Saturday

The 7th Canuck

Let's take a look at the every Canucks player to wear jersey #7.

The Canucks unveiled their "7th Canuck" feature on Saturday Night. As a big thank you to all of the Canucks fans in the building and around the province, every game one lucky fan will be brought down to center ice to unveil the "7th Canuck" banner.

Let's take a look at every player in Canucks history to wear jersey #7.

Andre Boudrias - a crafty play making center best known for playing with Don Lever and Dennis Vervegaert, Andre Boudrias was a tremendously important offensive cog in the Canucks early days in the 1970s. Boudrias would lead the Canucks in scoring 4 times and later would captain the team.

Dave Fortier - Dave Fortier is a long forgotten rugged defenseman who played four seasons in the NHL. After short stays with Toronto and New York Islanders, he played one season, 1976-77, in Vancouver, scoring just one goal. He jumped to the WHA the next season.

Sid Veysey - A great local star in New Brunswick, Veysey played his only NHL game in Vancouver wearing #7

Pit Martin - The long time Chicago Blackhawk who was once traded for Phil Esposito finished his impressive career with two seasons on the west coast. The Canucks acquired him early in the 1977-78 season for future considerations. The Canucks later sent goaltender Murray Bannerman to complete the trade.

Gerry Minor - He played in parts of 5 seasons with the Canucks, but was only a regular in his rookie season of 1980-81. Minor played on a line with Brent Ashton and Jerry Butler, and was a regular on the penalty kill. Six of his ten goals that season came while shorthanded.

Gary Lupul - The speedy and popular Gary Lupul played over 300 games in Vancouver. The native of Port Alberni was a junior star in Victoria before joining the Canucks. He died of heart attack in 2007.

Tony Currie - Canucks fans must have been excited to learn Currie was joining their line up in the 1982 season. But it wasn't Jari Kurri, rather Tony Currie. Currie, who played some junior hockey in Penticton, came from St. Louis in exchange for Jim Nill. Currie would only play in 38 games over 3 seasons.

Barry Pederson - Poor Barry Pederson. He was a solid player in Vancouver, but he was a) a shadow of his former self after removing a huge chunk of muscle in his right arm due to a tumor and b) he was never able to live down being traded for Cam Neely. The Canucks had the right idea in bringing in the one-time Nanaimo and Victoria junior star, but he was never the same player.

Dan Quinn - Danny Quinn was as talented on the golf course as he was on the ice. Poor defensive play prevented him from ever becoming a top NHL player. After two seasons the Canucks traded Quinn and defenseman Garth Butcher for Geoff Courtnall, Robert Dirk, Sergio Momesso, and Cliff Ronning.

Cliff Ronning - Speaking of Ronning, he came to Vancouver, ripped the Quinn name plate off of the #7 jersey and becoming a fan favorite almost over night. The Burnaby born, New Westminster junior star was as crafty as they come.

David Roberts - A free agent signing in 1996, Roberts played a little bit over a season in Vancouver before disappearing from the league. The University of Michigan star was born in California.

Jamie Huscroft - Born in Creston, BC, Huscroft was a blue line tough guy who previously had played in New Jersey, Boston, Calgary and Tampa Bay. The Canucks traded another rugged rearguard named Enrico Ciccone to the Lightning to get the BC boy Huscroft. It was short lived though, as injuries kept Huscroft to just 33 games in parts of two seasons.

Robb Gordon - The Canucks once had high hopes for the pride of Murrayville, BC. The former Powell River and Kelowna junior superstar was called up for four games in 1998-99. It would be the only 4 games of his NHL career.

Brendan Morrison - The Canucks traded Alexander Mogilny to get a young Pitt Meadows native by the name of Brendan Morrison. The University of Michigan standout (he won the Hobey Baker award in 1997) oozed of potential, and he realized it in 8 fine seasons in Vancouver. The underrated two-way pivot was often overshadow, particularly by his West Coast Express linemates Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi.

1 comments:

Sean Zandberg 6:09 PM  

I may just like Dan Quinn the best because of who we all got gor him in return, which was a big chunk of the 1994 Cup run team.

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