THE CANUCKS: A TRADITION OF MULTI-TEAM PLAYERS

by Ron Spence

This year’s roster is one of the Canucks’ best – ever.

Gone are the days of all those re-tread players.

The spreadsheet below – courtesy of hockeydb.com – lists the names of 19 former Canucks,  who are amongst the 50 players to play on 8 or more teams.

The current Vancouver roster has some multi-team players.

Pavel Demitra and Darcy Hordichuk have played on 5 different teams. Willie Mitchell, Ryan Johnson and Ossi Vaananen have played on 4, while Taylor Pyatt, Steve Bernier, Shane O’Brien and Roberto Luongo have played on three.

That’s only a third of the roster to play on more than two teams.

Player Name Pos. Seasons # teams
Mike Sillinger C 1990-2008 12
Michel Petit D 1982-1998 10
J.J. Daigneault D 1984-2001 10
Jim Dowd C 1991-2008 10
Bobby Dollas D 1983-2001 9
Kevin Miller R 1988-2004 9
Brent Ashton C 1979-1993 9
Jim Cummins R 1991-2004 9
Tony Hrkac C 1986-2003 9
Bryan Marchment D 1988-2006 9
Jim McKenzie L 1989-2004 9
Randy Robitaille C 1996-2008 9
Sean Burke G 1987-2007 9
Reid Simpson L 1991-2004 9
Grant Ledyard D 1984-2002 9
Paul Coffey D 1980-2001 9
Carl Voss C 1926-1938 8
Larry Hillman D 1954-1973 8
Gary Smith G 1965-1980 8
Walt McKechnie C 1967-1983 8
Chuck Arnason R 1971-1979 8
Phil Housley D 1982-2003 8
Rob Ramage D 1979-1994 8
Mike Stapleton C 1986-2001 8
Greg Hawgood D 1987-2002 8
Doug Crossman D 1980-1994 8
Ken Hammond D 1984-1993 8
Dan Quinn C 1983-1997 8
Ted Donato L 1991-2004 8
Ron Tugnutt G 1987-2004 8
Bryan Smolinski C 1992-2008 8
Joel Bouchard D 1994-2006 8
Gerald Diduck D 1984-2001 8
Stu Grimson L 1988-2002 8
Marc Bergevin D 1984-2004 8
Dallas Eakins D 1992-2002 8
Kip Miller C 1990-2004 8
Igor Ulanov D 1991-2006 8
Anson Carter C 1996-2007 8
Geoff Sanderson L 1990-2008 8
Jarrod Skalde C 1990-2002 8
Nelson Emerson R 1990-2002 8
Sean Hill D 1990-2008 8
Eric Weinrich D 1988-2006 8
Benoit Hogue L 1987-2002 8
Jeff Norton D 1987-2002 8
Lyle Odelein D 1989-2006 8
Martin Rucinsky L 1991-2008 8
Chris Simon L 1992-2008 8
Jonathan Sim L 1998-2008 8

Most important, is that of Vancouver’s top seven scorers: the Sedins, Ryan Kessler, Alexandre Burrows, Kevin Bieksa, Alexander Edler, and Pavel Demitra, only the latter wasn’t a Canucks’ pick.

Four of Vancouver’s six top forwards have never played for another NHL team, and three of their top Dmen were Canucks’ draft picks.

Gone are the days when the Vancouver Canucks were supporting the NHL’s recycling program.

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