Calgary Canucks

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Calgary Canucks
Calgary Canucks Logo.svg
City Calgary, Alberta
League Alberta Junior Hockey League
Division South
Founded 1971 (1971)
Home arena Max Bell Centre
Colours Blue and white

The Calgary Canucks are a junior ice hockey team in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. They play in Calgary, Alberta, Canada at the Max Bell Centre, capacity 3500.

Founded: 1971-1972
Division titles won: 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1989-90, 1998-99
Regular season titles won: 1972-73, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1989-90, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99
League Championships won: 1973, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1999
Doyle Cup Titles: 1988, 1995
Centennial Trophy Titles: 1995

History[edit]

Founded in 1971, the Calgary Canucks are one of the most storied franchises in Canadian Junior A hockey, and are the 2nd oldest franchise still operating in the AJHL, preceded only by the Spruce Grove Saints. The Canucks franchise has the longest tenure of any in the AJHL in one city, as the 2005-06 season represented its 35th in the Stampede City.

The Canucks were born as the brainchild of a group led by Doug Eastcott who were concerned about the demands made on young boys who were forced to leave home to play seasons of up to 80 games in other cities and towns at a time when education often took a back seat to hockey. The Canucks entered the AJHL with the stated goal of giving Calgary area kids a place to play competitive hockey without sacrificing their education. The team considered itself an extension of the Calgary minor hockey system, and even set a personal cap of three "imports" (non Calgary area players) per season.

While the import cap has long since been dropped, the Canucks remain true to their ideal of "Education through Hockey" and being a place for Calgary area kids to play to this day. However, extremely competitive scouting throughout the league, and the addition of two more teams in the Metro Calgary region - the Calgary Royals and Okotoks Oilers - have created an uncertain future on the ice.

The Canucks qualified for the playoffs 34 consecutive seasons, a streak finally broken in 2006-07, and with 11 regular season titles, nine AJHL championships, two Doyle Cup titles, and one Centennial Cup national championship, the Canucks are perhaps the most successful team in league history. The team has seen 42 former Canucks reach the NHL, including current NHL superstar Dany Heatley and two time Stanley Cup winner Mike Vernon. Hundreds more have earned scholarships to American and Canadian universities.

The Calgary Canucks broadcast their home games by webcast. Quinton Amundson is the current host and play-by-play announcer for the team.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T/OTL = Ties/Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T/OTL SOL Points GF GA Finish Playoffs
1971-72 48 28 18 2 - 58 250 195 3rd Overall ---
1972-73 60 44 16 0 - 88 439 222 1st Overall Won championship
1973-74 60 36 24 0 - 72 308 261 2nd Overall ---
1974-75 60 34 25 1 - 69 360 290 3rd Overall ---
1975-76 60 48 11 1 - 97 380 251 1st Overall ---
1976-77 60 44 16 0 - 88 368 232 1st Overall Won championship
1977-78 60 39 21 0 - 78 336 265 1st Overall Won championship
1978-79 60 44 16 0 - 88 362 253 1st Overall ---
1979-80 60 43 17 0 - 86 281 180 2nd Overall ---
1980-81 60 33 25 2 - 68 305 237 2nd South ---
1981-82 60 24 33 3 - 51 267 265 3rd South ---
1982-83 60 35 23 2 - 72 336 256 2nd South Won championship
1983-841 -- -- -- - - -- --- --- --- ---
1984-85 60 30 29 1 - 61 293 285 3rd South ---
1985-86 52 33 19 0 - 66 248 208 1st South Won championship
1986-87 60 39 18 3 - 81 315 217 1st South ---
1987-88 60 51 9 0 - 102 402 196 1st South Won championship
1988-89 60 34 22 4 - 72 285 217 3rd South ---
1989-90 60 47 11 2 - 96 373 238 1st South Won championship
1990-91 56 23 32 1 - 47 229 249 6th Overall ---
1991-92 60 31 28 - 1 63 266 229 5th Overall ---
1992-93 56 31 23 - 2 64 223 214 5th Overall ---
1993-94 56 28 21 - 7 63 242 227 5th Overall ---
1994-95 56 36 20 - 0 72 307 222 2nd Overall Won championship
1995-96 60 42 14 - 4 88 281 213 1st Overall ---
1996-97 60 37 18 - 5 79 257 201 1st Overall ---
1997-98 60 36 19 - 5 77 243 202 4th Overall ---
1998-99 62 50 8 - 4 104 350 159 1st South Won championship
1999-00 64 28 31 - 5 61 239 242 6th South ---
2000-01 64 34 26 4 - 72 269 269 3rd South ---
2001-02 64 29 28 7 - 65 256 286 5th South ---
2002-03 64 31 26 7 - 69 229 225 5th South ---
2003-04 60 34 17 9 - 77 209 177 3rd South ---
2004-05 64 32 25 7 - 71 205 202 3rd South Lost in second round
2005-06 60 20 34 6 - 46 154 205 7th South Lost in second round
2006-07 60 18 36 6 - 42 174 239 8th South Did not qualify
2007-08 62 19 38 5 - 43 162 225 7th South Lost in first round
2008-09 62 31 21 10 - 72 173 167 4th South Lost in first round
2009-10 60 29 27 4 - 62 214 225 4th South Lost in first round
2010-11 60 18 37 5 - 41 178 280 8th South Did not qualify
2011-12 60 19 36 5 - 43 169 213 6th South Lost in second round
2012-13 60 16 39 5 - 37 137 243 8th South Did not qualify
2013-14 60 15 42 3 - 33 156 232 8th South Did not qualify

