Category Archives: CANUCKS – HOCKEY TRIVIA


by Ron Spence

Martin Brodeur holds the NHL record for the most careers wins. As of October 25, 2009, he has 563 Ws, and Patrick Roy is second with 551.

Who is the goalie – who played for the Canucks, Capitals and Penguins – and never won one NHL contest?

Martin Brochu.

He played in 6 games wearing a ‘nucks’ unform in 2001-02.

Previoulsy, he had played 2 games for the Capitals in 1998-99, and later played 1 game for the Penguins in 2003-04.

His NHL averages were: a 3.58 GAA, with a .876 Save Percentage.

His AHL records were a respectable 2.95 GAA and a .904 Save Percentage.

Brochu was claimed by Vancouver from Minnesota in the September 28, 2001 waiver draft.

After Brochu’s NHL shelling, the Canucks signed Peter Skudra as a free agent on November 7.



by Ron Spence

Which Blackhawks defenseman did Vancouver obtain in the NHL’s Intra-League Draft, on June 8, 1971.

Which star centre did the Canucks acquire on June 14, 1978 – from Chicago – for a 2nd round pick?

Name the tough winger who the Canucks traded to Chicago – for Tony Tanti – on January 6, 1983.

Dennis Kearns, Thomas Gradin, and Curt Fraser.


by Ron Spence

They are playing for the Stanley Cup south of the 49th, and the Memorial Cup north of the imaginary line.

When the Cup has been won, a Memorial Cup all-star team will be voted in.

Some retired Canucks have been voted onto the team.

Some were honoured, and then drafted by Vancouver. Some were honoured, drafted by another team, and then acquired by Vancouver.

Who were the Memorial Cup all-stars that the Canucks drafted?

Who were the all-stars who were later acquired?

Which two members of the Canucks’ world were all-stars?

Which current Canuck played for the Memorial Cup twice.

The following six were drafted by the Canucks:

Sherbrooke’s Jere Gillis won in 1977; Peterborough’s goalie Ken Ellacott won in 1978; Prince Albert’s Dan Hodgson won in 1985; Cornwall’s Marc Crawford won in 1981; Medicine Hat’s Trevor Linden won in 1988; and Spokane’s Brad Ference won in 1998.

The following four were drafted by other teams, and later traded to Vancouver:

Peterborough’s Mark Kirton won in 1978 – the same year as Ellacott; Chicoutimi’s Felix Potvin won in 1991; Kamloops’ Corey Hirsch won in 1992; and Brandon’s Bryan McCabe won in 1995.

In the Canucks’ organization, New Westminster’s Stan Smyl also won in 1978, and Kamloops’ Nolan Baumgartner won in both 1994 and 1995.

Roberto Luongo played in the Memorial Cup playoffs for Val-d’Or Foreurs in 1998, and Acadie-Bathhurst Titans in 1999.

Luc Bourdon played for the Memorial Cup in 2006 for the Moncton Wildcats.

Neither Roberto nor Luc were voted all-stars and their teams didn’t win the Memorial Cup.


by Ron Spence

Patrick Roy holds a number of NHL records. Two of them are: the most games played – 1029 – and career wins – 551. These will become Martin Brodeur‘s  by the end of the 2008-09 season.

Two former Canucks are in the Top 30 of the most games played. Sean Burke has played the 12th most NHL games with 820, and Felix Potvin is 30th with 635 games played. Also, the same two netminders are in the Top 35 of Career Wins. Sean Burke is 19th with 324, and Felix Potvin is 34th with 266.

We have three trivia questions.

1. Gump Worsley holds the NHL record for the most losses with 352. Which two former Canucks’ goalies – in addition to Burke and Potvin – are in the Top 25 of the most games lost?

2. Which two former Canucks’ goalies – who also played in the World Hockey Association – are in the Top 5 of the most games lost in the defunct league?

3. Patrick Roy faced more pucks than anyone in NHL history – 28353 shots. Name five goalies – who have worn a Canucks’ jersey – who are in the NHL’s Top 25 of the most pucks faced.

