Vancouver Canucks Ring of Honour

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Orland Kurtenbach's plaque on the Canucks' Ring of Honour in Rogers Arena.

The Vancouver Canucks Ring of Honour is a collection of permanent in-arena displays, used as a means to celebrate and acknowledge players who made a lasting impact on the franchise.[1] Along with the permanent display each inductee is given a night of recognition, during the unveiling of their display, that includes a video tribute and an on-ice presentation.[2] Established as part of the Canucks' 40th National Hockey League's (NHL) season celebration in 2010–11, four members were inducted in the first year.[3] Members are selected by an advisory committee that includes former players, broadcasters, and staff members.[4]

The first member inducted to the Ring of Honour was Orland Kurtenbach. Kurtenbach began his professional career with the Western Hockey League version of the Canucks before reaching the NHL ranks. When the Canucks became an NHL expansion team in 1970, they used their second pick in the expansion draft to take Kurtenbach. Recognized for his leadership Kurtenbach was named the Canucks' first captain, a position he held until retiring in 1974.[3]

The initiative has been well received by both players and fans. Honoured players have garnered loud ovations, while third inductee, Thomas Gradin, called it an honour that he was very proud of.[5][6] However, Yahoo! Sports' Greg Wyshynski took issue with the Ring of Honour and the concept itself, since it is different from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto has only retired numbers from players who have died during their career while honouring others in a similar fashion as the Ring of Honour. He stated that being added to the Ring of Honour was "an honourable mention for players not worthy of immortality" and the concept was a way for teams to sell commemorative merchandise on the event nights.[7]


Kirk McLean was the second person inducted into the Ring of Honour
Number[8] Name Position Years With Club Date of Induction Notes Ref
25 Kurtenbach, OrlandOrland Kurtenbach Centre 1970–1974 October 26, 2010 First captain in franchise history. [1]
1 McLean, KirkKirk McLean Goaltender 1987–1998 November 24, 2010 Franchise leader in several goal tending statistics.a [9]
23 Gradin, ThomasThomas Gradin Centre
1978–1986: as a player
1994–present: as a scout
January 24, 2011 Former highest scoring centre in franchise history.b [10]
27 Snepsts, HaroldHarold Snepsts Defenceman 1974–1984
March 14, 2011 Former franchise leader in games played and penalty minutes.c [11]
3 Quinn, PatPat Quinn Defenceman
Head Coach
General Manager
1970–1972: as a player
1987–1997: as management
April 13, 2014 Won the 1992 Jack Adams Award.
Head coach and GM of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finalist team
2 Mattias Öhlund Defenceman 1997–2009 December 16, 2016 Highest scoring defensemen in franchise history [14]


  • ^ a: McLean was the Canucks' all-time leader in games played, wins, and shutouts in the regular season and post season at the time of his retirement.[9] Roberto Luongo has since surpassed McLean in wins and shutouts for regular season play.[15]
  • ^ b: Gradin finished his Canucks career with 550 points, he has since been surpassed by both Trevor Linden and Henrik Sedin.[16]
  • ^ c: Snepsts finished his Canucks career with 781 games played and 1,446 penalty minutes, he has since been surpassed by multiple players in each category.[17][18]

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  1. ^ a b Jory, Derek (2010-10-25). "The first". Vancouver Canucks. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  2. ^ "Ring of Honour". Vancouver Canucks. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  3. ^ a b "Orland Kurtenbach inducted into Canucks Ring of Honour". Vancouver Canucks. 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  4. ^ Walker, Ian (2011-02-16). "Harold Snepsts to join Canucks' Ring of Honour". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  5. ^ McIntyre, Gordon (2011-01-24). "Graceful Swede Gradin joins ring of honour" (PDF). The Province. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  6. ^ Chapman, Paul; Wake, Bev, eds. (2011), A Thrilling Ride: The Vancouver Canucks' Fortieth Anniversary Season, Vancouver, British Columbia: Greystone Books, p. 22, ISBN 978-1-926812-91-5 
  7. ^ Wyshynski, Greg (2010-07-08). "Pass or Fail: 'Ring of Honor' instead of number retirement in NHL". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  8. ^ "All-Time Uniform numbers". Vancouver Canucks. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  9. ^ a b "Kirk McLean inducted into Vancouver Canucks Ring of Honour". Vancouver Canucks. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  10. ^ "Thomas Gradin selected for Canucks Ring of Honour induction". Vancouver Canucks. 2011-01-05. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  11. ^ "Harold Snepsts selected for Vancouver Canucks Ring of Honour induction". Vancouver Canucks. 2011-02-16. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  12. ^ Woodley, Kevin (2014-03-02). "Canucks announce Quinn will go in Ring of Honour". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  13. ^ Vancouver Canucks (2014-03-02). "Pat Quinn to be inducted into Ring of Honour". Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  14. ^ "Ohlund to be inducted into Ring of Honour". Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  15. ^ "Vancouver Canucks - Goalie Career for Team - Wins". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  16. ^ "Vancouver Canucks - Centre Career for Team - Points". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  17. ^ "Vancouver Canucks - Skaters Career for Team - Games Played". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  18. ^ "Vancouver Canucks - Skaters Career for Team - Penalty Minutes". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-02-16.