1Canucks took one year leave of absence in 1983-84 after attempt to relocate to High River failed. Franchise returned in 1984-85 under new ownership.

Playoffs[edit]

  • 1972 Lost Final
Calgary Canucks defeated Edmonton Maple Leafs 4-games-to-3
Red Deer Rustlers defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-1
Calgary Canucks defeated Drumheller Falcons 4-games-to-1 with 1 tie
Calgary Canucks defeated Red Deer Rustlers 4-games-to-3 AJHL CHAMPIONS
Penticton Broncos (BCJHL) defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-1
  • 1974 Lost Semi-final
The Pass Red Devils defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-1
  • 1975 Lost Semi-final
Spruce Grove Mets defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-1
  • 1976 Lost Semi-final
Taber Golden Suns defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-3
Calgary Canucks defeated Pincher Creek Panthers 4-games-to-1
First in semi-final round robin (3-1) vs. Taber Golden Suns and Red Deer Rustlers
Calgary Canucks defeated Taber Golden Suns 4-games-to-1 AJHL CHAMPIONS
Calgary Canucks defeated Richmond Sockeyes (PJHL) 4-games-to-1 ALTA/BC CHAMPIONS
Prince Albert Raiders (SJHL) defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-1
Calgary Canucks defeated Pincher Creek Chinooks 4-games-to-2
Second in semi-final round robin (2-2) vs. Fort Saskatchewan Traders and St. Albert Saints
Calgary Canucks defeated Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-games-to-none AJHL CHAMPIONS
Merritt Centennials (BCJHL) defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-2
  • 1979 Lost Final
Calgary Canucks defeated Red Deer Rustlers 4-games-to-none
First in semi-final round robin (2-2) vs. Fort Saskatchewan Traders and St. Albert Saints
Fort Saskatchewan Traders defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-3
  • 1980 Lost Final
Calgary Canucks defeated Drumheller Falcons 3-games-to-none
Calgary Canucks defeated Calgary Spurs 4-games-to-none
Red Deer Rustlers defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-1
  • 1981 Lost Quarter-final
Taber Golden Suns defeated Calgary Canucks 3-games-to-2
  • 1982 Lost Quarter-final
Red Deer Rustlers defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-none
Calgary Canucks defeated Calgary Spurs 4-games-to-none
Calgary Canucks defeated Red Deer Rustlers 4-games-to-2
Calgary Canucks defeated Fort McMurray Oil Barons 4-games-to-2 AJHL CHAMPIONS
Abbotsford Flyers (BCJHL) defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-none
  • 1984 Did Not Participate
  • 1985 Lost Quarter-final
Calgary Spurs defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-2
Calgary Canucks defeated Olds Grizzlys 4-games-to-none
Calgary Canucks defeated Hobbema Hawks 4-games-to-none
Calgary Canucks defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 4-games-to-3 AJHL CHAMPIONS
Penticton Knights (BCJHL) defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-1
  • 1987 Lost Semi-final
Calgary Canucks defeated Hobbema Hawks 4-games-to-none
Red Deer Rustlers defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-3
Calgary Canucks defeated Calgary Spurs 4-games-to-1
Calgary Canucks defeated Red Deer Rustlers 4-games-to-none
Calgary Canucks defeated St. Albert Saints 4-games-to-1 AJHL CHAMPIONS
Calgary Canucks defeated Vernon Lakers (BCJHL) 4-games-to-none DOYLE CUP CHAMPIONS
Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL) defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-3
  • 1989 Lost Quarter-final
