The Vancouver Canucks are a professional ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They play their home games at Rogers Arena, (formerly General Motors Place) which has a capacity of 18,860.
The Canucks joined the league in 1970 as an expansion team along with the Buffalo Sabres (the 13th and 14th teams to join). In its NHL history, the team has advanced twice to the Stanley Cup Finals but lost both times (to the New York Islanders in 1982 and the New York Rangers in 1994). The Canucks have also won seven division titles, including their most recent during the 2009/10 NHL season.
In the 2009-10 season, the Canucks faced the longest road trip in NHL history, with 14 games over 6 weeks, from January 27 to March 13, 2010, as a result of Vancouver hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. This allowed GM Place to be used for ice hockey during the games,which shut down the NHL for 2 weeks.
This marked the first time that an NHL market hosted an Olympics since the league allowed its players to compete in the games, beginning with the 1998 Games of Nagano. GM Place was “Canada Hockey Place” during the games, as the IOC wouldn’t allow corporate sponsorship for venues during the games. Their former home, Pacific Coliseum, also hosted events during the games, serving as the venue for figure skating and short-track speed skating.
That season, Henrik Sedin became the first Canuck ever to win the Art Ross Trophy by scoring 112 points. The issue was not resolved until the last day of play, when Sidney Crosby scored five points out of the eight needed to take home the trophy to Pittsburgh. Henrik would also eventually be awarded with the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player, beating out nominees Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin.
At the end of the regular season, Vancouver finished first in the Northwest Division, and third in the Western Conference. They opened the playoffs by defeating the sixth place Los Angeles Kings in six games, but once again, were defeated by eventual winners Chicago in six games in the second round.
On October 9, 2010, during a pre-game ceremony to commemorate the teams 40 years in the NHL, Henrik Sedin was officially named team captain.
The initial owners were Tom Scallen’s Medicor group. In 1972, hints of impropriety were circulating about Scallen. He was charged with stock fraud (Though he still insists that he did nothing wrong) and spent the last two years of his Canuck ownership in prison.
In 1974 Scallen and Medicor sold out to Frank Griffiths. From 1988 to 1997, the Vancouver Canucks were owned by local businessman and philanthropist Arthur Griffiths, who had inherited ownership from his father, Frank. However, he was forced to sell his majority interest in the Canucks after overextending his resources trying to build a new arena, GM Place (currently known as Rogers Arena). As a result, he sold his majority share to American billionaire John McCaw, Jr..
On November 17, 2004, the Anmoli Investment Group, headed by Francesco Aquilini, purchased a 50% share in Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment (the owners of both the Canucks franchise and Rogers Arena) from John McCaw, Jr..Prior to the sale, Aquilini and two business partners, Tom Gaglardi and Ryan Beedie, had negotiated with Orca Bay for several months without concluding an agreement.
In January 2005, Gaglardi and Beedie filed a lawsuit against Aquilini and Orca Bay, alleging that Aquilini and Orca Bay had acted in bad faith in concluding a deal using information obtained from their joint offer.
On November 8, 2006, Aquilini, along with his brothers Roberto and Paolo, purchased the remaining 50% of the Vancouver Canucks and Rogers Arena from McCaw.
In May 2007, Gaglardi and Beedie’s civil lawsuit over Aquilini’s purchase reached the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The court ruled for Aquilini, on January 10, 2008. The court held that there was no legal partnership between Aquilini, Beedie, and Gaglardi, and that McCaw was free to sell the team to anyone he wished.
On January 29, 2008 the company responsible for operating the Vancouver Canucks and Rogers Arena, changed its name from Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment to Canucks Sports & Entertainment.
The Vancouver Canucks’ mascot is an anthropomorphic killer whale (orca) named Fin Orca or Fin the Whale. He is often seen banging a First Nations drum, or skating around during intermission firing t-shirts out of the Boston Pizza compressed air cannon. On occasion, “smoke” also comes out of the “blowhole” on his head. Fin has his trademarked “chomping” where he “bites” the heads of fans.
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