One day after renaming their rink as the, wait for it, Rogers' Arena, the Vancouver Canucks were busy on Wednesday announcing their plans for their 40th anniversary celebrations. Here's a run down:
- On December 11th the team will retire Markus Naslund's #19. There seems to be quite a backlash on Twitter over this initiative. While I don't mind the gesture, I admit that I am luke-warm about it. As I discussed a year ago, North American fans just never quite warmed up to a lot of European players even as late as Naslund's era.
- The Canucks will unveil four (just four?!) members of their new Ring Of Honour this season. Orland Kurtenbach has been announced as the first honouree. One would have to assume Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden and Markus Naslund would the other three (being the three players with retired numbers). I think they need to make sure Richard Brodeur, Kirk McLean, Pavel Bure and Pat Quinn, too. And there's no shortage of local heroes - Harold Snepsts, Gus Adams, Cliff Ronning, Tiger Williams . . .
- The Canucks also unveiled their 40th anniversary jersey. I still would like to see these jerseys become reality.
- As you've already seen above, they've also unveiled their 40th anniversary logo. I prefer this fan created one.
- In an unrelated note, authors Grant Kerr and Greg Douglas are coming out with the new book Canucks at 40: Our Game, Our Stories, Our Passion, published by Wiley. There is no cover image available yet.