1991–92 Vancouver Canucks season
|1991–92 Vancouver Canucks|
|Smythe Division Champions|
|General Manager||Pat Quinn|
|Alternate captains||Doug Lidster
|Goals||Pavel Bure (34)|
|Assists||Cliff Ronning (47)|
|Points||Trevor Linden (75)|
|Penalties in minutes||Gino Odjick (348)|
|Wins||Kirk McLean (38)|
|Goals against average||Kirk McLean (2.74)|
In the off-season, the Canucks fourth round draft pick in 1989 was finally validated and the Canucks now officially held the NHL rights to Pavel Bure. There was still a problem, though. His release from the Central Red Army still needed to be negotiated and there was no guarantee that he would play for the Canucks in the upcoming season. Director of Hockey Operations Brian Burke accepted the job as General Manager of the Hartford Whalers and took Milwaukee Admirals Head Coach, Rick Ley to coach his team. George McPhee filled the vacant front-office post and Jack McIlhargey became the new coach on the farm. Ron Wilson became an assistant coach, as did Stan Smyl, who tearfully resigned from active playing. "The Steamer" retired as the team's all-time leader in games (896), goals (262), assists (411), and points (673). Pat Quinn elected to retain all three titles (President, General Manager, and Head Coach) instead of hiring a new coach. Craig Coxe was chosen by the San Jose Sharks in the expansion draft, and Steve Bozek signed with the same club as a free agent. To fill the void, 13-year veteran and Burnaby-native C Ryan Walter was signed away from Montreal.
Forward Trevor Linden is named sole team captain. Defenceman Doug Lidster (who shared the captaincy last season with Linden) is returned to his previous role of an alternate captain. Newly signed forward Ryan Walter, is named the other alternate captain.
Regular season 
The team season opened with a home-and-home series against the expansion San Jose Sharks and the Canucks swept. Pavel Bure, staying in California with his father and brother, watched the game at the Cow Palace from the press box. They managed to roll up a 7–1–1 record, the last being a 3–1 victory over the Washington Capitals on October 24 which leap-frogged the Canucks past Washington into first place in the NHL standings. On November 3, the Canucks paid tribute to their long-time captain and all-time leading scorer turned assistant coach (Smyl) with a special pre-game ceremony. He was presented with a Harley Davidson motorcycle, among other gifts, and had his number 12 raised to the rafters at Pacific Coliseum. In the game to follow, Igor Larionov broke out of a long drought by scoring his first three goals of the season in a 7–2 rout of Edmonton. The Pavel Bure debacle was being settled during that time and two nights later he made his NHL debut before a packed Coliseum against the Winnipeg Jets. The "Russian Rocket", as he became known, dazzled the crowd with three spectacular rushes but failed to score in a 3–3 tie. Three games later, Bure scored his first two NHL goals in an 8–2 romp of the Los Angeles Kings. Playing with Larionov and Greg Adams, Bure completed the "BIG Line", which became, arguably, the most dangerous offensive unit in Canucks history. Though all of the experts were predicting otherwise, the Canucks remained among the NHL's elite throughout the season, hitting a high point with an 11–0 shellacking of the Calgary Flames on March 1. Bure would roll to 34 goals, many of the highlight-reel variety, breaking Ivan Hlinka's club rookie record in only 65 games. His 60 points equaled Hlinka's total from 1981–82. Trevor Linden's 75 points led the team in scoring for the second straight year, Cliff Ronning was second with 71 points and Larionov finished third with 65. Kirk McLean rebounded to have a terrific season in goal, winning a club-record 38 games and recording a 2.74 goals-against average with five shutouts earning him team MVP honors. Gino Odjick broke Dave Williams' 11-year old single-season penalty minutes record with 348 and, what's more, he did it in only 65 games. Overall, the team racked up club record totals of 42 wins and 96 points and won the Smythe Division by eight points over Los Angeles. The only threat to their division crown was a 10-day strike in early April that threatened to wipe out the playoffs. Finally, the streak of losing seasons had been halted at 16 years and, for the first time since 1982, the Canucks would open up a playoff series at home.
The Canucks would eventually win the first round against the Winnipeg Jets, in seven games, after trailing the series 3–1. However, the Canucks would not get past the Edmonton Oilers and lost the series in six games.
If it was any consolation, the Canucks were pretty successful in post-season hardware. They didn't win the Stanley Cup, but Pavel Bure won the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the year, Pat Quinn won the Jack Adams Award as Coach of the Year, and Ryan Walter won the Bud Light NHL Man of the Year for his work in the community. As well, Kirk McLean is runner-up for the Vezina Trophy (top goaltender) and is named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team.
