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Standout:
Henrik Sedin was the first Canuck to be named the most valuable player in the NHL.

All-Time Teams

Just as the NHL honours it's All-Stars each season, we have decided to delve into the Canuck archives to come up with some dream teams of our own.


The All-Century Team (First Team)
Okay, so the Canucks have only been around half a century. Over the next fifty years, I'll update these teams. Check back now and again to see the changes.

Left Wing
Markus Naslund
Centre
Phil Maloney
Right Wing
Stan Smyl
Naslund played 12 seasons with the Canucks, recording 346 goals and 410 assists. He was named to the NHL's First All-Star team three times and served as team captain from 2000-01 to 2007-08. "The Silver Fox" played a total of fourteen seasons with the Canucks. He was named league MVP three times, placed on the All-Star team five times, led the Canucks to two WHL championships and recorded 923 points in 818 games. The "Steamer" was the heart and soul of the Vancouver Canucks for most of his thirteen seasons. He served as captain longer than any other Canuck and is in the top three in career NHL games, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes.
Defense
Harold Snepsts
Defense
Mattias Ohlund
Goaltender
Kirk McLean
Harold Snepsts played more games on the defense than any other Canuck. During his two stops in Vancouver, he played 781 over 12 seasons. He also holds the team record for most years in the playoffs by a defenseman (8). Ohlund is one of the busiest blueliners each game. He has been named the Canucks' best defenseman four times in his 11 years. He has recorded 325 points in 770 games and has scored 6 overtime goals. "Captain Kirk" played 11 seasons for the Canucks. He recorded 20 shutouts and a record of 211-228-62 in 516 games. He also had six shutouts in the playoffs and won 34 of his 68 playoff games.

The All-Century Team (Second Team)

Left Wing
Don Lever
Centre
Trevor Linden
Right Wing
Pavel Bure
Lever played eight seasons for the Canucks and currently ranks sixth in career points. One of three left wingers to have been selected as the team's MVP. Lever also served as captain for two seasons. Trevor Linden served as team captain for six complete seasons and led the Canucks to the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals. He holds Canuck records for playoff games played and points and is second on the NHL Canucks' all-time points list. Pavel Bure was named NHL rookie of the year in his first season and became the first Canuck to record 50 (and 60) goals in a season. Bure played seven seasons in Vancouver, recording 478 points in 428 games.
Defense
Doug Lidster
Defense
Jyrki Lumme
Goaltender
Roberto Luongo
Doug Lidster was named the Canucks' best defenseman as a rookie and three more times during his ten years in Vancouver. He recorded 307 points in 666 games while with the team. Jyrki Lumme was named the Canucks' best defenseman four times during his nine year stay with the club. He is tied with Dennis Kearns for career points (321) and added 40 in the playoffs. Roberto has recorded 155 wins and 23 shutouts in his first four seasons with the Canucks. He was named team MVP twice, an NHL All-star in 2006-07 and served as "captain" since 2008-09.

The All-2000's Team
The best players at each position based on their performance between 2000-01 and 2009-10.

Left Wing
Markus Naslund
Centre
Henrik Sedin
Right Wing
Todd Bertuzzi
Recorded 547 points over seven seasons. Named to First NHL All-star team three times. Voted team MVP four times this decade. Recorded 572 points over nine seasons. Recorded 44 points in the playoffs this decade. Won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP in 2009-10. Recorded 368 points over five seasons. Named to First NHL All-Star team in 2002-03.
Defense
Ed Jovanovski
Defense
Mattias Ohlund
Goaltender
Roberto Luongo
Gifted playmaker. Recorded 197 points in 328 games over 5 seasons. Named team's best defenseman three times this decade. One of the busiest blueliners each game. Recorded 240 points over 8 seasons. Named team's best defenseman twice this decade. Recorded 155 wins and 23 shutouts in his four seasons this decade. Team MVP twice and NHL All-star in 2006-07.

The All-1990's Team
The best players at each position based on their performance between 1990-91 and 1999-2000.

Left Wing
Geoff Courtnall
Centre
Trevor Linden
Right Wing
Pavel Bure
Courtnall's five year career took place during this decade. Geoff recorded 246 points in 292 games. The Canucks never missed the playoffs while he was in town and Courtnall contributed 61 points in 65 playoff games. Linden became sole captain of the Canucks at the start of the 1991-92 season and remained in that role for six seasons. He recorded 459 points in 549 games during the decade plus 73 points in 72 playoff games. Pavel Bure burst onto the Vancouver hockey scene as the NHL's rookie of the year in 1991-92. Bure played seven seasons in Vancouver, recording 478 points in 428 games.
Defense
Jyrki Lumme
Defense
Dana Murzyn
Goaltender
Kirk McLean
Jyrki Lumme played more games this decade than any other Canuck. In his eight seasons, he recorded 311 points in 568 games. Dana Murzyn played in nine of the Canuck seasons this decade. As a defensive defenseman, he has a career plus/ minus of +78 in 452 games, the best of any Canuck. "Captain Kirk" played 8 of his 11 seasons during the 1990's. He recorded 15 shutouts and a record of 159-154-46 in 370 games. His best year was 1991-92 when he was named to the NHL's second all-star team.

