July 13, 2013

1994 Vancouver Canucks: The Elbow

The following is an excerpt from my unreleased book: Remembering The 1994 Vancouver Canucks. Please see below for the full table of contents.

Oh That Elbow!

Looking back at the 1994 Stanley Cup playoff run, fans do not have a lot of memories of the Dallas series. The comeback against Calgary? Lots of memories. The Leafs? Anytime you beat the Leafs is a good memory. And then of course the Rangers. Oh those Rangers.

But there is one particular play in that Dallas series that every Canucks fan remembers. They still talk about it to this day. It was an egregious foul that nowadays would get you banned the rest of the playoffs. Rightly or wrongly (okay, mostly wrongly) we remember this player’s hit as much as many of his spectacular goals.

And we are okay with that.

I’m talking about Pavel Bure, of course. Pavel also had a nasty streak him and would not take anything from bigger players. Just ask Shane Churla. Churla, a noted NHL ruffian and admirable player as well, was giving Pavel a hard time whenever he had the chance. Pavel took only so much before he caught Churla with an infamous blind hit and a vicious elbow.

It was not Bure's prettiest moment, but he gained respect because he let the NHL know he would not take such abuse without retaliation.

June 11th/14th, 1994 - The Highs, The Lows

Bure-ing The Flames
The Russian Rocket
Captain Kirk

Shooting Down The Stars
The Elbow
The Mighty Pat Quinn
Cliff Ronning: The Little Man That Could

Be-Leaf It Or Not!
Forever A Canuck: Trevor Linden
Greg Adams! Greg Adams!

New York: All The World Is A Stage
The Penalty Shot
Nathan Lafayette And That Damn Goal Post
What A Mess!
Doug Lidster: The Lone Ranger
It Was A Riot!

June 15th, 2011: Looking Back At 1994

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