1970–71 Vancouver Canucks season
|1970–71 Vancouver Canucks|
|General Manager||Bud Poile|
|Goals||Rosaire Paiement (34)|
|Assists||Dale Tallon (42)|
|Points||Andre Boudrias (66)|
|Penalties in minutes||Pat Quinn (149)|
|Wins||Charlie Hodge (15)|
|Goals against average||George Gardner (3.38)|
The 1970–71 Vancouver Canucks season was the Canucks' first in the NHL. They joined the league on May 22, 1970, along with the Buffalo Sabres. After not being awarded an expansion team in 1967 when the league added six teams, Vancouver finally joined the NHL in 1970 for a price of $6 million (compared to $2 million in 1967). The Vancouver Canucks of the Western Hockey League were promoted to the NHL, though the ownership group of the WHL Canucks, not willing to pay the $6 million to join the NHL, sold the team to Medicor, a group controlled by Thomas Scallen.
The Canucks logo was a stylized C designed as a hockey stick inside a rink incorporating the colours of blue, green and white to represent the water, forests and snow surrounding Vancouver. It was designed by a local creative designer, Joe Borovich, and bought for $500.
During the Amateur draft, held on June 11 in Montreal, there was debate over what expansion team would draft first. In order to reach a compromise, a numbered spinning wheel was brought in to determine the draft: the Sabres were odd numbers, the Canucks even. When the wheel landed on 11, the Canucks and NHL President Clarence Campbell thought it was II (two) in Roman numerals. However it turned out to be 11 (eleven) in Arabic numerals, leading the Sabres to select first overall future superstar Gilbert Perreault.
On October 9, 1970, the Canucks played their first game in the NHL, a 3–1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. There was a grand opening ceremony attended by British Columbia Premier W. A. C. Bennett, Mayor of Vancouver Tom Campbell (who was booed by fans), Chief Dan George and former Vancouver Millionaires player Cyclone Taylor, who received a standing ovation upon being introduced. Barry Wilkins scored the first goal for the Canucks in the third period.
Inexplicably, the Canucks were placed in the East Division, which was not only the tougher division but featured opponents over 2,000 miles away from Vancouver. (The Canucks were nearly a .500 team at home, but could only win seven of 39 road games.) Throughout the first three months of the season, though, the expansion club managed to stay within contention of a playoff spot, until captain Orland Kurtenbach injured his knee in late December. The Canucks would finish their inaugural season with six 20-goal scorers, and Tallon would break Bobby Orr's rookie record for defenseman assists, but 11-30-5 mark to end the season placed them only one point out of last place.
- 1 Regular season
- 2 Schedule and results
- 3 Player statistics
- 4 Awards and records
- 5 Transactions
- 6 Draft picks
- 7 References
- 8 See also
|2||New York Rangers||78||49||18||11||259||177||+82||109|
|4||Toronto Maple Leafs||78||37||33||8||248||211||+37||82|
|7||Detroit Red Wings||78||22||45||11||209||308||−99||55|
Schedule and results
|1970–71 Game log|
October: 3–6–2 (home: 3–2–2; road: 0–4–0)
November: 6–7–1 (home: 3–1–0; road: 3–6–1)
December: 5–7–0 (home: 4–2–0; road: 1–5–0)
January: 1–10–2 (home: 0–6–1; road: 1–4–1)
February: 3–7–1 (home: 3–3–1; road: 0–4–0)
March: 5–8–2 (home: 4–3–0; road: 1–5–2)
April: 1–1–0 (home: 0–1–0; road: 1–0–0)
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes
†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Vancouver. Stats reflect time with the Canucks only.
*Denotes player traded by Vancouver midway through the season. Stats reflect time with Canucks only.