The All-1980's Team
The best players at each position based on their performance between 1980-81 and 1989-90.

Left Wing
Petri Skriko
Centre
Thomas Gradin
Right Wing
Stan Smyl
"Streak" played his best six seasons during the 1980's, recording 365 points in 452 games. He led the team in points twice and was named NHL player of the week in November, 1986. Gradin played six seasons during the 1980's, recording 424 points in 457 games. He led the team in points twice and became the first Canuck to reach the 500 point mark during the decade. The "Steamer" was the only player to play in all ten seasons of the decade, recording 543 points in 712 games. Smyl served as the Canuck captain for eight seasons.
Defense
Garth Butcher
Defense
Doug Lidster
Goaltender
Richard Brodeur
"Strangler" played nine seasons during the 1980's, recording 122 points in 541 games. Butcher led the team in penalty minutes five of those seasons. Lidster played his first seven NHL seasons during the 1980's. He was named the Canucks' best defenseman in three of those seasons and recorded 215 points in 451 games. Brodeur earned the title "King Richard" during the Canuck Stanley Cup run in 1982. Brodeur finished the decade holding the team records for most games (377), goals against (1389), wins (126), losses (172) and ties (62).

The All-1970's Team
The best players at each position based on their performance between 1970-71 and 1979-80.

Left Wing
Don Lever
Centre
Andre Boudrias
Right Wing
Dennis Ververgaert
Lever played in 8 of the team's first ten seasons. At the end of the decade, Lever led the team in career goals and points. He was captain two seasons. The "super pest" led the Canucks in points four of their first five seasons. He played six seasons in Vancouver and finished with 388 career points in 458 games. Ververgaert burst on the Vancouver hockey scene in 1973-74, setting a team record for goals by a rookie with 26. He went on to record 304 points in 409 games.
Defense
Dennis Kearns
Defense
Harold Snepsts
Goaltender
Gary Smith
Kearns played in nine of the Canucks' first ten seasons in the NHL. At the end of the decade, he held the team record for career games played (631) and assists (276). By the end of 1979-80, Harold Snepsts had already been named the team's most valuable defenseman three times in his six seasons. He also held the team record for career penalty minutes (754). In the three seasons he played in Vancouver, Gary Smith set team records for career games played (208), goals against (572), shutouts (11), wins (72) and ties (23). He almost single-handedly led the Canucks to their first .500 season and first playoff berth in 1974-75.

The All-1960's Team
The best players at each position based on their performance between 1960-61 and 1969-70.

Left Wing
Jim Baird
Centre
Phil Maloney
Right Wing
Billy McNeill
Jim Baird was named WHL Rookie of the Year in 1961-62. He went on to play a total of four seasons with the Canucks. Well into his 30's at the start of the 1960's, Maloney played nine more seasons for the Canucks. He recorded 576 points in 558 games, was named league MVP twice and was the WHL's most gentlemanly player three times in the decade. McNeill played six seasons for the Canucks in the decade, being named the league's MVP twice (in 1964-65 and 1965-66). He played over 200 games for Vancouver.
Defense
Larry Cahan
Defense
Les Hunt
Goaltender
Gilles Villemure
Larry Cahan played four seasons for the Canucks in the decade and was named to the WHL All-Star team in three of those seasons (second team once and first team twice). Les Hunt played five seasons on the blueline for the Canucks during the 1960's. He played in a total of 333 games. Gilles played three seasons in net, posting a combined record of 88-91-13, with 12 shutouts. He was named the WHL rookie of the year in 1962-63 and appeared on the WHL All-Star Teams twice.

The All-1950's Team
The Best players at each position based on their performance prior to and including 1959-60.

Left Wing
Jim Powers
Centre
Phil Maloney
Right Wing
Fred Brown
Jim Powers wins by default. Apparently, most of the left wingers didn't last more than one season with the Canucks. Jim played two and a half seasons in Vancouver. The "silver fox" led the Canucks to a championship, was named WHL MVP once and played five seasons during the 1950's. Fred played five seasons for the Canucks between 1952-53 and 1956-57. He accumulated 192 points in 247 games.
Defense
Hugh Currie
Defense
Carl Kaiser
Goaltender
Marcel Pelletier
Currie played five seasons for the Canucks in the 1950's. He was named to the WHL All-Star team twice. Carl played five seasons with the Canucks, although his exact records are unknown as he played parts of two seasons with Saskatoon. Marcel only played one season (1957-58), but played every minute of every game, posting a record of 44-21-5. He was named the league's best goalie and led his team to regular season and playoff championships.

The All-Name Team
The players with the most unique, hard to spell or impossible to pronounce names.

