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Vancouver Canucks Team Formation

Less than a year later, the Oakland Seals were in financial difficulty and having trouble drawing fans. An apparent deal was in place to move the team to Vancouver, but the NHL did not want to see one of their franchises from the expansion of 1967 move so quickly and killed the deal. In exchange for avoiding a lawsuit, the NHL promised Vancouver would get a team in the next expansion. Another group, headed by Minnesota entrepreneur Tom Scallen, made a new presentation, and was awarded an expansion franchise for the price of $6 million, three times the cost in 1967. The new ownership group purchased the WHL Canucks, and joined the league along with the Buffalo Sabres for the 1970 - 1971 season.

New Ownership

Prior to the 1974 - 1975 season, Scallen and his ownership group from Minnesota sold the team to local media mogul Frank Griffiths for $9 million. Also in the summer of 1974, the Canucks were re-aligned within the league and placed in the new Smythe Division. They responded with their first winning record (38 wins, 32 losses and 10 ties), finishing first in the division with 86 points. Making their debut in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Canucks lost the opening series of the 1975 post-season in five games to the Montreal Canadiens. Head coach and general manager Phil Maloney (the third GM in team history after Poile and Hal Laycoe) recalled the importance of a successful season for the Canucks in that year specifically, as the rival league World Hockey Association had established another major professional team in the city, the Vancouver Blazers. Competing for the same hockey market, the Canucks emerged over the Blazers as the latter relocated to Calgary, Alberta, the following season. The Canucks posted a second consecutive winning record and made the playoffs in 1975 - 1976, but lost to the New York Islanders in a two-game preliminary series.

New General Motors Place

Their elimination from the 1995 Stanley Cup playoffs in Game 4 of the second round marked the Canucks' last game played at the Pacific Coliseum, as the team moved into the new General Motors Place (since renamed Rogers Arena), a new $160 million arena situated in Downtown Vancouver, the following season. 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.

The arena seats 18,910 for ice hockey and 19,700 for basketball, with 88 luxury suites, 12 hospitality suites and 2,195 club seats.

Bertuzzi Suspension

Amidst a run for the team's first Northwest Division title the following season, the Canucks received significant media attention for their involvement in a violent on-ice attack during a game against the Avalanche. On March 8, 2004, Bertuzzi grabbed Avalanche forward Steve Moore from behind and punched him in the head. As Moore fell to the ice, Bertuzzi landed on top of him; Moore suffered three fractured neck vertebrae, facial cuts and a concussion. Bertuzzi's actions were in retaliation of a hit that Moore landed on Naslund during a previous game between the two teams. For his actions, Bertuzzi was suspended by the NHL and International Ice Hockey Federation through to the start of the 2005 - 2006 season. He also faced legal action in British Columbia court, while Moore filed lawsuits against him and the Canucks organization in Colorado and Ontario courts.


Prior to the start of the 2012 - 2013 season the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) expired. Unable to agree on a new CBA the NHL enacted a lockout on September 15, 2012. The lockout continued on for 119 days which resulted in the need for a shortened season. After the lockout ended, the Vancouver Canucks played their first game of the season on January 19, 2013, losing 7-3 to the Anaheim Ducks. Afterwards, however, they bounced back, and at one point won six games in a row before losing to the Dallas Stars at home on February 15. In the 4-3 loss, Henrik Sedin became the Canucks' all-time leading scorer, while Ryan Kesler returned to the lineup after a shoulder injury. The Canucks wore Vancouver Millionaires replica jerseys on March 16, 2013 in a game versus the Detroit Red Wings to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Vancouver Millionaires, but lost 5-2.

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Canucks - Johnny Canuck, who originally appeared as a Canadian political cartoon character in 1869, was reinvented as a comic book action hero who fought Adolf Hitler, among other villains, during World War II. Canuck is also slang for Canadian, making Vancouver's hockey team the Canadian equivalent of the New York Yankees—with a little less money.

Rogers Arena
2011 - present
  • Canada Hockey Place
  • 2010
  • General Motors Place
  • 1995 - 2010

Pacific Coliseum
1970 - 1995

Canucks Sports & Entertainment
2006 - present
John McCaw, Jr. and Francesco Aquilini
2004 - 2006
John McCaw, Jr.
1997 - 2004
Arthur Griffiths
1988 - 1997
Frank Griffiths
1974 - 1988
Thomas Scallen
1970 - 1974

Established: 1970

League History:
National Hockey League
1970 - present

Team History:
Vancouver Canucks
1970 - present

Stanley Cups: 0

Retired Numbers:
10 Pavel Bure
12 Stan Smyl
16 Trevor Linden
19 Markus Naslund
99 Wayne Gretzky

Mascots: Unknown

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