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Vancouver Canucks release Canucks at 40

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

VANCOUVER, B.C., — The Vancouver Canucks, in conjunction with Wiley Publishing, announced the launch of a Vancouver Canucks commemorative book for the 40th Anniversary season: Canucks at 40.

Canucks at 40: Our Game, Our Stories, Our Passion (Wiley / September 2010 / $39.95) gives readers unprecedented access to the organization’s four decades, with exclusive photos from the team archives and commentary from players, coaches and hockey insiders. The premise behind Canucks at 40 was to tell the “untold” stories of the Canucks franchise. The book contains 40 chapters, exploring the “behind-the-scenes” stories of the most animated characters and events that took place in the franchise’s history since 1970.

Canucks at 40 is on sale at the Canucks Team Store and available at a number of local retailers. For a full list, please visit

Canucks at 40 traces back to the first NHL game the Canucks ever played and examines the “behind-the-scenes” stories through the eyes of writers that both covered the team “on the beat” as media members and by a writer that worked in public relations for the team. On September 22nd, the two main writers of the book, Greg Douglas and Grant Kerr, will be on hand at Rogers Arena prior to the game, from 6:30-7:15, at section 113 to sign and discuss the book with fans.

Stories range from Orland Kurtenbach's early leadership, to the great goal scorers in team history, to playoff memories from two trips to the Stanley Cup Final, to Henrik Sedin’s rise in the NHL to capture the franchise’s first Art Ross and Hart Memorial Trophies.

Behind-the-scenes information includes the meticulous strategizing that secured the talented Sedin twins, the birth of "Towel Power" under Roger Neilson, the emotional roller coaster of Trevor Linden’s last day as an NHL player and the personal stories of colourful characters like Dave "Tiger" Williams, Gino Odjick and Jim Robson.

Inside Canucks at 40:

  • More than 250 full-color photos, some never before seen
  • History of the franchise with a look at luminaries such as Roberto Luongo and Trevor Linden and fan favourites from Stan Smyl to Markus Naslund

Offering a candid and behind-the-scenes look at one of hockey's most popular franchises, Canucks at 40 is a keepsake that devoted fans will treasure.

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