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Canucks Back In Black


The Vancouver Canucks are bringing back their black jerseys from the 1990s for one night.

When the Canucks host the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 13th they will wear their throwback jerseys, officially commemorating 1995. That was the first year the Canucks played in Rogers Arena (then known as GM Place) and is part of their 20th year anniversary celebrations at the current rink.

But any Canucks fan who sees these sweaters will instantly think of the 1994 team that came a goal post away from winning the Stanley Cup. Sure, that Canucks team played in the Pacific Coliseum still while the new downtown rink was being built. But that team is forever in the hearts of Canucks fans. To the rest of the league these jerseys may be ugly. For us Canucks fans these jerseys are true classics.

Would it not be awesome if the Canucks came out for the pre-game skate wearing the names and numbers of that 1994 team?

Henrik, the captain, could come out wearing Trevor Linden's #16. Daniel in Pavel Bure's #10. Ryan Miller in Kirk McLean's #1. And it is never in bad taste to salute the late Pat Quinn another time.

I mean, it is very likely that all night long when I see Linden Vey's #7 that I will be thinking of Cliff Ronning anyway. Alex Burrows will remind me of Geoff Courtnall. And why are Martin Gelinas and Greg Adams playing defense? Oh, sorry. That's Alex Edler and Chris Tanev.

The Canucks have a chance to do something special here. Let's hope they surprise us.

Comments

Anonymous said…
I don't think those are ugly. I think they're the best uniforms they've had. I'm a Kings fan and hated the Canucks back then (still do) but those uniforms are great.
Sébastian Hell said…
Agreed with the best uniforms" comment. I despise their current blue-and-green colour scheme, too, and think it's the worst they've ever had. Give me the first Orca jerseys ahead of that any day, even the ones with that useless stream of red at the bottom. Heck, even the black 'Flying V'.

But the Canuck skate logo and uniforms will always be how I prefer this team.

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