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 one of the Top 30 Moments of the season.
30. ROAD WARRIORS
What do Mario Bliznak, Aaron Volpatti, Alex Bolduc, Sergei Shirokov and Cody Hodgson have in common? They all tickled twine for their first NHL goal this season and they all did it on the road. They were all pretty, but Hodgson’s hospital goal (a lot of patience) wins out. That's a keeper
29. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
November 21, 2010 vs. Phoenix
I’m not great with numbers, but I believe Roberto Luongo made roughly 10 million saves this season. To me, a pointblank diving stick stop on a ping ponging rebound that bounced to Martin Hanzal was the most LUUUUUUUUU worthy – nine U’s. What. A. Save
June 15, 2011 vs. Boston
Mason Raymond was taken hard into the boards in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final; he suffered a fractured vertebrae on the play. That didn’t keep him from making an emotional return to Rogers Arena during Game 7. Fans gave Raymond a lengthy standing ovation. Thumbs up
December 12, 2010 vs. Edmonton
John Shorthouse called it: “That, mark my words come April, will be a candidate for goal of the year.” Daniel Sedin drives the puck into the Edmonton zone, the ricochet goes to Henrik, who sends it back cross-ice to Daniel, who ships it to Alex Burrows in front and in. Words marked
26. ROME-ING AROUND
March 29, 2011 vs. Nashville
With 15.8 seconds remaining and the Canucks leading the Predators 2-1, Aaron Rome dumped a puck out of the Vancouver zone and…wait…it… just…might…go…in…IT DID! Rome’s first goal as a Canuck sent teammates into a frenzy as they egged on the blueliner. Rome's first
25. BENCH ASSIST
February 7, 2011 vs. Ottawa
After breaking his stick, Ryan Kesler kicks the puck into the offensive zone and as he skates by the bench, Jannik Hansen hands over his lumber. Kesler retrieves the puck and hits Michael Samuelsson with it, he scores to give Vancouver a 3-0 lead over Ottawa. Fancy stickwork
December 15, 2010 vs. Columbus
After three two-goal games on the season and 12 career multi-goal efforts, Ryan Kesler finally turned the trick in a 3-2 overtime win against the Blue Jackets. Kesler beat Mathieu Garon in the first, second and then 1:30 into OT to seal the deal. Holy shnikes! A brand new hat
23. FLYING SHARKS
November 26, 2010 & May 22, 2011 vs. San Jose
Early in the season Dan Hamhuis sent Douglas Murray on a wild intergalactic ride with a colossal hip check outdone only by Keith Ballard’s hip-notic boom shakalaka, where, if you watch closely, Jamie McGinn’s soul actually leaves his body. Hamhuis' boom Ballard's boom
January 11, 2011 vs. New York Islanders
Mason Raymond knew right when he touched the puck at centre ice as the first Canucks shooter during the shootout he would try something new. What he did was pull a rabbit out of his hat with a spin-o-rama move that is still giving goaltender Kevin Poulin night terrors. Spin spin
21. NUMBERS GAME
March 14, 2011 vs. Minnesota
First team to 70, first team to 80, first team to 90 and the Vancouver Canucks were also the first team to 100 points in 2010-2011 eclipsing the 100-point plateau the earliest in team history. Vancouver has now passed the century mark seven times since 1970. One hundred