Note: GP = Games Played; Min = Minutes; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against Average
Awards and records
Trophies and awards
- Cyclone Taylor Award (Canucks MVP): Orland Kurtenbach
- Cyrus H. McLean Trophy (Canucks Leading Scorer): Andre Boudrias
- Fred J. Hume Award (Canucks Unsung Hero): Barry Wilkins
- Most Exciting Player: Andre Boudrias
Records achieved in the season
Note: Only records that stand as of 2007–08 are listed
Canucks team records
- Fewest ties in one season: (8) – repeated in 1971–72, 1986–87, 1988–89
- Fewest shutouts in one season: (0) – repeated in 1984–85, 2005–06
- Fewest shutouts against in one season: (0) – repeated in 1984–85
- Longest home winless streak: 11 games, December 18, 1970 – February 6, 1971 (0–10–1)
- Most goals in one game: 11, March 28, 1971 (California 5 at Vancouver 11) – repeated in 1986–87, 1991–92
- Most shots against Vancouver goal, one game: 60, February 25, 1971, versus Boston Bruins
- Most shots against Vancouver goal, one period: 28, February 25, 1971, versus Boston Bruins (3rd period)
- Most shots both teams, one period: 43, February 25, 1971, versus Boston Bruins (3rd period)
- Fastest three goals against Vancouver: :20, February 25, 1971, versus Boston Bruins (3rd period: John Bucyk, 4:50; Ed Westfall, 5:02; Ted Green, 5:10)
Canucks individual records
- Most assists in one season, rookie: Dale Tallon (42)
- Most goals, one game: Rosaire Paiement (4) – repeated eleven times
|June 10, 1970||To Vancouver Canucks
|To Pittsburgh Penguins |
|December 3, 1970||To Vancouver Canucks
|To St. Louis Blues |
|May 25, 1971||To Vancouver Canucks
|To Montreal Canadiens |
3rd round pick (Jim Cahoon) in 1971 NHL Amateur Draft
Vancouver's picks at the 1970 NHL Expansion Draft. In order to fill out the rosters of both the Canucks and Buffalo Sabres, they were given the opportunity to select eighteen skaters and two goaltenders from the unprotected lists of existing NHL team's rosters. Teams were allowed to protect several players from being drafted, and as such kept many of their star players, leaving the Canucks and Sabres with lesser quality players to choose from. The draft was held on June 9, 1970, at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Using a spinning wheel to determine the order of the expansion draft, Buffalo had the first choice.
|1.||Gary Doak (D)||Boston Bruins|
|2.||Orland Kurtenbach (C)||New York Rangers|
|3.||Ray Cullen (C)||Minnesota North Stars|
|4.||Pat Quinn (D)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|5.||Rosaire Paiement (C)||Philadelphia Flyers|
|6.||Wayne Maki (LW)||St. Louis Blues|
|7.||Barry Wilkins (D)||Boston Bruins|
|8.||Andre Boudrias (C)||St. Louis Blues|
|9.||Mike Corrigan (LW)||Los Angeles Kings|
|10.||Poul Popiel (D)||Detroit Red Wings|
|11.||Dan Johnson (C)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|12.||Garth Rizzuto (C)||Chicago Black Hawks|
|13.||Ed Hatoum (RW)||Detroit Red Wings|
|14.||Jim Wiste (C)||Chicago Black Hawks|
|15.||Howie Young (D)||Chicago Black Hawks|
|16.||Darryl Sly (D)||Minnesota North Stars|
|17.||Ralph Stewart (C)||St. Louis Blues|
|18.||John Arbour (D)||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|19.||Charlie Hodge G||Oakland Seals|
|20.||Dunc Wilson (G)||Philadelphia Flyers|
|Round||#||Player||Nationality||College/junior/club team (league)|
|1||2||Dale Tallon (D)||Canada||Toronto Marlboros (OHA)|
|2||16||Jim Hargreaves (D)||Canada||Winnipeg Jets (WCHL)|
|3||30||Ed Dyck (G)||Canada||Calgary Centennials (WCHL)|
|4||44||Brent Taylor (RW)||Canada||Estevan Bruins (WCHL)|
|5||58||Bill McFadden||Canada||Swift Current Broncos (WCHL)|
|6||72||Dave Gilmour (LW)||Canada||London Knights (OHA)|
- Player stats: 2006–07 Vancouver Canucks Media Guide – 1970–71 stats, p. 150.
- Game log: 2006–07 Vancouver Canucks Media Guide – 1970–71 stats, p. 150.
- Team standings: 2007–08 NHL Official Guide & Record Book, p. 150.
- Team records: 2006–07 Vancouver Canucks Media Guide – Canucks all time team & individual records, pp. 225–237
- MacKinnon, John (1996). NHL Hockey: The Official Fans' Guide. Vancouver: Raincoast Book Distribution Ltd. p. 128.
- Rud, Jeff (2006). Canucks Legends: Vancouver's Hockey Heroes. Vancouver: Raincoast Books. p. 256.
- Beddall, Justin (2004). Vancouver Canucks: Heart-Stopping Stories from Canada's Most Exciting Hockey Team. Canmore, Alberta: Altitude Publishing Canada Ltd. p. 137.
- Vancouver Canucks (2007). "Canucks History". Canucks.com. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-02.
- "1970–1971 Division Standings Standings - NHL.com - Standings". National Hockey League.
- Vancouver Canucks (2006). 2006–07 Vancouver Canucks Media Guide. Vancouver: Hemlock Printers Ltd. p. 264.
- Slate, Ralph (2007). "1970 NHL Amateur Draft". HockeyDB.com. Retrieved 2007-11-01.