Hockey History

Over their 50-year history, the Vancouver Canucks have had many players come through the doors of Rogers Arena and the Pacific Coliseum. It’s hard to remember them all, especially when they are more well-known in another jersey. In this series, we are going to look back at some former NHLers that played for the Canucks, but do
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Aug. 3 is an interesting date in NHL history. One of the teams in the league’s first wave of expansion officially announced its name. Also, the first U.S.-born player to skate in the league and a future Hall of Famer are among today’s birthday boys. So, let’s begin our daily trip back in time to
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Lorne “Gump” Worsley, born and raised in Montreal, was the last NHL goalie to play without a mask.  “My face is my mask,” he would say, refusing to don facial protection.  He acquired the nickname Gump as a youngster due to his facial resemblance to Andy Gump, a cartoon character of the time. The Origins
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On Feb. 6, 1990, Brett Hull scored his 50th goal of the season, to become part of the first father-son combo to each score 50 goals in an NHL season. We thought we pull this nugget out of The Hockey Writers’ vault. Originally put together by former THW contributor Bill Schoeninger and published on Feb. 9,
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National Hockey League fans in British Columbia have had a lot to be excited about on this date. An all-time great who broke barriers retired, and a talented second-generation star was born on this date, as well. Finally, a rare free agent frenzy made headlines as a plethora of stars found new homes. So, let’s
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The Ottawa Senators have been known to mismanage their assets. One that stands out is the trade that involved Derick Brassard and Mika Zibanejad. On July 18, 2016, the Senators traded Zibanejad and a 2018 second-round pick (Jonatan Berggren) to the New York Rangers for Brassard and a 2018 seventh-round pick (Luke Loheit). The Berggren
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A pair of “Original ”6 National Hockey League rivals made a one-sided trade on this date. Also, July 23 saw a long-time executive take a new job, the face of a franchise get traded to a new team and a rare NHL Entry Draft take place. The THW time machine has plenty of fuel to
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The 10th installment in this series has arrived after previously looking at how the Minnesota Wild did in their first nine drafts. If you missed any of them or want a refresher, you can find those recaps below: After making the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time, the Wild finished the 2008-09 NHL season with
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July 16 has not been the busiest day in National Hockey League history. However, a pair of Hockey Hall of Famers found new homes, and two playoff heroes were born on this date, as well. Stevens Heads to St. Louis The St. Louis Blues signed free-agent defenseman and future Hockey Hall of Famer, Scott Stevens,
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July 14 was a day that saw two big-name general managers hired by two “Original Six” franchises. Also, some future head coaches and executives were on the move during the playing days, and a Hall of Fame goalie gets a new home. The THW time machine is gassed up and ready to take back through
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July 13 has been all about returning to sites of great success throughout National Hockey League history. A handful of Hall of Fame players and coaches made return trips to teams they were either drafted by or hoisted Stanley Cups for. So. let’s begin our daily trip back in time to relive all the best
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Numbers, stats, and figures are an integral part of the hockey viewing experience. The game is rife with scoring slumps, hot streaks, losing skids, and dynastic stretches of winning. The thing is, not all streaks are created equal. Sometimes remarkable individual accolades take center stage as one particular player lights the league on fire. During
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Usually, July 1 is reserved for the signing of big free-agent contracts, but July 2 has seen its fair share of new deals getting done too. One Hall of Fame goaltender found a new home twice on this date, and another future Hall of Famer was born in Canada. Eddie the Eagle Cashes In…..Twice Goaltender
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