Regular season 
|Los Angeles Kings||80||35||31||14||287||296||84|
|San Jose Sharks||80||17||58||5||219||359||39|
Game log 
Monthly Record: 9–3–1 (Home 5–1–1; Road 4–2–0)
|1||October 4||San Jose||3 – 4||Vancouver||McLean||16,123||1–0–0||2|
|2||October 5||Vancouver||5 – 2||San Jose||McLean||10,888||2–0–0||4|
|3||October 8||Vancouver||3 – 2||Winnipeg||OT||McLean||8,689||3–0–0||6|
|4||October 10||Vancouver||6 – 7||Chicago||Gamble||17,322||3–1–0||6|
|5||October 12||Vancouver||2 – 1||Toronto||McLean||15,759||4–1–0||8|
|6||October 13||Vancouver||3 – 1||Buffalo||McLean||14,403||5–1–0||10|
|7||October 17||Boston||3 – 3||Vancouver||OT||McLean||15,986||5–1–1||11|
|8||October 19||Calgary||2 – 5||Vancouver||McLean||15,226||6–1–1||13|
|9||October 21||Toronto||1 – 4||Vancouver||McLean||13,108||7–1–1||15|
|10||October 24||Washington||1 – 3||Vancouver||McLean||16,104||8–1–1||17|
|11||October 26||Vancouver||4 – 5||Edmonton||McLean||16,446||8–2–1||17|
|12||October 27||Edmonton||6 – 3||Vancouver||McLean||14,646||8–3–1||17|
|13||October 29||New Jersey||3 – 4||Vancouver||McLean||12,196||9–3–1||19|
Monthly Record: 7–4–2 (Home 6–2–1; Road 1–2–1)
|14||November 1||St. Louis||3 – 2||Vancouver||McLean||16,123||9–4–1||19|
|15||November 3||Edmonton||2 – 7||Vancouver||McLean||15,651||10–4–1||21|
|16||November 5||Winnipeg||2 – 2||Vancouver||OT||McLean||16,123||10–4–2||22|
|17||November 7||Vancouver||4 – 3||Los Angeles||McLean||16,005||11–4–2||24|
|18||November 10||NY Islanders||0 – 6||Vancouver||McLean||16,123||12–4–2||26|
|19||November 12||Los Angeles||2 – 8||Vancouver||McLean||16,123||13–4–2||28|
|20||November 14||Vancouver||2 – 2||Calgary||OT||McLean||19,688||13–4–3||29|
|21||November 16||San Jose||0 – 1||Vancouver||McLean||15,950||14–4–3||31|
|22||November 19||NY Rangers||4 – 3||Vancouver||McLean||16,077||14–5–3||31|
|23||November 21||Vancouver||2 – 3||Calgary||McLean||20,055||14–6–3||31|
|24||November 22||Calgary||5 – 6||Vancouver||OT||McLean||16,123||15–6–3||33|
|25||November 26||Vancouver||1 – 4||San Jose||Gamble||10,888||15–7–3||33|
|26||November 29||Chicago||2 – 5||Vancouver||McLean||16,123||16–7–3||35|
Monthly Record: 6–4–3 (Home 3–1–2; Road 3–3–1)
|27||December 1||Vancouver||0 – 7||Edmonton||McLean||15,502||16–8–3||35|
|28||December 3||Vancouver||0 – 3||Quebec||McLean||13,033||16–9–3||35|
|29||December 4||Vancouver||3 – 0||Montreal||McLean||16,573||17–9–3||37|
|30||December 7||Vancouver||3 – 6||Toronto||Gamble||15,781||17–10–3||37|
|31||December 10||Edmonton||7 – 4||Vancouver||McLean||14,974||17–11–3||37|
|32||December 12||Minnesota||5 – 7||Vancouver||Gamble||14,803||18–11–3||39|
|33||December 14||Vancouver||4 – 4||Los Angeles||OT||McLean||16,005||18–11–4||40|
|34||December 17||Detroit||1 – 2||Vancouver||McLean||15,609||19–11–4||42|
|35||December 19||Winnipeg||1 – 3||Vancouver||McLean||16,123||20–11–4||44|
|36||December 22||Quebec||6 – 6||Vancouver||OT||McLean||16,123||20–11–5||45|
|37||December 27||Philadelphia||1 – 1||Vancouver||OT||McLean||16,123||20–11–6||46|
|38||December 28||Vancouver||3 – 2||San Jose||McLean||10,888||21–11–6||48|
|39||December 31||Vancouver||5 – 3||Los Angeles||McLean||16,005||22–11–6||50|
