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Arena The Vancouver Canucks and Other Disasters

Discussion in 'Community' started by Zaz, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    Yes, folks, as one poster put it to me, if you are a fan of the Vancouver Canucks, you love pain. Talk about utter inability to do anything properly.

    It is true, however, that Vancouver has won the Stanley Cup once, in 1915. See below:

    "Vancouver has a very rich hockey tradition. Professional hockey has been played in the city almost continuously since 1911. The city's first professional team, the Vancouver Millionaires, played for the Stanley Cup five times, winning the prized trophy in 1915. It was also home to one of the first artificial ice arenas in North America. After the Millionaires disbanded in 1924, Vancouver was a top minor league city for many years, most notably by the Vancouver Canucks, who played from 1945 to 1970 in the Pacific Coast Hockey League and minor professional Western Hockey League. In 2000 the Vancouver Giants joined the major junior Western Hockey League."

    This thread is discuss how the Canucks have screwed up yet again. There will be no dearth of material for discussion, I assure you.
     
  2. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    The Canucks were granted a franchise by the NHL in 1970. That's right, 38 years ago. In all that time, they have reached the finals twice, but never won.
     
  3. RX_Sith

    RX_Sith C&G Game Host star 5 VIP - Game Host

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    They are probably most recognized for the "Halloween" type jerseys they wore. Here is a picture of it along with their other jerseys over the years.

    [image=http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourview/britishcolumbia/images/top-canucks-all.jpg]
     
  4. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    The original's not so bad...that's the blue and green one. But that Hallowe'en one is godawful. I heard they hired a consultant on that one. Obviously a stoned one, not uncommon in Vancouver in those days (and in these).
     
  5. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    So, then, first year (1970). Vancouver tossed a coin with the other new franchise, Buffalo (which, to be fair, hasn't won a Stanley Cup either), and Buffalo won the toss (surprise). They drafted Gilbert Perrault. Vancouver took Dale Tallon.
     
  6. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    I'm wrong; they spun a wheel: [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1970-71_Vancouver_Canucks_season] The Vancouver Canucks first season[/link]

    They still lost, and established the foundation of a long history of bad, bad, bad drafting.
     
  7. RX_Sith

    RX_Sith C&G Game Host star 5 VIP - Game Host

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    Yes, very interesting indeed how the Sabres got the first pick.

    Here is the original Canucks logo:

    [image=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/2b/VancouverCanucks1970s.png/150px-VancouverCanucks1970s.png]
     
  8. elemental_fantasy

    elemental_fantasy Jedi Padawan star 4

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    Wow, they still exist? I forgot about them.
     
  9. PTMurphy84

    PTMurphy84 Jedi Youngling star 2

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    Its because the NHL governing body has all but outlawed the one thing that makes the NHL worth watching: Punch-ups! And the Canucks have produced some hellacious Enforcers in the past...
     
  10. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    I don't mind fighting, and I think the enforcer rule is a joke.
     
  11. PTMurphy84

    PTMurphy84 Jedi Youngling star 2

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    It is, hockey players will find an excuse to fight.
    Hell, encourage em as long as they can play the damn game too! I can speak from experience, NHL games these days are less fun than AHL games because of the glut of idiotic rules. Ive been to many a Wolves game where the fans damn near riot because of a lack of fighting.

    Now, not to bash the Canucks, but ever since 82 you kind of have doomed yourselves with Towel Power. That is basically a gesture of surrender you know...
     
  12. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    I know. :p
     
  13. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    It appears Mats Sundin is going to retire, so much for that notion (a crappy one in the first place)
     
  14. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    Here we go, folks, it's Roberto Luongo and a cast of thousands.
     
  15. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    They're winning their pre-season games, which means they will start losing, and losing badly, once the season starts.
     
  16. imperial_dork

    imperial_dork Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Without Nazzy, I no longer have any interest in the 'Nucks.

    Except for my annual trip to Vancouver to see them play the Red Wings. :p
     
  17. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    Why the Wings in particular?
     
  18. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    First game, home opener: Against Calgary

    Vancouver wins 6-0.

    Vancouver didn't play particularly well (barring Luongo), but Calgary managed to play worse. The next game is against Calgary at home. I suspect the outcome will be different.
     
  19. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    And I'm right. 3-1 lead for Calgary in the second.
     
  20. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    Not as right as I thought. Canucks won 5-4 in overtime.
     
  21. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    Finally! The Canucks have a typical outing: 5-1 loss to Washington, having had only 10 shots the entire game. Bravo!
     
  22. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    Today: the Detroit Red Wings. It should not be fun. :p
     
  23. solo77

    solo77 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Ha Zas, 4-3 in OT!

    Go Canucks Go
     
  24. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    Yes, yes, but: 5-2 for Buffalo today. :p
     
  25. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    And...4-2 loss to Columbus.