The Vancouver Canucks are coming off their greatest season in franchise history. Actually. It was actually the best year to be a part of Canucks hockey, which made coming up with a list of the top moments and then narrowing it down to a mere 30 next to impossible.
The office debate rages on at Canucks headquarters as to what moments are list-worthy and in what order they should be in, but with the 2011-12 season quickly approaching, it’s time to get our top 30 moments out there.
This year was derailed at the very bitter end, but let’s not forget what an unbelievable ride it was. Here’s part three of the Top 30 Moments of the season.
Top 30 Moments: 30-21 - Top 30 Moments: 20-11
10. BEAUTIFUL AGAIN
June 16, 2011
Because of a select few troubled individuals, June 15, 2011 will go down in history for all the wrong reasons. Because of a large number of incredible individuals, June 16, 2011 will go down in history for all the right reasons. Because of you, Van is beautiful again. Healing begins
9. PASSING THE TORCH
October 9, 2010 vs. Los Angeles
There were plenty of options, but he was really the only choice. Before Vancouver kicked off its 40th anniversary season, Orland Kurtenbach, the Canucks first captain, presented Henrik Sedin with the C as he became the 13th player in franchise history to lead the charge. C for 33
8. #19 TO THE RAFTERS
December 11, 2010 vs. Tampa Bay
Markus Naslund, Vancouver’s all-time leading scorer, had his #19 raised to the rafters mid-season, his jersey will now hang alongside Smyl’s #12 and Linden’s #16. “I expected it to be a memorable night,” said Naslund, “but this is way beyond what I could even expect.” The ceremony
7. BACK-TO-BACK ART ROSS WINS
April 9, 2011 vs. Calgary
The Canucks weren’t playing for anything in their season finale, but effort was still insanely high as players helped Daniel Sedin pick up two points to clinch the Art Ross trophy giving the twins consecutive Art Ross wins for the first time in NHL history. #ArtforDaniel
6. CAN'T SPELL KESLER WITHOUT...
June 22, 2011
Third time was a charm for Ryan Kesler as he won the Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded to the forward who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game, in his third year nominated. Kesler praised his dad Mike for helping him develop a defence first mindset.
5. 11 SECONDS
June 4, 2011 vs. Boston
It took Alex Burrows longer to unlace his skates post-game than it did for him to play hero scoring 11 seconds into OT in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final for the second fastest Final OT goal ever, to give the Canucks a 2-0 series lead. Around Chara, around Thomas and in. 11 seconds
4. CALL IT A COMEBACK
June 4, 2011 vs. Boston
Manny Malhotra defied all odds when he returned to the Canucks line-up for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, a mere 29 games after suffering a tragic eye injury. Malhotra played 7:26 for Vancouver, recording a takeaway and a blocked shot while winning 6-of-7 faceoffs. MANNY!
3. THE PRESIDENTS' MEN
March 31, 2011 vs. Los Angeles
The Canucks achieved a lot of firsts during their 40th anniversary season and the most significant was capturing the Presidents’ Trophy. Vancouver finished with a record of 54-14-9 as it assaulted the alphabet with a P, X, Y and Z in the standings. Another first
May 24, 2011 vs. San Jose
The moment was primed for someone to step up and Kevin Bieksa was happy to oblige. His bizarre goal in double overtime of Game 5 of the Western Conference Final vaulted the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 17 years. One shot and it was instant elation. Wow
1. SLAYING THE DRAGON
April 26, 2011 vs. Chicago
"Patrick Kane gets the puck, sends it across for Campoli, it went over his stick but Ryan Johnson clears the zone, Hamhuis intercepts, dumps the puck back in, Campoli has it, flips it, Burrows steals, cutting in, shoots, SCORES! THEY SLAYED THE DRAGON! ALEX BURROWS 5:22 INTO OVERTIME! GAME 7 GOES TO VANCOUVER!" Can you believe it?