1979–80 Vancouver Canucks season

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1979–80 Vancouver Canucks
Division 3rd Smythe
Conference 7th Campbell
1979–80 record 27–37–16
Home record 14–17–9
Road record 13–20–7
Goals for 256
Goals against 281
Team information
General Manager Jake Milford
Coach Harry Neale
Captain Kevin McCarthy
Alternate captains Thomas Gradin
Dennis Kearns
Harold Snepsts
Tiger Williams
Stan Smyl
Arena Pacific Coliseum
Average attendance 14,293
Team leaders
Goals Stan Smyl (31)
Assists Stan Smyl (47)
Points Stan Smyl (78)
Penalties in minutes Stan Smyl (204)
Wins Glen Hanlon (17)
Goals against average Glen Hanlon (3.47)

The 1979–80 Vancouver Canucks season was the team's 10th in the NHL. Stan Smyl led the team in goals, assists, points, and penalty minutes, the last time one player has led his team in all four categories. On October 14, 1979, Wayne Gretzky scored his first NHL goal against Glen Hanlon.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Chicago Black Hawks 80 34 27 19 241 250 87
St. Louis Blues 80 34 34 12 266 278 80
Vancouver Canucks 80 27 37 16 256 281 70
Edmonton Oilers 80 28 39 13 301 322 69
Winnipeg Jets 80 20 49 11 214 314 51
Colorado Rockies 80 19 48 13 234 308 51

[1]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 9, 1979 2–5 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 0–1–0
2 W October 12, 1979 3–1 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 1–1–0
3 T October 14, 1979 4–4 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 1–1–1
4 W October 17, 1979 5–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 2–1–1
5 L October 18, 1979 3–6 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 2–2–1
6 L October 20, 1979 0–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 2–3–1
7 T October 21, 1979 3–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 2–3–2
8 W October 24, 1979 5–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 3–3–2
9 W October 27, 1979 5–3 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 4–3–2
10 T October 31, 1979 2–2 New York Islanders (1979–80) 4–3–3
11 T November 2, 1979 3–3 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 4–3–4
12 L November 4, 1979 2–4 New York Rangers (1979–80) 4–4–4
13 T November 6, 1979 7–7 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 4–4–5
14 W November 10, 1979 2–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 5–4–5
15 L November 11, 1979 4–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 5–5–5
16 W November 13, 1979 5–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 6–5–5
17 W November 14, 1979 5–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 7–5–5
18 W November 16, 1979 5–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 8–5–5
19 W November 18, 1979 5–2 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 9–5–5
20 L November 20, 1979 1–5 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 9–6–5
21 L November 23, 1979 2–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 9–7–5
22 L November 24, 1979 3–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 9–8–5
23 W November 28, 1979 4–2 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 10–8–5
24 T November 30, 1979 1–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 10–8–6
25 L December 2, 1979 1–3 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 10–9–6
26 W December 4, 1979 5–1 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 11–9–6
27 T December 5, 1979 3–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 11–9–7
28 L December 8, 1979 1–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 11–10–7
29 L December 9, 1979 3–5 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 11–11–7
30 W December 11, 1979 5–3 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 12–11–7
31 W December 14, 1979 5–3 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 13–11–7
32 L December 15, 1979 3–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 13–12–7
33 L December 19, 1979 3–5 @ New York Rangers (1979–80) 13–13–7
34 L December 21, 1979 1–2 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 13–14–7
35 L December 22, 1979 2–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 13–15–7
36 L December 28, 1979 3–5 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 13–16–7
37 W December 29, 1979 6–2 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 14–16–7
38 L January 3, 1980 2–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 14–17–7
39 W January 4, 1980 4–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 15–17–7
40 L January 6, 1980 1–3 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 15–18–7
41 L January 8, 1980 0–3 @ New York Islanders (1979–80) 15–19–7
42 L January 9, 1980 2–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 15–20–7
43 L January 11, 1980 4–7 @ Washington Capitals (1979–80) 15–21–7
44 L January 12, 1980 4–6 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 15–22–7
45 L January 16, 1980 3–5 Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 15–23–7
46 T January 18, 1980 2–2 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 15–23–8
47 L January 22, 1980 3–5 Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 15–24–8
48 L January 23, 1980 4–6 New York Rangers (1979–80) 15–25–8
49 L January 27, 1980 2–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (1979–80) 15–26–8
50 L January 29, 1980 3–4 Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 15–27–8
51 W February 2, 1980 5–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 16–27–8
52 L February 3, 1980 0–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 16–28–8
53 W February 7, 1980 4–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 17–28–8
54 W February 9, 1980 4–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1979–80) 18–28–8
55 T February 12, 1980 5–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 18–28–9
56 L February 16, 1980 3–5 Washington Capitals (1979–80) 18–29–9
57 W February 17, 1980 4–2 New York Islanders (1979–80) 19–29–9
58 L February 19, 1980 1–3 St. Louis Blues (1979–80) 19–30–9
59 L February 22, 1980 3–7 Philadelphia Flyers (1979–80) 19–31–9
60 T February 23, 1980 4–4 Boston Bruins (1979–80) 19–31–10
61 L February 26, 1980 4–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 19–32–10
62 T February 29, 1980 3–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 19–32–11
63 W March 1, 1980 5–2 @ Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 20–32–11
64 W March 4, 1980 2–1 Winnipeg Jets (1979–80) 21–32–11
65 T March 5, 1980 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1979–80) 21–32–12
66 L March 7, 1980 3–9 Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 21–33–12
67 T March 9, 1980 4–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1979–80) 21–33–13
68 W March 10, 1980 5–2 @ Atlanta Flames (1979–80) 22–33–13
69 L March 13, 1980 1–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 22–34–13
70 T March 15, 1980 2–2 @ Boston Bruins (1979–80) 22–34–14
71 W March 16, 1980 3–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 23–34–14
72 T March 19, 1980 3–3 Buffalo Sabres (1979–80) 23–34–15
73 L March 21, 1980 2–5 Detroit Red Wings (1979–80) 23–35–15
74 L March 23, 1980 2–6 Quebec Nordiques (1979–80) 23–36–15
75 L March 25, 1980 2–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1979–80) 23–37–15
76 T March 28, 1980 4–4 Hartford Whalers (1979–80) 23–37–16
77 W March 30, 1980 5–3 Minnesota North Stars (1979–80) 24–37–16
78 W April 1, 1980 5–0 Edmonton Oilers (1979–80) 25–37–16
79 W April 3, 1980 4–2 Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 26–37–16
80 W April 5, 1980 5–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1979–80) 27–37–16

Playoffs[edit]

1980 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Draft picks[edit]

Vancouver's picks at the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. The draft was held on August, 1979 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 5 Rick Vaive (RW)  Canada Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
2 26 Brent Ashton (C)  Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
3 47 Ken Ellacott (G)  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHA)
4 68 Art Rutland (F)  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHA)
5 89 Dirk Graham (RW)  Canada Regina Pats (WHL)
6 110 Shane Swan  Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHA)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 152. ISBN 9781894801225.