Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks, in front of their loyal season ticket holders at the club’s annual ‘Canucks Summer Summit’, unveiled plans for their season long 40th Anniversary celebration. This season the Canucks will celebrate ‘40 Years of the Game We Love’ and ‘BC’s Biggest Family Reunion’.
Among the many key initiatives announced at the ‘Canucks Summer Summit’ this evening were: Markus Naslund Night, the Ring of Honour, Orland Kurtenbach as the first inductee in the Ring of Honour, the unveil of the Canucks original sweater from 1970, the 40th Anniversary patch to be worn on the Canucks ‘original sweater’ and 40 Stories-40 Nights. The ‘Canucks Summer Summit’ was hosted by Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Robson and Canucks play-by-play man John Shorthouse.
Markus Naslund Night
The Vancouver Canucks will retire longtime captain Markus Naslund’s #19 to the rafters at Rogers Arena on Saturday, December 11th when the Canucks host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Naslund retired from the NHL following the 2008.09 season as the Canucks all-time leader in points with 756. Naslund played 12 of his 15 NHL seasons in a Canucks uniform and was the captain between 2000.01 and 2007.08. In a Canucks uniform, Naslund led the team in scoring for a club record seven seasons, scored 30 or more goals six different times and enjoyed three consecutive seasons with 40 or more goals.
For his efforts, Naslund was the recipient of the Lester B. Pearson Award as the League’s Most Outstanding Player (as voted on by the players) in 2002.03 and was a First Team NHL All-Star in three consecutive seasons (2001.02, 2002.03, 2003.04). Naslund will join Stan Smyl and Trevor Linden as just the third player in Canucks history to receive the highest honour a club can bestow upon a player.
In addition to his on-ice success, Naslund, his wife Lotta and their children were committed to charitable initiatives in British Columbia. Throughout his 12 years in Vancouver, Naslund was devoted to supporting the Canucks signature charities and helping raise funds for those in need. For many years he hosted underprivileged children in “Nazzy’s Suite 19” and was deeply connected with Canuck Place and BC Children’s Hospital throughout his entire career in Vancouver.
Ring of Honour
The Ring of Honour initiative will launch this season and is intended to celebrate and salute Canuck heroes who have made a lasting impact on the franchise. This on-going initiative will see four members inducted this season beginning on Tuesday, October 26th when the Canucks host the Colorado Avalanche. The first to be inducted in the Ring of Honour will be the Canucks first captain, former Head Coach and an active member of the Canucks Alumni for over 40 years, Orland Kurtenbach. Each Ring of Honour Night will include an on-ice presentation, a video tribute and the unveiling of a permanent in-arena display.
Kurtenbach played for the Western Hockey League Canucks in the late 1950s before beginning his 13 year NHL career. He concluded his career in Vancouver as the Canucks captain for their first four seasons and later went on to be Vancouver’s Head Coach for two seasons.
The remaining three dates and inductees for the Ring of Honour will be announced as the season progresses.
Canucks alternate captain and recipient of the 2009.10 Art Ross and Hart Trophies, Henrik Sedin, unveiled in a video presentation the ‘original sweater’ from 1970 that the club will wear several times this season. The Canucks will wear the sweater, originally designed by Joe Borovich, on opening night when they host the Los Angeles Kings on October 9th. The sweater which features the ‘Stick and Rink’ logo on the chest is white with blue and green accents. The ‘original sweater’ worn by the club in their inaugural season also features a large ‘V’ for Vancouver on each sleeve with only the player number on the back and no name bar.
The Canucks also unveiled the 40th mark that will be worn on their 'original sweater', as a helmet decal and at centre ice at Rogers Arena all season long.
40 Stories-40 Nights
The Canucks unveiled their season long plan to celebrate the many people, characters and stories that have made up their history. The 40 Stories-40 Nights initiative will allow the club to engage its fans in-arena, online, on television and in print publications with the lasting memories that we all share as Canucks fans.
For further information about these and future announcements about the Canucks 40th Anniversary, please go to Canucks.com/40th.