It seems like it’s been forever since the Canucks played and it feels as if it will be an eternity before they return to the ice again, but we’d run short on time trying to point out every reason the 2009-10 season was awesome. It ruled, it truly did.
From Rick Rypien feeding Hal Gill knuckle sandwiches and Roberto Luongo becoming the franchise shutout leader to beating Toronto in Toronto and Vancouver's Olympic glory, the moments were vast, numerous and wonderful.
Here is the finale of the top 30 moments of the season. Bon appétit.
10. COMEBACK CANUCKS
11 times, most recently April 2, 2010 vs. Anaheim
One of the biggest reasons the 2009-10 season will go down as a thriller was Vancouver’s never give up attitude. Regardless of how deep the deficit after 40 minutes, the comeback Canucks fought back for an NHL-high 11 wins, one off the league record of 12. Quack, quack
9. A TREMENDOUS MOVE
April 21, 2010 vs. Los Angeles
Henrik Sedin scored some timely goals this season, but few flew fans out of their seats like his game-winner in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quaterfinal in Los Angeles. Hank’s third career playoff winner had the reserved forward animated like never before. Clutch
8. THE HIT
October 21, 2009 vs. Chicago
KA-BOOM. Willie Mitchell was the KA and Jonathan Toews was the BOOM. Mitchell delivered the hit of the year on Toews as he lowered his right shoulder and introduced Toews to the Hawks logo as he breezed through centre ice. It was devastating. It was clean. It was epic
7. THE UNTHINKABLE RETURN
May 11, 2010 vs. Chicago
Men everywhere cringed when Sami Salo, merely trying to block a Duncan Keith’s shot, had the puck ricochet and catch him in the goods. Being the Chuck Norris-esque man that he is, Salo didn’t miss a game, prompting a balls of steel chant from the crowd in his return. OMG
6. RAYZOR BURN
January 30, 2010 vs. Toronto
The Canucks began their epic 14-game road trip with a comeback for the ages over the Maple Leafs and former T.O. tender Andrew Raycroft was the difference. He took the opportunity to thank his former fans with some mocking waves at the end of the game. Classic. Backup plan
5. BACK-TO-BACK JACKS
January 5, 2010 vs. Columbus & January 7, 2010 vs. Phoenix
Alex Burrows entered the Canucks history books as just the third player in franchise history to record back-to-back hat tricks when he torched the Blue Jackets and Coyotes for six goals in two games. Not since 1986-87 had a Canuck turned the trick twice in a row. A tip of the hat
4. GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE
2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver
With the Canucks boasting seven Olympians, odds were good that a few would medal at the Games, but no one saw things playing out the way they did. Roberto Luongo led Canada to gold over silver medalist Ryan Kesler and USA, while Sami Salo and Finland won bronze. Golden
3. MOVE OVER, BURE
April 10, 2010 vs. Calgary
Henrik to Daniel, SCORES! That was the call on Henrik Sedin’s 111th point of the season moving him one past Pavel Bure’s franchise record for most in a season of 110 from 1993-93. While Bure had 60 goals and 50 assists, Hank totaled 29 scores and 83 helpers. Record breaker
2. GOAL OF THE YEAR
April 10, 2010 vs. Calgary
You had to see the replay to believe it. Daniel cut in on goal from the left side and as Miikka Kiprusoff went for the poke check, Danny pulled the puck between his legs and roofed it for a beer-spilling, popcorn-throwing, eye-bugging highlight reel goal. Did he just do that?
1. ART (& MAYBE HART)
Henrik Sedin did the unthinkable in staving off Alex Oveckin and Sidney Crosby to become the first Canuck in franchise history to win the Art Ross Trophy. For his efforts, Hank is nominated for the Hart Trophy, which will be handed out June 23 at the NHL Awards. Hank for Hart