend, Mark Messier played for the club from 1997 through 2000.
  • 17. Previously, the team played in the Northwest Division.
  • 18. On his first outing with the Canucks, Greg Adams scored four goals.
  • 19. In their very first NHL game, the Canucks lost to the L.A. Kings.
  • 20. Team Canada's 2002 Winter Olympic gold medalist Ted Jovanovski won gold with Team Canada.
  • 21. Sedin is the franchise leader in goals with 393.
  • 22. The franchise record for most hat tricks is held by Tony Tanti and Markus Naslund (10).
  • 23. The most wins in franchise history go to Roberto Luongo with 252.
  • 24. Mark Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison were known as the West Coast Express in the years 2002-2003.
  • 25. Both the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks joined the NHL the same year (1970-1971).