1993–94 Vancouver Canucks season

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1993–94 Vancouver Canucks
Western Conference Champions
Division 2nd Pacific
Conference 7th Western
1993–94 record 41–40–3
Home record 20–19–3
Road record 21–21–0
Goals for 279
Goals against 276
Team information
General Manager Pat Quinn
Coach Pat Quinn
Captain Trevor Linden
Alternate captains Greg Adams
Sergio Momesso
Dana Murzyn
Arena Pacific Coliseum
Average attendance 15,226
Team leaders
Goals Pavel Bure (60)
Assists Jeff Brown (52)
Points Pavel Bure (107)
Penalties in minutes Gino Odjick (271)
Wins Kirk McLean (23)
Goals against average Kirk McLean (2.99)
<1992–93 1994–95>

The 1993–94 Vancouver Canucks season was the Canucks' 24th NHL season. Vancouver finished the season second in their division and qualified for the playoffs as the number seven seed. In the post season the Canucks pulled several upsets and reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in franchise history. In the finals they fell behind the New York Rangers three games to one before making a comeback to force a game 7. Vancouver fell short in its bid to capture the franchise's first Stanley Cup losing game 7 by a final of 3–2.

During the regular season Pavel Bure tied his own club record for goals in a season, originally set in the 1992–93 season. Bure's 60 goals led the NHL and as a result he was named a First Team NHL All-Star. Kirk McLean won a team leading 23 games during the regular season, only 8 more than the 15 he recorded in the post-season games. Jeff Brown officially led the team in assists, but did not join the team til after the trade deadline when he was acquired from St. Louis.

In the playoffs both Bure and Captain Trevor Linden were very productive. Bure led all forwards in playoff scoring finishing second overall to Brian Leetch. However, Bure led the league in playoff goals with Linden tied for second. McLean led the playoffs in minutes played, shots against, and saves while he and the Rangers Mike Richter tied for the lead in post-season shutouts. McLean finished 4th in goals against average and save percentage.

Regular season[edit]

Pacific Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 3 Calgary Flames 84 42 29 13 302 256 97
2 7 Vancouver Canucks 84 41 40 3 279 276 85
3 8 San Jose Sharks 84 33 35 16 252 265 82
4 9 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 84 33 46 5 229 251 71
5 10 Los Angeles Kings 84 27 45 12 294 322 66
6 11 Edmonton Oilers 84 25 45 14 261 305 64

[1] Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Western Conference[2]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Detroit Red Wings CEN 84 46 30 8 356 275 100
2 Toronto Maple Leafs CEN 84 43 29 12 280 243 98
3 Calgary Flames PAC 84 42 29 13 302 256 97
4 Dallas Stars CEN 84 42 29 13 286 265 97
5 St. Louis Blues CEN 84 40 33 11 270 283 91
6 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 84 39 36 9 254 240 87
7 Vancouver Canucks PAC 84 41 40 3 279 276 85
8 San Jose Sharks PAC 84 33 35 16 252 265 82
9 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 84 33 46 5 229 251 71
10 Los Angeles Kings PAC 84 27 45 12 294 322 66
11 Edmonton Oilers PAC 84 25 45 14 261 305 64
12 Winnipeg Jets CEN 84 24 51 9 245 344 57

Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season

Playoffs[edit]

Western Conference Quarter-finals: vs. (2) Calgary Flames[edit]

Vancouver wins series 4–3

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 April 18 Vancouver 5 – 0 Calgary McLean 17,764 1 – 0
2 April 20 Vancouver 5 – 7 Calgary McLean 18,318 1 – 1
3 April 22 Calgary 4 – 2 Vancouver McLean 16,150 1 – 2
4 April 24 Calgary 3 – 2 Vancouver McLean 16,150 1 – 3
5 April 26 Vancouver 2 – 1 Calgary OT McLean 19,059 2 – 3
6 April 28 Calgary 2 – 3 Vancouver OT McLean 16,150 3 – 3
7 April 30 Vancouver 4 – 3 Calgary 2OT McLean 20,230 4 – 3

Western Conference Semi-finals: vs. (4) Dallas Stars[edit]

Vancouver wins series 4–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 May 2 Vancouver 6 – 4 Dallas McLean 16,914 1 – 0
2 May 4 Vancouver 3 – 0 Dallas McLean 16,914 2 – 0
3 May 6 Dallas 4 – 3 Vancouver McLean 16,150 2 – 1
4 May 8 Dallas 1 – 2 Vancouver OT McLean 16,150 3 – 1
5 May 10 Dallas 2 – 4 Vancouver McLean 16,150 4 – 1

Western Conference Final: vs. (3) Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

Vancouver wins series 4–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 May 16 Vancouver 2 – 3 Toronto OT McLean 15,728 0 – 1
2 May 18 Vancouver 4 – 3 Toronto McLean 15,728 1 – 1
3 May 20 Toronto 0 – 4 Vancouver McLean 16,150 2 – 1
4 May 22 Toronto 0 – 2 Vancouver McLean 16,150 3 – 1
5 May 24 Toronto 3 – 4 Vancouver 2OT McLean 16,150 4 – 1

