1995–96 Vancouver Canucks season

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1995–96 Vancouver Canucks
Division 3rd Pacific
Conference 7th Western
1995–96 record 32–35–15
Home record 15–19–7
Road record 17–16–8
Goals for 278
Goals against 278
Team information
General Manager Pat Quinn
Coach Rick Ley
Pat Quinn (interim)
Captain Trevor Linden
Alternate captains Dave Babych
Pavel Bure
Martin Gelinas
Dana Murzyn
Arena General Motors Place
Average attendance 17,795
Team leaders
Goals Alexander Mogilny (55)
Assists Alexander Mogilny (52)
Points Alexander Mogilny (107)
Penalties in minutes Gino Odjick (181)
Wins Corey Hirsch (17)
Goals against average Corey Hirsch (2.93)

The 1995–96 Vancouver Canucks season was the Canucks' 26th NHL season. It marked the year they played their first season in General Motors Place, the year future star Markus Naslund joined the team, and Cliff Ronning's final season with the Canucks.

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division
No. GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Colorado Avalanche 82 47 25 10 326 240 104
2 Calgary Flames 82 34 37 11 241 240 79
3 Vancouver Canucks 82 32 35 15 278 278 79
4 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 35 39 8 234 247 78
5 Edmonton Oilers 82 30 44 8 240 304 68
6 Los Angeles Kings 82 24 40 18 256 302 66
7 San Jose Sharks 82 20 55 7 252 357 47

Note: GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Western Conference[1]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 p – Detroit Red Wings CEN 82 62 13 7 325 181 131
2 Colorado Avalanche PAC 82 47 25 10 326 240 104
3 Chicago Blackhawks CEN 82 40 28 14 273 220 94
4 Toronto Maple Leafs CEN 82 34 36 12 247 252 80
5 St. Louis Blues CEN 82 32 34 16 219 248 80
6 Calgary Flames PAC 82 34 37 11 241 240 79
7 Vancouver Canucks PAC 82 32 35 15 278 278 79
8 Winnipeg Jets CEN 82 36 40 6 275 291 78
9 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim PAC 82 35 39 8 234 247 78
10 Edmonton Oilers PAC 82 30 44 8 240 304 68
11 Dallas Stars CEN 82 26 42 14 227 280 66
12 Los Angeles Kings PAC 82 24 40 18 256 302 66
13 San Jose Sharks PAC 82 20 55 7 252 357 47