Monthly Record: 7–3–1 (Home 2–2–0; Road 5–1–1)
|40||January 3||Vancouver||3 – 3||Washington||OT||McLean||16,789||22–11–7||51|
|41||January 4||Vancouver||3 – 4||Minnesota||Gamble||15,204||22–12–7||51|
|42||January 7||San Jose||1 – 4||Vancouver||McLean||15,816||23–12–7||53|
|43||January 12||Pittsburgh||4 – 3||Vancouver||McLean||16,123||23–13–7||53|
|44||January 14||Vancouver||4 – 2||Winnipeg||McLean||14,737||24–13–7||55|
|45||January 15||Vancouver||5 – 3||Edmonton||McLean||15,176||25–13–7||57|
|46||January 21||Vancouver||5 – 3||Quebec||Gamble||13,634||26–13–7||59|
|47||January 23||Vancouver||3 – 1||Detroit||McLean||19,816||27–13–7||61|
|48||January 25||Vancouver||1 – 0||St. Louis||OT||McLean||18,215||28–13–7||63|
|49||January 28||Edmonton||5 – 3||Vancouver||McLean||16,123||28–14–7||63|
|50||January 30||Chicago||1 – 4||Vancouver||McLean||16,123||29–14–7||65|
Monthly Record: 5–6–2 (Home 3–2–1; Road 2–4–1)
|51||February 1||Hartford||4 – 4||Vancouver||OT||McLean||16,123||29–14–8||66|
|52||February 4||Montreal||3 – 5||Vancouver||McLean||16,123||30–14–8||68|
|53||February 6||NY Islanders||5 – 4||Vancouver||OT||Gamble||15,689||30–15–8||68|
|54||February 10||Vancouver||3 – 8||Montreal||McLean||16,838||30–16–8||68|
|55||February 12||Vancouver||2 – 5||NY Rangers||McLean||16,002||30–17–8||68|
|56||February 13||Vancouver||3 – 5||New Jersey||Gamble||12,702||30–18–8||68|
|57||February 15||Vancouver||1 – 3||NY Islanders||McLean||9,911||30–19–8||68|
|58||February 17||Vancouver||3 – 3||NY Rangers||OT||McLean||18,200||30–19–9||69|
|59||February 19||Buffalo||5 – 6||Vancouver||McLean||16,123||31–19–9||71|
|60||February 21||Vancouver||5 – 3||San Jose||McLean||10,888||32–19–9||73|
|61||February 23||Boston||1 – 2||Vancouver||OT||McLean||16,123||33–19–9||75|
|62||February 25||Los Angeles||4 – 3||Vancouver||McLean||16,123||33–20–9||75|
|63||February 28||Winnipeg||3 – 5||Vancouver||McLean||16,123||34–20–9||77|
Monthly Record: 7–5–2 (Home 3–1–1; Road 4–4–1)
|64||March 1||Calgary||0 – 11||Vancouver||McLean||35–20–9||79|
|65||March 2||St. Louis||5 – 3||Vancouver||McLean||35–21–9||79|
|66||March 5||Vancouver||2 – 2||Boston||OT||Gamble||35–21–10||80|
|67||March 7||Vancouver||5 – 1||Hartford||Gamble||36–21–10||82|
|68||March 8||Vancouver||7 – 3||Philadelphia||McLean||37–21–10||84|
|69||March 12||New Jersey||1 – 2||Vancouver||McLean||38–21–10||86|
|70||March 14||Vancouver||6 – 4||Calgary||McLean||39–21–10||88|
|71||March 18||Hartford||1 – 3||Vancouver||Gamble||40–21–10||90|
|72||March 20||Winnipeg||2 – 2||Vancouver||OT||Gamble||40–21–11||91|
|73||March 22||Vancouver||1 – 5||Winnipeg||Gamble||40–22–11||91|
|74||March 24||Vancouver||4 – 2||Minnesota||McLean||41–22–11||93|
|75||March 26||Vancouver||3 – 7||Pittsburgh||Gamble||41–23–11||93|
|76||March 28||Vancouver||1 – 3||Detroit||McLean||41–24–11||93|
|77||March 29||Vancouver||4 – 7||Washington||McLean||41–25–11||93|
Monthly Record: 1–1–1 (Home 1–0–1; Road 1–0–0)
|78||April 12||Los Angeles||6 – 1||Vancouver||Gamble||16,123||41–26–11||93|
|79||April 14||Vancouver||3 – 2||Los Angeles||McLean||16,005||42–26–11||95|
|80||April 16||Calgary||4 – 4||Vancouver||OT||Gamble||15,843||42–26–12||96|
- Green background indicates win.