Stanley Cup Final: vs. (E1) New York Rangers[edit]

New York wins series 4–3

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 May 31 Vancouver 3 – 2 New York OT McLean 18,200 1 – 0
2 June 2 Vancouver 1 – 3 New York McLean 18,200 1 – 1
3 June 4 New York 5 – 1 Vancouver McLean 16,150 1 – 2
4 June 7 New York 4 – 2 Vancouver McLean 16,150 1 – 3
5 June 9 Vancouver 6 – 3 New York McLean 18,200 2 – 3
6 June 11 New York 1 – 4 Vancouver McLean 16,150 3 – 3
7 June 14 Vancouver 2 – 3 New York McLean 18,200 3 – 4

Player statistics[edit]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Pavel Bure 76 60 47 107 1 86
Geoff Courtnall 82 26 44 70 15 123
Cliff Ronning 76 25 43 68 7 42
Jeff Brown 74 14 52 66 -11 56
Trevor Linden 84 32 29 61 6 73

Goaltending[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; Sv% = Save Percentage; GAA = Goals Against Average

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO Sv% GAA
Kirk McLean 52 3128 23 26 3 156 3 .891 2.99
Kay Whitmore 32 1921 18 14 0 113 0 .867 3.53

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring Leaders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Pavel Bure 24 16 15 31 40
Trevor Linden 24 12 13 25 18
Geoff Courtnall 24 9 10 19 51
Jeff Brown 24 6 9 15 37
Cliff Ronning 24 5 10 15 16

Goaltending[edit]

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

Player GP TOI W L GA SO Sv% GAA
Kirk McLean 24 1544 15 9 59 4 .928 2.29

Awards and records[edit]

  • Clarence S. Campbell Bowl
  • Pavel Bure, NHL Leader, Goals (60)
  • Pavel Bure, Club Record, Goals in a Season (60)
  • Pavel Bure, Molson Cup (Most game star selections for Vancouver Canucks)
  • Pavel Bure, Cyclone Taylor Award (MVP of the Canucks)

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

June 23, 1993 To Vancouver Canucks
John Vanbiesbrouck
To New York Rangers
Doug Lidster
January 8, 1994 To Vancouver Canucks
Jimmy Carson
To Los Angeles Kings
Dixon Ward
Conditional draft pick in 1995.
March 14, 1994 To Vancouver Canucks
Craig Janney
2nd round draft pick in 1994 (Dave Scatchard)
To St. Louis Blues
compensation for the signing of free-agent Petr Nedved
March 21, 1994 To Vancouver Canucks
Jeff Brown
Bret Hedican
Nathan LaFayette
To St. Louis Blues
Craig Janney
March 21, 1994 To Vancouver Canucks
4th round pick in 1994 (Mike Dubinsky)
To Chicago Blackhawks
Robert Dirk

Free Agents Acquired[edit]

Free Agents Lost[edit]

Received from Waivers[edit]

Placed on Waivers[edit]

Expansion draft[edit]

Vancouver's losses at the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft in Quebec City, Quebec.

Round # Player Nationality Drafted by Drafted from
1 1 John Vanbiesbrouck (G)  United States Florida Panthers Vancouver Canucks
1 37 Anatoli Semenov (C)  Russia Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Vancouver Canucks

Draft picks[edit]

Vancouver's picks at the 1993 NHL Entry Draft in Quebec City, Quebec.

Round # Player Nationality NHL Team College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 20 Mike Wilson (D)  Canada Vancouver Canucks Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
2 46 Rick Girard (C)  Canada Vancouver Canucks Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
4 98 Dieter Kochan (G)  Canada Vancouver Canucks Vernon Lakers (BCJHL)
5 124 Scott Walker (D)  Canada Vancouver Canucks Owen Sound Platers (OHL)
6 150 Troy Creurer (D)  Canada Vancouver Canucks Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL)
7 176 Yevgeny Babariko (C)  Russia Vancouver Canucks Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod (Vysshaya Liga)
8 202 Sean Tallaire (RW)  United States Vancouver Canucks Lake Superior State University (NCAA)
10 254 Bert Robertsson (D)  Sweden Vancouver Canucks Södertälje SK (Allsvenskan)
11 280 Sergei Tkachenko (G)  Ukraine Vancouver Canucks Hamilton Canucks (AHL)

Farm teams[edit]

Hamilton Canucks[edit]

AHL affiliate based in Hamilton, Ontario and whose home arena was Copps Coliseum. This was the team's second and final season as an affiliate of the Canucks. In the 1993–94 AHL season, Hamilton finished in 2nd place in the South Division, but was eliminated in the first round of the AHL playoffs by the Cornwall Aces in four straight games. After the season, the franchise was relocated as the Syracuse Crunch, which kept its affiliation with Vancouver.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy et al, ed. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  2. ^ "1993-1994 Conference Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". NHL. 

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