It is because of memories like the above that I find it interesting how much people love the old jersey. I like them too, but they do remind me of an era of futility that perhaps most posters here did not experience.
When I hear people say things like "they all suck" or "they just aren't very good", I keep thinking - If this is bad, what was it when they were never above .500???
Funny you should mention this, my father has lived in the Vancouver area for the whole entire run of the franchise and he told me that when they started wearing the vintage jerseys that he hated the idea. I couldn't understand why. After a few games where he saw the team wearing them, he warmed up to them and he told me that he thought the reason why he hated the idea of them wearing the vintage jerseys again was because he had associated the stick in rink logo with failure. He now says they're the best jerseys we've ever had.
It took the Canucks 12 years to win a playoff round. Try to imagine if the Canucks landed Gilbert Perreault in the 1970 draft instead of Dale Tallon for a second on that lottery. Too bad it didn't happen. The first years of the Canucks would have been far different and almost certainly more successful.