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The Vancouver Canucks are a professional hockey team in the National Hockey League (the NHL). The Vancouver Canucks play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference with four other teams: the Minnesota Wild, the Colorado Avalanche, the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames. Canucks tickets will be a hot item during the 2014-2015 NHL hockey schedule.
Vancouver Canucks 2014-2015 Outlook
While their years-long goaltending controversy got most of the attention, the Canucks’ big problem last year was a significant drop-off from most of their top skill players. The Sedins both struggled with injury and lack of production, and other key players like Kevin Bieksa, Alex Burrows, and Alex Edler also had down years. All of those guys are on the wrong side of their primes — the Sedins just turned 34 — so the odds of some sort of teamwide rebound season seem slim.
That said, there’s at least some room for optimism. Last year’s Canucks were a strong possession team, ranking eighth in even-strength Fenwick, ahead of good teams like the Ducks and Lightning. If they can reproduce that performance, get some strong goaltending from Miller, and improve on their meager 7.6 shooting percentage, they’re right back into the playoff race.
The Vancouver Canucks franchise was originally founded in 1970 in Vancouver, British Columbia as the Vancouver Canucks. In 1970, the NHL granted expansion franchises to the Vancouver Canucks and to the Buffalo Sabres. During the franchise’s first 11 NHL seasons, the Vancouver Canucks advanced to the NHL playoffs 5 times but never won a playoff series. During the 1981-1982 NHL playoffs, the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Calgary Flames 3-0 in the Division Semifinals to record the franchise’s first playoff series win. The Vancouver Canucks went on to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 in the Division Finals and the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in the Conference Finals to advance to the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history. The New York Islanders swept the Vancouver Canucks, however, shattering the Canucks’ hopes of a first Stanley Cup championship. The Vancouver Canucks also advanced to the Stanley Cup in 1994. In a memorable 7-game series with the Mark Messier-led New York Rangers, the Vancouver Canucks fell behind 3 games to 1 before winning Games 5 and 6 in order to force a decisive Game 7 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Vancouver Canucks fell short once again, however, suffering a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to the home Rangers. The Vancouver Canucks have not advanced past the western Conference Semifinals since that Stanley Cup appearance.
The Vancouver Canucks have retired the following players’ numbers: Stan Smyl’s #12; and Wayne Gretzky’s #99 (retired league-wide by the NHL on February 6, 2000). Wayne Maki’s jersey number #11 was unofficially retired by the Vancouver Canucks following his untimely death in 1974. Mark Messier, the Canucks Center from 1997-2000 is the only Canucks player to have worn #11 since.
Vancouver Canucks TV/Radio
All Vancouver Canucks hockey games can be seen on the Rogers Sportsnet Pacific television network in the greater Vancouver, British Columbia area. ESPN has television rights to Vancouver Canucks hockey games based on the popularity of the game. Tune into the Vancouver Canucks flagship station TEAM 1040 on your AM dial to catch each Vancouver Canucks hockey game on the radio.
The Vancouver Canucks play their home games at the Rogers Arena. The Rogers Arena is an indoor sports arena located at 800 Griffiths Way in the downtown area of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Opened in 1995, the arena was known as General Motors Place (GM Place) from its opening until July 6, 2010, when General Motors Canada ended its naming rights sponsorship and a new agreement for those rights was reached with Rogers Communications. Rogers Arena was built to replace Pacific Coliseum as Vancouver’s primary indoor sports facility and in part due to the National Basketball Association’s 1995 expansion into Canada, where Vancouver and Toronto were given expansion teams.
It is home to the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League and was the site for the ice hockey events at the 2010 Winter Olympics. The name of the arena temporarily became Canada Hockey Place during the Olympics. It was previously home to the Vancouver Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association from 1995 to 2001.
Rogers Arena has played host to numerous memorable and historic games, events and concerts, including the 1996 World Cup of Hockey, the 1998 NHL All-Star Game, the 1998 NBA Draft, the 2001 World Figure Skating Championships, the 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, the 2006 NHL Draft, and the World Wrestling Federation’s In Your House “International Incident” Event in 1996, the In Your House “Rock Bottom” event in 1998 and the Monday Night Raw TV show with Kid Rock in 2000. Memorable concert performances include U2’s 2005 Vertigo world tour, The Police’s 2007 Reunion tour and the Spice Girls’ Reunion Tour in 2007.
800 Griffiths Way
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 6G1