Divisions: CEN – Central, PAC – Pacific

bold – Qualified for playoffs; p – Won Presidents' Trophy


Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season schedule
No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 9, 1995 3–5 Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 0–1–0
2 T October 12, 1995 7–7 OT @ Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 0–1–1
3 W October 14, 1995 7–6 @ San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 1–1–1
4 T October 15, 1995 3–3 OT Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 1–1–2
5 W October 18, 1995 5–1 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 2–1–2
6 L October 21, 1995 4–6 @ Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 2–2–2
7 L October 24, 1995 2–5 @ New York Rangers (1995–96) 2–3–2
8 W October 25, 1995 4–2 @ New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 3–3–2
9 L October 28, 1995 1–4 Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 3–4–2
10 W October 30, 1995 4–3 San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 4–4–2
11 T November 1, 1995 3–3 OT Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 4–4–3
12 T November 3, 1995 4–4 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 4–4–4
13 T November 4, 1995 4–4 OT @ Calgary Flames (1995–96) 4–4–5
14 W November 7, 1995 5–2 @ New York Islanders (1995–96) 5–4–5
15 L November 9, 1995 2–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 5–5–5
16 L November 11, 1995 4–8 Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 5–6–5
17 L November 12, 1995 2–4 Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 5–7–5
18 T November 16, 1995 2–2 OT @ Florida Panthers (1995–96) 5–7–6
19 L November 18, 1995 4–5 OT @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 5–8–6
20 L November 19, 1995 2–3 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 5–9–6
21 L November 22, 1995 3–4 @ Dallas Stars (1995–96) 5–10–6
22 W November 23, 1995 3–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 6–10–6
23 L November 25, 1995 2–7 @ San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 6–11–6
24 T November 29, 1995 2–2 OT Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 6–11–7
25 W December 1, 1995 7–2 San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 7–11–7
26 W December 5, 1995 6–2 Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 8–11–7
27 L December 8, 1995 3–6 St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 8–12–7
28 W December 9, 1995 4–3 @ Calgary Flames (1995–96) 9–12–7
29 T December 13, 1995 2–2 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 9–12–8
30 W December 17, 1995 4–1 Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 10–12–8
31 W December 18, 1995 4–2 @ Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 11–12–8
32 T December 20, 1995 2–2 OT @ Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 11–12–9
33 W December 22, 1995 6–2 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 12–12–9
34 L December 23, 1995 0–1 Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 12–13–9
35 L December 26, 1995 2–4 Calgary Flames (1995–96) 12–14–9
36 L December 28, 1995 2–3 New York Rangers (1995–96) 12–15–9
37 T December 31, 1995 5–5 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 12–15–10
38 W January 3, 1996 7–2 Florida Panthers (1995–96) 13–15–10
39 W January 6, 1996 9–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 14–15–10
40 L January 8, 1996 5–8 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 14–16–10
41 T January 10, 1996 2–2 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 14–16–11
42 W January 13, 1996 5–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 15–16–11
43 W January 15, 1996 6–0 @ Boston Bruins (1995–96) 16–16–11
44 L January 16, 1996 0–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 16–17–11
45 L January 22, 1996 4–6 Dallas Stars (1995–96) 16–18–11
46 L January 24, 1996 1–2 OT Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 16–19–11
47 T January 25, 1996 2–2 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 16–19–12
48 W January 27, 1996 6–3 New York Islanders (1995–96) 17–19–12
49 L January 30, 1996 2–3 OT New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 17–20–12
50 T February 1, 1996 2–2 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 17–20–13
51 W February 2, 1996 5–4 @ Dallas Stars (1995–96) 18–20–13
52 W February 4, 1996 4–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 19–20–13
53 L February 7, 1996 3–5 Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 19–21–13
54 W February 9, 1996 3–2 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 20–21–13
55 T February 10, 1996 4–4 OT Washington Capitals (1995–96) 20–21–14
56 W February 13, 1996 5–4 Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 21–21–14
57 W February 15, 1996 5–3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 22–21–14
58 L February 17, 1996 1–4 Boston Bruins (1995–96) 22–22–14
59 L February 19, 1996 3–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 22–23–14
60 W February 21, 1996 5–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 23–23–14
61 W February 23, 1996 3–1 San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 24–23–14
62 L February 27, 1996 4–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 24–24–14
63 T February 29, 1996 2–2 OT St. Louis Blues (1995–96) 24–24–15
64 W March 2, 1996 3–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 25–24–15
65 W March 3, 1996 3–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 26–24–15
66 W March 6, 1996 5–2 Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 27–24–15
67 L March 9, 1996 5–7 Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 27–25–15
68 L March 12, 1996 0–9 @ Washington Capitals (1995–96) 27–26–15
69 L March 14, 1996 1–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 27–27–15
70 L March 15, 1996 0–2 @ Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 27–28–15
71 L March 17, 1996 2–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 27–29–15
72 L March 19, 1996 3–4 Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 27–30–15
73 W March 22, 1996 5–2 Dallas Stars (1995–96) 28–30–15
74 L March 23, 1996 0–4 Calgary Flames (1995–96) 28–31–15
75 W March 25, 1996 4–1 Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 29–31–15
76 L March 27, 1996 2–6 Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 29–32–15
77 W March 29, 1996 4–2 Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 30–32–15
78 L April 1, 1996 2–6 Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 30–33–15
79 L April 3, 1996 3–4 @ Calgary Flames (1995–96) 30–34–15
80 W April 6, 1996 4–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 31–34–15
81 L April 8, 1996 0–2 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 31–35–15
82 W April 13, 1996 5–0 Calgary Flames (1995–96) 32–35–15