- Red background indicates regulation loss.
- White background indicates tie.
Smythe Division Semi-finals: vs. (4) Winnipeg Jets 
Vancouver wins series 4–3
|1||April 18||Winnipeg||3 – 2||Vancouver||McLean||0 – 1|
|2||April 20||Winnipeg||2 – 3||Vancouver||McLean||1 – 1|
|3||April 22||Vancouver||2 – 4||Winnipeg||McLean||1 – 2|
|4||April 24||Vancouver||1 – 3||Winnipeg||McLean||1 – 3|
|5||April 26||Winnipeg||2 – 8||Vancouver||McLean||2 – 3|
|6||April 28||Vancouver||8 – 3||Winnipeg||McLean||3 – 3|
|7||April 30||Winnipeg||0 – 5||Vancouver||McLean||4 – 3|
Smythe Division Final: vs. (3) Edmonton Oilers 
Edmonton wins series 4–2
|1||May 3||Edmonton||4 – 3||Vancouver||OT||McLean||0 – 1|
|2||May 4||Edmonton||0 – 4||Vancouver||McLean||1 – 1|
|3||May 6||Vancouver||2 – 5||Edmonton||McLean||1 – 2|
|4||May 8||Vancouver||2 – 3||Edmonton||McLean||1 – 3|
|5||May 10||Edmonton||3 – 4||Vancouver||McLean||2 – 3|
|6||May 12||Vancouver||0 – 3||Edmonton||McLean||2 – 4|
Player stats 
Scoring leaders 
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes
Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average
Scoring leaders 
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes
Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average
Awards and records 
1992 Canuck Awards Winners 
- Molson Cup - Pavel Bure
- President's Trophy - Kirk McLean
- Ram Tough Award - Gerald Diduck
- Cyclone Taylor Trophy - Kirk McLean
- Cyrus H. McLean Trophy - Trevor Linden
- Babe Pratt Trophy - Jyrki Lumme
- Fred J. Hume Award - Garry Valk
- Most Exciting Player - Pavel Bure
- Named NHL Player-of-the-Month for October after posting a 9–2–1 record and a 2.37 GAA. He became the first Canuck to achieve the honor on November 1, 1991.
- Records his 20th victory in a 3–2 win at San Jose on December 22, 1991. Becoming the fastest Canuck goaltender to reach the 20-win mark.
- Selected to represent the Campbell Conference at the 43rd NHL All-Star Game in Philadelphia on January 18, 1992.
- Played in his 250th career NHL game on March 8, 1992 at Philadelphia and recorded his 33rd win of the season to set a single season franchise record for most wins.
- Recorded 100th career NHL win on March 14, 1992 at Calgary.
- Tied for NHL lead with most wins in the 1991–92 NHL season with 38.
- Tied for the NHL lead for most shutouts in the 1991–92 NHL season with 5.
- Named on the NHL Second All-Star Team on June 16, 1992.
- Named on the Sporting News All-Star Second Team on June 16, 1992.
- Nominated for the Vezina Trophy, but lost to Patrick Roy on June 16, 1992.
- Scored his first two NHL goals in an 8–2 victory vs. Los Angeles on November 12, 1991.
- Scored 34 goals to break Ivan Hlinka's franchise rookie goal-scoring record from the 1981–82 season.
- Tied with Ivan Hlinka for the franchise rookie points record with 60.
- Named NHL Rookie-of-the-Month for March/April on April 18, 1992.
- Won the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year on June 16, 1992.
- Recorded his 200th career NHL assist on November 1, 1991 vs. St. Louis.
- Recorded his 400th career NHL point on November 3, 1991 vs. Edmonton.
- Scored his 200th career NHL goal on November 5, 1991 vs. Winnipeg.
- Had a 9-game point streak scoring 7 goals and recorded 7 assists for 14 points from October 27-November 16.
- Scored 2 goals and recorded 3 assists for 5 points on December 22, 1991 at Quebec.
- Set a club record with 281 shots on goal.
- Recorded his 200th career NHL and Canuck point on November 5 vs. Winnipeg.
- Selected to represent the Campbell Conference at the 43rd NHL All-Star Game in Philadelphia on January 18, 1992. Linden recorded a goal and an assist at the game.