1. Career Losses: Sean Burke is 5th with 341 losses, but Kirk McLean is 23rd with 262 [although 32nd in games played], and Gary Smith 24th [although 46th in games played] with 261 losses. Felix Potvin is tied for 25th with 260 “Ls.”

2. WHA Losses: John Garrett was first with 151 and Richard Brodeur was 4th with 114. But Brodeur was also 2nd with 165, and Garrett was 5th with 148 wins. And Garrett was 2nd in the WHA’s records book with 14 shutouts.

3. Pucks Faced: Sean Burke is 6th with 23299, Felix Potvin 15th with 17864, Kirk McLean 18th with 16882, and Arturs Irbe 25th with 15033 shots on goal.

The fifth goalie in this group is Roberto Luongo, who is 24th with 15060 shots on the net – in his eight years plus career.

(Related to these figures are saves. Patrick Roy holds the record with 25807. Sean Burke is 6th with 21009, and Felix Potvin is 15th with 16170 saves. Kirk McLean is 19th with 14,978, and Arturs Irbe is 25th with 13520 saves. Roberto is 23rd with 13836 saves.).

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by Ron Spence

The Canucks have been infamous for their poor draft picks.

And, one of their bad selections was Petr Nedved – who they took 2nd overall in the 1990 draft.

Nedved had a high-scoring rookie season – 1989-90 – with Seattle, tallying 65 goals and 80 assists, in 71 games.

A few years after the Canucks had drafted the young Czech, Vancouver GM Pat Quinn admitted that Nedved had been the Thunderbirds’ third line centre, and had thus always played against rival third lines, and that in Major Junior, the talent level falls off drastically after the first two lines.

Why Vancouver hadn’t realized this before they had selected him, is another question.

So, who were these first and second line centres, who put up more points than Nedved’s 145, in 71 games?

And, which NHL teams did they go on to?

And how many goals did they score in the NHL?

They were Glen Goodall and Victor Gervais.

And neither would play a single NHL game.

Goodall scored 76 goals, and had 87 assists, in 67 games. And, Gervais had 64 goals, and 96 assists, in 69 games – with the Thunderbirds.

Goodhall had been drafted 206th overall, by Detroit in 1988.

The 5’8” 170 pounder would play a couple of seasons in the AHL/IHL, before being demoted to the ECHL and moving to Europe to play in the German leagues. He is currently playing for Ingolstadt in the DEL.

The 5’9” 170 pound Gervais was drafted 187th overall in 1989, and would bounce back and forth between the AHL/IHL and the ECHL, before also going to Germany.

He must have had some grit, as he played 16 games in the QSMHL in 2003-04, with Link Gaetz as a teammate.


by Ron Spence

The Canucks have been an NHL team for some 38 seasons.

During a third of the franchise’s history, they had a treadmill of captains.

One season, 1974-75, they were without a captain. In 1990-91, their three captains were Dan Quinn, Doug Lidster and Trevor Linden. Andre Boudrias (1975-76) and Chris Oddleifson (1976-77) wore “the C” for one season. Don Lever was captain for two campaigns (1977-79), Messier for three seasons (1997-2000), and Orland Kurtenbach (1970-74) for four seasons.

Of the three remaining captains – Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden, and Markus Naslund – whose captaincy was of the longest duration?

No, it’s not Trevor Linden. He was the captain for only six years (1991-97), and then gave up the captaincy to Mark Messier.

The answer is Stan Smyl.

Had I written – Who was the Captain for the most seasons, it would have technically been a tie. Both the Steamer (1982-90) and Markus (2000-2008) were captains for eight seasons.

But, Stan wore “the C” for more games. Markus was captain for eight seasons, but one of them was during the lockout year.

Also, Smyl wore “the C” for the 1982 run for the Stanley Cup – before he had been named the Canucks’ captain (In the spring of 1982, Kevin McCarthy had broken his ankle, and Number 14 had assumed his position.).

And, of Stan Smyl’s eight years, he was the captain for the full twelve months – handing over “the C” to Quinn, Lidster, and Linden just before the following season began.

Markus, on the other hand, became the captain on September 15, 2000, and gave it up when he signed with the Rangers this past July.