Photos: Canucks players and the history behind their numbers

 

Favoured numbers, iconic numbers, double-digits numbers. Every player has a number, some of them requested, some of them assigned. Here's a gallery of the current Canucks and what they're wearing.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">Click through the gallery to find out the stories behind the numbers worn by current Canucks players.</div>
 

Click through the gallery to find out the stories behind the numbers worn by current Canucks players.

Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann, PNG

 
<div id="page1">Click through the gallery to find out the stories behind the numbers worn by current Canucks players.</div>
2<br> Wearing it now: Dan Hamhuis<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Mattias Ohlund<br>
Factoid: First worn by Gary Doak, who won a Stanley Cup with Bobby Orr and the Boston Bruins the season before.
3<br> Wearing it now: Kevin Bieksa<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Pat Quinn<br>
Factoid: Worn in the 1982 Stanley Cup run by Lars Lindgren. Worn in the 1994 run by Bret Hedican.
5<br> Wearing it now: Luca Sbisa<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Dana Murzyn<br>
Factoid: Some of best names in Canuck-lore have also worn it, from Sheldon Kannegieser to Zenith Komarniski, Larry Goodenough and Garth (The Strangler) Butcher.
6<br> Wearing it now: Yannick Weber<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Sami Salo<br>
Factoid: Of the 10 players to wear it before Weber, four of them had a first name beginning with the letter 'A' &#8212; Adrian Aucoin, Adrien Plavsic, Andy Schliebener and Alexei Tezikov, the latter's Canuck career lasting all of two games.
7 <br>Wearing it now: Linden Vey<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Cliff Ronning<br>
Factoid: At 6'0", Vey is taller than the seven previous centres to wear No. 7 &#8212; Andre Boudrias, Pit Martin, Gary Lupul, Gerry Minor, Dan Quinn, Barry Pederson and Ronning.
8 <br>Wearing it now: Chris Tanev<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Greg Adams<br>
Factoid: "Greg Adams! Greg Adams! Adams gets the winner and the Vancouver Canucks are going to the Stanley Cup Final!" &#8212; One of Jim Robson's most famous calls, May 24, 1994.
9 <br>Wearing it now: Zack Kassian<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Tony Tanti<br>
Factoid: Best nickname in team history, Eddie (Sock) Hatoum, wore it for 26 games during the expansion 1970-71 season.
13<br> Wearing it now: Nick Bonino<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Mats Sundin
Factoid: Artem Chubarov was the second Russian to wear it. Sergei Nemchinov was the first.
14 <br>Wearing it now: Alex Burrows<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Geoff Courtnall<br>
Factoid: First-round picks Jere Gillis (1977) and Josh Holden (1996) both wore it, and neither lived up to their first-round status.
15<br> Wearing it now: Brad Richardson<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Rosaire Paiement<br>
Factoid: Cracklin' Rosie was the first 30-goal scorer in franchise history.
17<br> Wearing it now: Radim Vrbata<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Ryan Kesler<br>
Factoid: Before there was Radim, there was Vadim (Sharifijanov), who lasted 17 games as a Canuck and scored twice.
18 <br>Wearing it now: Ryan Stanton<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Igor Larionov, Darcy Rota (tie)<br>
Factoid: Chris Tanev wore it before switching to No. 8.
20<br> Wearing it now: Chris Higgins<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Steve Tambellini<br>
Factoid: Worn by a goalie (George Gardner) in the early expansion years and never worn by a goalie since.
22<br> Wearing it now: Daniel Sedin<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Dave (Tiger) Williams<br>
Factoid: Daniel was No. 12 on the Swedish national team for many years before switching to 22 to match his NHL number.
23 <br>Wearing it now: Alex Edler<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Thomas Gradin<br>
Factoid: Edler wears it in honour of Gradin, the Canuck scout who discovered him playing in a tier-three league in their native Sweden.
26<br> Wearing it now: Frank Corrado<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Petri Skriko<br>
Factoid: Steve Stone, a hockey player, not the baseball pitcher, wore it for two games in 1973-74.
27<br> Wearing it now: Shawn Matthias<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Harold Snepsts<br>
Factoid: Todd Bertuzzi's first number as a Canuck before he went to his more familiar No. 44.
29 <br>Wearing it now: Tom Sestito<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Gino Odjick<br>
Factoid: Two Europeans have worn it: Czech Jiri Bubla and Latvian Herbert Vasiljevs. The other 14 were North Americans.
30<br> Wearing it now: Ryan Miller<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Cesare Maniago<br>
Factoid: Miller is the 18th player to wear No. 30. All 18 were goaltenders.
31 <br>Wearing it now: Eddie Lack<br>
Most famous to wear it before: John Garrett<br>
Factoid: Although traditionally a goaltender's number, two forwards &#8212; Shawn Antoski, Lubomir Vaic &#8212; have worn it as well, but none since 1998.
33 <br>Wearing it now: Henrik Sedin<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Marc Crawford<br>
Factoid: Like Daniel, Henrik had a different number in Sweden (20) before he also switched to his NHL number internationally.
36 <br>Wearing it now: Jannik Hansen<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Jim Agnew<br>
Factoid: Hansen is only the seventh player, and first bonafide regular, to sport the number.
51 <br>Wearing it now: Derek Dorsett<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Nobody<br>
Factoid: Dorsett is the first player in franchise history to wear the number after transposing the digits on his favourite No. 15.
53 <br>Wearing it now: Bo Horvat<br>
Most famous to wear it before: Nobody<br>
Factoid: Wears it in honour of Ian Jenkins, a fellow draft pick of the OHL's London Knights, who died at age 15 after falling out of a pickup truck. Jenkins, a goalie, wore 35.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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