It came as a shock to hockey fans in Vancouver on Monday when both Henrik and Daniel Sedin revealed that the 2017-18 NHL season would be their last.
The Sedins, twin brothers from Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, have played with the Vancouver Canucks ever since they were drafted by the team in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft; a career spanning 17 seasons.
Henrik and Daniel have racked up some impressive stats with the Canucks, boasting over 1,000 points. Henrik leads in games played, assists, and power play points, where Daniel leads in scoring and is second in games played, assists and power play points.
While their on-ice presence was legendary, it was their off-ice work in the community that cemented their reputations. Their philanthropic work around Vancouver earned them respect and admiration from locals and visitors alike. Never ones to boast, the Sedins were humble about their goodwill.
The Canucks host their last home game of the season on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 against the visiting Arizona Coyotes. It’s also the last time the twins play in Rogers Arena. Their final game is in Edmonton against the Oilers on Saturday, April 7th, 2018
During a match on Monday, March 5th, 2018 between the Vancouver Canucks and the visiting New York Islanders, forward Brock Boeser suffered an injury in the closing seconds of the third period.
Boeser, 21, collided with Cal Clutterbuck, tumbling to the ice with his back hitting the exposed frame of the door to the Canucks bench.
A statement posted by the Vancouver Canucks to Twitter stated Boeser will fully recover in 4 to 6 weeks. Imaging done at a local hospital found a “soft tissue injury and a small non-structural, non-displaced fracture of the transverse process in his lower back.”
The Canucks would beat the Islanders 4-3 in overtime.
The Vancouver Canucks named Travis Green as their 19th head coach at a press conference Wednesday morning.
Green joins the Canucks from the Utica Comets, the club’s AHL farm team, where he also served as head coach. Under Green’s leadership, the Comets went 35-32-9 during the 2016-17 season; since 2013, he’s coached 304 games going 155-110-39.
The Castlegar, BC native played in the NHL after being drafted by the New York Islanders in 1989 and competed with the Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple LEafs, Boston Bruins, while appearing in 56 post season games.
Following one of the Vancouver Canucks’ worst seasons, the team announced this morning that Willie Desjardins would no longer be coaching the team. Also let go were assistant coaches Doug Lidster and Perry Pearn.
General Manager Jim Benning made the statement, adding that “…we felt this change was necessary as we continue to develop a young team and look ahead to the future.”
After 12 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, winger Alex Burrows heads east in a trade with the Ottawa Senators. In return, Vancouver receives forward Jonathan Dahlen from Ottawa.
Burrows, who hails from Pincourt, Quebec, spent his entire NHL career (up until this point) with the Canucks. Known for his aggressive style of play, he was no stranger to controversy involving other players and on-ice officials. Burrows tenacity was a boon for Vancouver, especially scoring shorthanded or overtime goals when needed. During his 2016-17 season with the Canucks, Burrows scored nine goals, with 11 assists, earning 20 points.
Dahlen, from Ostersund, Sweden, started the 2016-17 season with the club Timra, scoring 24 goals, with 17 assists for 41 points. He has also played for Sweden’s national team in the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, as well as the under-17 competition in 2016.
In what seems like downsizing, the Vancouver Giants confirmed Tuesday that the team is leaving the Pacific Coliseum for the Langley Events Centre. The WHL team will play the 2016-17 season at the new facility.
The 5,276 seat Langley Events Centre, situated at 7888 200 Street, Langley, is a considerably smaller venue than the aging Pacific Coliseum. The 15,713 seat Coliseum was home to the Giants since their inception to the league in 2001.
Giants owner Ron Toigo stated that “This is a decision that allows us to relocate to an area where a very high percentage of our core demographic live.” and “…allows us to have a home venue whose size will enable us to sell out games, create a fun game night atmosphere and give the team some real home ice advantage.”
A name change is not in the plans of the team’s transition from Vancouver into Langley; they will still be called the Vancouver Giants.
The Vancouver Canucks have received defenceman Philip Larsen in a transaction with the Edmonton Oilers for a fifth round pick in 2017 NHL Draft according to a release by the Canucks.
Larsen, who hails from Esbjerg, Denmark, played 54 games for Jokerit Helsinki during the 2015-16 season in the KHL, collecting 38 points from 12 goals and 26 assists with 39 penalty minutes. Before joining Vancouver, Larsen participated in 125 games between the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers, amassing 31 points with 8 goals and 23 assists with 42 minutes in the sin bin.
The 26 year-old defenceman was selected 149th in the fifth round of the 2008 NHL Draft by the Dallas Stars.
It’s that time of the year again! After missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs last year, the Vancouver Canucks are back and paired up with a familiar rival: the Calgary Flames. The two teams appear evenly matched, so it’s expected to be close, yet exciting series.
Game 1: Wednesday, April 15th – 7:00 pm PDT at Vancouver
Game 2: Friday, April 17th – 7:00 pm PDT at Vancouver
Game 3: Sunday, April 19th – 7:00 pm PDT at Calgary
Game 4: Tuesday, April 21st – 7:00 pm PDT at Calgary (if necessary)
Game 5: Thrusday, April 23rd TBD at Vancouver (if necessary)
Game 6: Saturday, April 25th TBD at Calgary (if necessary)
Game 7: Monday, April 27th TBD at Vancouver (if necessary)
With the 2015 trade deadline come and gone, the Vancouver Canucks have added two new forwards to their roster. Sven Baertschi, joins from the Calgary Flames in return for a second round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Cory Conacher comes over from the New York Islanders in a swap with Dustin Jeffrey. General Manager Jim Benning held a briefing Monday to welcome the two to Vancouver.
Baertschi, who hails from Bern, Switzerland, made 15 appearances this season with the Flames racking up four assists for four points, along with six penalty minutes. Picked 13th in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames, Baertschi has played in 66 NHL games with the team.
Conacher, from Burlington, Ontario, also played in 15 games this season with the Islanders, scoring one goal with two assists for three points and 14 penalty minutes. Conacher played previously for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres before signing as a free agent with the New York Islanders on July 1st, 2014.
With goaltender Ryan Miller sidelined for a possible four to six weeks, the Vancouver Canucks have brought Jacob Markstrom up from the Utica Comets.
Miller suffered an injury to his right knee after fellow Canuck Jannik Hansen collided with him during the game against the New York Islanders on Sunday, February 22nd. Vancouver would go on to beat New York 4-0.
The 25-year old Markstrom has played 26 games going 17-7-2 with four shutouts during this season in the AHL. Markstrom, who hails from Gavle, Sweden joins fellow countryman Eddie Lack in net.