[2]

Playoffs[edit]

Western Conference Quarter-finals: vs. (2) Colorado Avalanche[edit]

Colorado wins series 4–2

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 April 16 Vancouver 2 – 5 Colorado McLean 16,061 0 – 1
2 April 18 Vancouver 5 – 4 Colorado Hirsch 16,061 1 – 1
3 April 20 Colorado 4 – 0 Vancouver Hirsch 18,422 1 – 2
4 April 22 Colorado 3 – 4 Vancouver Hirsch 18,422 2 – 2
5 April 25 Vancouver 4 – 5 Colorado OT Hirsch 16,061 2 – 3
6 April 27 Colorado 3 – 2 Vancouver Hirsch 18,422 2 – 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
Alexander Mogilny 79 55 52 107 14 16
Trevor Linden 82 33 47 80 6 42
Cliff Ronning 79 22 45 67 16 42
Russ Courtnall 81 26 39 65 25 40
Martin Gelinas 81 30 26 56 8 59

Goaltending[edit]

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

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO Sv% GAA
Corey Hirsch 41 2338 17 14 6 114 1 .903 2.93
Kirk McLean 45 2645 15 21 9 156 2 .879 3.54

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
Alexander Mogilny 6 1 8 9 -1 8
Trevor Linden 6 4 4 8 -1 6
Esa Tikkanen 6 3 2 5 -3 2
Gino Odjick 6 3 1 4 2 6
Russ Courtnall 6 1 3 4 -4 2

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
Corey Hirsch 6 338 2 3 21 0 .873 3.73
Kirk McLean 1 21 0 1 3 0 .750 8.57

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

July 8, 1995 To Vancouver Canucks
Alexander Mogilny
5th round pick in 1995 (Todd Norman)
To Buffalo Sabres
Michael Peca
Mike Wilson
1st round pick in 1995 (Jay McKee)
July 8, 1995 To Vancouver Canucks
Mike Ridley
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Sergio Momesso
November 23, 1995 To Vancouver Canucks
Esa Tikkanen
To New Jersey Devils
2nd round pick in 1996 (Wesley Mason)
December 19, 1995 To Vancouver Canucks
Jim Dowd
František Kučera
2nd round pick in 1997 (Ryan Bonni)
To Hartford Whalers
Jeff Brown
3rd round pick in 1998 (Paul Manning)
March 15, 1996 To Vancouver Canucks
Mike Sillinger
To Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Roman Oksiuta
March 20, 1996 To Vancouver Canucks
Jesse Belanger
To Florida Panthers
3rd round pick in 1996 (Oleg Kvasha)
Future considerations
March 20, 1996 To Vancouver Canucks
Joe Kocur
To New York Rangers
Kay Whitmore
March 20, 1996 To Vancouver Canucks
Markus Naslund
To Pittsburgh Penguins
Alek Stojanov

Free agents acquired[edit]

Free agents lost[edit]

Received from waivers[edit]

Placed on waivers[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Vancouver's picks at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft in Edmonton, Alberta.

Round # Player Nationality NHL Team College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 40 Chris McAllister (D)  Canada Vancouver Canucks Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
3 61 Larry Courville (LW)  Canada Vancouver Canucks
(from Chicago via Hartford)
Oshawa Generals (OHL)
3 66 Peter Schaefer (LW)  Canada Vancouver Canucks Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
4 92 Lloyd Shaw (D)  Canada Vancouver Canucks Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
5 120 Todd Norman (LW)  Canada Vancouver Canucks
(from Buffalo)
Guelph Storm (OHL)
6 144 Brent Sopel (D)  Canada Vancouver Canucks Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
7 170 Stewart Bodtker (C)  Canada Vancouver Canucks Colorado College (WCHA)
8 196 Tyler Willis (RW)  Canada Vancouver Canucks Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
9 222 Jason Cugnet (G)  Canada Vancouver Canucks Kelowna Spartans (BCJHL)

Farm teams[edit]

References[edit]