Left Wing
Raimo Summanen (NHL)
Steve Brklacich (WHL)
Centre
Christian Ruuttu (NHL)
Gordon Vejprava (WHL)
Right Wing
Alek Stojanov (NHL)
Rudolph Panagabko (WHL)
Defense
Sheldon Kannegiesser (NHL)
Victor Lofvendahl (WHL)
Defense
Zenith Komarniski (NHL)
Harry Dick (WHL)
Goaltender
Cesare Maniago (NHL)
Nick Pidsodny (WHL)

The If-we-only-knew-then-what-we-know-now Team
These are the guys that we should have kept. To be included in the list, they must have played for the Canucks early in their careers (we won't even talk about those we drafted and let get away).

Another Right Wing
Cam Neely
Centre
Mike Peca
Right Wing
Rick Vaive
Cam Neely was a promising young player when the Canucks sent him to Boston. There he spent ten seasons, scoring 50 goals in a season three times and being named to the NHL All-Star team four times. The Canucks put this hard-hitting centre into the lineup 37 times before sending him to Buffalo. Since then, he's become captain and has played over 350 games with the Sabres. Rick Vaive was a veteran of 47 NHL games when the Canucks sent him to Toronto. There, he scored 50 goals in a season three times and eventually recorded 767 points in 829 games.
Defense
J.J. Daigneault
Defense
Michel Petit
Goaltender
Murray Bannerman
Daigneault played his first two seasons in Vancouver before being dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers. His career has seen him move around, but he has managed to play another 714 games over 13 seasons. Petit actually spent six seasons with the Canucks, so it's not like they gave up on him too soon. After he left, he played for nine more NHL teams and is still out there somewhere. Bannerman had one period of action as a Canuck before being dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks. There he played 289 regular season games plus 40 in the playoffs over seven seasons. He also played in two NHL All-Star Games.

The All-Goon Team
You want tough guys? We've had some tough guys on the Canucks.

Left Wing
Gino Odjick
Centre
Craig Coxe
Right Wing
Ronnie Stern
All the good fighters are left wingers (Williams, Brashear, Fraser), but nobody enjoyed a toe-to-toe battle more than Gino. Craig Coxe was famous for his battles with Red Wing Bob Probert, but he took on all comers. Ronnie Stern wasn't a heavyweight, but he never backed down from a good scrap.
Defense
Garth Butcher
Defense
Barry Wilkins
Goaltender
Garth Snow
He wasn't nicknamed "strangler" for nothing. Although he was better known as an agitator, he dropped the gloves from time to time. Back then, they weren't "goons", they were "policemen". Wilkins provided some toughness on a team that had plenty of small players. It's rare to see a goalie get into an altercation. It's rarer still to see two goalies go at it. Snow has had a few legendary bouts with the opposition netminder and usually wins the battle.

The All-Rookie Team
The Canucks have had some players that excelled right from the start (this team is based on what they did during their rookie year with the Canucks -- not during their career).

Left Wing
Pavel Bure
Centre
Ivan Hlinka
Right Wing
Trevor Linden
I know, he wasn't a left winger. But that's what he was listed as when he arrived for the 1991-92 season. He is the only Canuck to win the Calder trophy as the NHL rookie of the year. When Hlinka joined the Canucks at age 32, he was already a veteran of many years of international hockey. Still, he was classed as a rookie during the 1981-82 season when he recorded 60 points. As a second overall draft pick, Linden was labelled "the franchise" right from the start. At age 18, he was one of the best players on the team and was named to the NHL's All-Rookie team.
Defense
Dale Tallon
Defense
Mattias Ohlund
Goaltender
Corey Hirsch
No matter what Dale Tallon accomplished, he would always be treated as "the guy we got instead of Gilbert Perreault". During his fine rookie campaign, he recorded 42 assists and 56 points. It took awhile to get him in a Canuck uniform, but it was worth the wait. He recorded 30 points and was a +3 during the 1997-98 season. He was named to the NHL's All-Rookie team that year. Hirsch burst out of the starting gates during the 1995-96 season, playing in 41 games and posting a 2.93 goals against average. He posted a record of 17-14-6 and had one shut-out. He was also named to the NHL's All-Rookie team.

The All-Girl Team
Players whose first names could be mistaken as belonging to their wives or girlfriends (okay, so this isn't politically correct, it's still kind of funny). NHL and WHL Canucks included.

Left Wing
Leslie Duff
Centre
Angie Defelice*
Right Wing
Jackie McLeod
Defense
Dana Murzyn
Defense
Tracy Pratt
Goaltender
Beverley Bentley

*Actually, I don't know what position Angie played, but I couldn't find anyone else to be the centre on this line.


The All-Dave Team
Since we're making fun of people's names, let's make fun of all those David's out there.

Left Wing
David Saunders
Centre
Dave Scatchard
Right Wing
David Bruce
Defense
Dave Babych
Defense
Dave Richter
Goaltender
Dave McLelland

Notes
In some cases, players from the WHL Canucks have been included in this report, depending on their contributions to the team.

Content copyright 2001-2010 David Marchak
This page last updated July 31, 2010