Former Vancouver Canuck Captain Chris Oddleifson made an appearance last Tuesday prior to the Canucks vs. Islanders game at GM Place. The 10th overall selection of the ’70 NHL Entry Draft was charismatic as usual as he mingled with fans in the concourse.
Oddleifson followed up his signing with surprise suite visits to the Mackenzie Financial and Apotex Suites. He delighted suite holders as he engaged in conversation with them about the “old days”, the state of the game today and his views on the current version of the Canucks. Oddleifson also signed autographs and took photos with the two groups.
After a trade from Boston for sniper Bobby Schmautz, Oddleifson proved himself to be a young leader on the new Canucks team. Oddleifson was one of Vancouver’s tops players for most of the 70’s and after a career year in 75-76 earned Captaincy for the following season. In ’79 Oddleifson found himself taking more of a defensive role with the Canucks due to the debut of future superstars such as Thomas Gradin and Stan Smyl. After being sent to the Dallas Blackhawks Oddie left to try 2 seasons in Switzerland before retiring in 1983. Oddleifson resides in Vancouver where he is an active member of the Canucks Alumni and the community.
Story by Leah Peden, Canucks Centre Student Associate