Counting down the 101 Greatest Canucks

 

 
 
 
 
We asked a panel of 14 experts to vote for the 101 Greatest Canucks.
 

We asked a panel of 14 experts to vote for the 101 Greatest Canucks.

Photograph by: Ben Ngai, The Province

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When you think of the greatest players in Canucks history, a few names pop to mind. There’s Pavel Bure, of course. The Sedins. Trevor Linden. Markus Naslund. Stan Smyl. Roberto Luongo. Uh, some other guys from that ‘94 team, for sure. Kirk McLean! Right, and there has to be someone from 1982, other than Smyl. Uh, Thomas Gradin!

From there, it starts to get fuzzy. This is not the Montreal Canadiens organization we’re talking about. This is the Vancouver Canucks, who’ve won somewhere around zero Stanley Cups in their 45-odd years on the planet.

So if you asked experts, or fans, to name the 100 greatest Habs of all time, it could be done without an are-you-nuts look. But what if we asked people to do that for the Canucks?

That was at least part of the genesis of The 101 Greatest Canucks. So we asked 14 voters to offer their lists of 101 Canucks, and came up with the final rundown. Those voters — ranging from Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Robson to a pair of lifelong Canucks fans — had a tough job. They came up with obvious names. They came up with less-obvious names. They came up with questionable, perhaps even giggle-worthy names. But they took the gig seriously, and now, Province Sports has what we think is a definitive list of the 100 greatest Canucks.

Over the next four Sundays, in the pages of Province Sports and at both provincesports.com and theprovince.com/101canucks, we’ll reveal 25 players at a time, culminating with the final 25 on Oct. 5. The next day — Oct. 6, just two days before the Canucks’ season-opener in Calgary — we’ll serve up a special package on the 101st Canuck.

Enjoy the 101 Greatest Canucks, and be sure to visit the project online, where you get so much more on every player. And let us know what you think, on Twitter @provincesports and by email at jmcdonald@theprovince.com.

One last thing: For those of you crossing your fingers that Artem Chubarov made the cut, sadly, he didn’t. He finished in 169th place — tied with Trail’s Garth Rizzuto, whose 37 games played with the Canucks in 1970-71 were notable only because he was the first B.C.-born-and-trained player on the Canucks.

 
 
 
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We asked a panel of 14 experts to vote for the 101 Greatest Canucks.
 

We asked a panel of 14 experts to vote for the 101 Greatest Canucks.

Photograph by: Ben Ngai, The Province

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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