Olds Grizzlys defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-1
Calgary Canucks defeated St. Albert Saints 4-games-to-3
Calgary Canucks defeated Olds Grizzlys 4-games-to-1
Calgary Canucks defeated Sherwood Park Crusaders 4-games-to-2 AJHL CHAMPIONS
New Westminster Royals (BCJHL) defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-none
  • 1991 Lost Quarter-final
Calgary Royals defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-none
  • 1992 Lost Quarter-final
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-3
  • 1993 Lost Quarter-final
St. Albert Saints defeated Calgary Canucks 5-games-to-2
  • 1994 Lost Quarter-final
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-3
Calgary Canucks defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-1
Calgary Canucks defeated Fort McMurray Oil Barons 4-games-to-3
Calgary Canucks defeated Olds Grizzlys 4-games-to-1 AJHL CHAMPIONS
Calgary Canucks defeated Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL) 4-games-to-3 DOYLE CUP CHAMPIONS
First in 1995 Centennial Cup round robin (3-1)
Calgary Canucks defeated Thunder Bay Flyers (USHL) 5-3 in semi-final
Calgary Canucks defeated Gloucester Rangers (CJHL) 5-4 OT in final CENTENNIAL CUP CHAMPIONS
  • 1996 Lost Semi-final
Calgary Canucks defeated Calgary Royals 4-games-to-1
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-1
  • 1997 Lost Final
Calgary Canucks defeated Bonnyville Pontiacs 4-games-to-2
Calgary Canucks defeated Grande Prairie Storm 4-games-to-1
Fort McMurray Oil Barons defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-3
  • 1998 Lost Semi-final
Calgary Canucks defeated Fort McMurray Oil Barons 4-games-to-none
St. Albert Saints defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-3
Calgary Canucks defeated Camrose Kodiaks 4-games-to-none
Calgary Canucks defeated Olds Grizzlys 4-games-to-1
Calgary Canucks defeated St. Albert Saints 4-games-to-none AJHL CHAMPIONS
Vernon Vipers (BCHL) defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-1
  • 2000 Lost Preliminary
Olds Grizzlys defeated Calgary Canucks 3-games-to-1
  • 2001 Lost Preliminary
Calgary Royals defeated Calgary Canucks 3-games-to-1
  • 2002 Lost Preliminary
Calgary Royals defeated Calgary Canucks 3-games-to-2
  • 2003 Lost Preliminary
Camrose Kodiaks defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-none
  • 2004 Lost Quarter-final
Calgary Canucks defeated Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves 3-games-to-1
Olds Grizzlys defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-1
  • 2005 Lost Quarter-final
Calgary Canucks defeated Drumheller Dragons 3-games-to-none
Brooks Bandits defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-3
  • 2006 Lost Quarter-final
Calgary Canucks defeated Olds Grizzlys 3-games-to-1
Camrose Kodiaks defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-none
  • 2007 DNQ
  • 2008 Lost Preliminary
Okotoks Oilers defeated Calgary Canucks 3-games-to-1
  • 2009 Lost Preliminary
Camrose Kodiaks defeated Calgary Canucks 3-games-to-1
  • 2010 Lost Preliminary
Brooks Bandits defeated Calgary Canucks 3-games-to-1
  • 2011 DNQ
  • 2012 Lost Quarter-final
Calgary Canucks defeated Camrose Kodiaks 3-games-to-1
Brooks Bandits defeated Calgary Canucks 4-games-to-none
  • 2013 DNQ
  • 2014 DNQ

NHL alumni[edit]

The following former Canucks have gone on to play in the NHL:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Olds Grizzlys
Centennial Cup Champions
1995
Succeeded by
Vernon Vipers