- Played in his 300th career NHL and Canuck game on March 7, 1992 at Hartford.
- Led the team in scoring for the second-straight season.
- Had a 8-game point streak scoring 2 goals and recorded 11 assists for 13 points.
- Played 200th career NHL game on October 21, 1991 vs. Toronto.
- Had a 9-game point streak scoring 5 goals and recorded 8 assists for 13 points from October 17-November 5.
- Recorded his 100th career NHL assist on December 7, 1991 at Toronto.
- Recorded his 200th career NHL point on March 8, 1992 at Philadelphia.
- Molson Cup Player of the Month for October and December.
- Sets club record with 42 wins in a single-season.
- Sets club record with 96 points in a single-season.
- Won the Jack Adams Award for Coach of the Year on June 16, 1992.
- Received Coach of the Year honors by the Sporting News on June 16, 1992.
- Scored first multiple goal game on January 7, 1992 vs. San Jose.
- Played in his 100th career NHL and Canuck game on January 7, 1992 vs. San Jose.
- Had 6 multiple point games.
- Scored career high 4 points (1–3–4) vs. Minnesota on December 12, 1991.
- Three game goal streak and 3 game point streak (3–4–7) from December 7–12.
- Played in his 200th career NHL game on December 31, 1991 vs. Los Angeles.
- Played in his 500th career NHL game on February 13, 1992 at New Jersey.
- Recorded his 400th career NHL point on March 14, 1992 at Calgary.
- Played in his 200th career NHL and Canuck game.
- Recorded his 100th career NHL and Canuck point.
- Scored his 1st career hat-trick including the game winner on November 22, 1991 vs. Calgary.
- Played in his 800th career NHL game on March 5, 1992 at Boston.
- Played his 400th career NHL game on November 21, 1991 at Calgary.
- Recorded his 100th career NHL assist on February 28, 1992 vs. Winnipeg.
- Broke Dave "Tiger" Williams 11-year old single-season penalty minutes record with 348 doing it in only 65 games on March 2, 1992 vs. St. Louis.
- Played in his 100th career NHL game on March 14, 1992 at Calgary.
- Ryan Walter won the Bud Light NHL Man of the Year for his work in the community on May 27, 1992.
- Sergio Momesso had a 5 game point streak scoring 2 goals and recorded 3 assists for 5 points.
- Dana Murzyn played his 400th career NHL game on October 19, 1991 vs Calgary.
|June 22, 1991||To Vancouver Canucks
|To Minnesota North Stars
|August 1, 1991||To Vancouver Canucks
|To Washington Capitals
|December 19, 1991||To Vancouver Canucks
|To Toronto Maple Leafs
|March 9, 1992||To Vancouver Canucks
|To San Jose Sharks
8th round pick in 1992 (C.J. Denomme)
Free agents acquired 
|C Ryan Walter||Montreal Canadiens|
|D Randy Gregg||Edmonton Oilers|
Free agents lost 
|LW Steve Bozek||San Jose Sharks|
|D Jack Capuano||Boston Bruins|
Expansion draft 
|Round||#||Player||Nationality||Drafted by||Drafted from|
|1||19||Craig Coxe (C)||United States||San Jose Sharks||Vancouver Canucks|
Draft picks 
|Round||#||Player||Nationality||NHL Team||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|1||7||Alek Stojanov (RW)||Canada||Vancouver Canucks||Hamilton Dukes (OHL)|
|2||29||Jassen Cullimore (D)||Canada||Vancouver Canucks||Peterborough Petes (OHL)|
|3||51||Sean Pronger (C)||Canada||Vancouver Canucks||Bowling Green State University (NCAA)|
|5||95||Dan Kesa (RW)||Canada||Vancouver Canucks||Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)|
|6||117||Evgeny Namestnikov (D)||Soviet Union||Vancouver Canucks||Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo (USSR)|
|7||139||Brent Thurston (LW)||Canada||Vancouver Canucks||Spokane Chiefs (WHL)|
|8||161||Eric Johnson (RW)||United States||Vancouver Canucks||St. Cloud State University (NCAA)|
|9||183||David Neilson (LW)||United States||Vancouver Canucks||Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)|
|10||205||Brad Barton (RW)||Canada||Vancouver Canucks||Kitchener Rangers (OHL)|
|11||227||Jason Fitzsimmons (G)||Canada||Vancouver Canucks||Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)|
|12||249||Xavier Majic (C)||Canada||Vancouver Canucks||Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NCAA)|
Farm teams 
Milwaukee Admirals 
See also