The Vancouver Canucks history in the NHL has been described by many as mediocre and nothing to brag about. In its history in the NHL, there have been no Stanley Cups to speak of, but they have been to the dance three times. The Canucks have won President’s Trophies, Clarence Campbell Bowls three times for the Western Conference winners, but no Stanley Cups. However, there have been some individual glory over the years. As recent as a couple of red headed twins and back to some guy we called “The Russian Rocket”.
Here’s a break down of NHL Award winners :
CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY
Only one Canuck has won the Calder for top NHL rookie player. In the 1988-1989 season, Trevor Linden came in second in voting to Brian Leetch of the New York Rangers. However, it took “The Russian Rocket”, Pavel Bure to be the one and only Canucks Calder winner.
JACK ADAMS AWARD
Two Canucks coaches have won this honour. Pat Quinn in 1991-1992 and Alain Vigneault in the 2006-2007 season.
NHL PLUS/MINUS AWARD
Pretty straight forward award. The player with the best plus/minus rating in the NHL is the winner. One of the few awards not requiring media votes.
KING CLANCY MEMORIAL TROPHY
This award goes to the NHL player that displays leadership qualities on and off the ice and humanitarian contributions within their community. In 96-97 season, Captain Trevor Linden won this award, and it’s not hard to see why.
NHL FOUNDATION PLAYER AWARD
Much like the King Clancy Award, the Foundation Player Award exemplifies the player who applies commitment, perseverance and leadership to enrich the lives of people in his community. Guess who won that one in 2007- 2008? Trevor Linden, of course.
GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Created in 2010, the NHL gave the executives an award to recognize the hard work it takes to put together a winning team on the ice.
WILLIAM M. JENNINGS AWARD
An award for the goaltender(s) that allows the fewest regular season goals. In the 2010-2011 season, the Vancouver Canucks tandem of Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider did just that. Both excellent starting goaltenders, here is the TSN video that showed they were pretty good sports and funny guys off the ice as well.
FRANK J. SELKE AWARD
The award for the forward who best excels in the defensive aspect of the game. An award that could possibly be renamed the “Pavel Datsyuk Award” in the future but in 2010-2011, Ryan Kesler won that distinction.
ART ROSS TROPHY
Another trophy that doesn’t require media votes goes to the NHL player with the highest point total for the regular season. In 2010, Sedin won, and in 2011 Sedin won again, but not the same one.
TED LINDSAY AWARD
National Hockey League’s outstanding player in the regular season as judged by the members of the NHL Players Association. The Ted Lindsay award replaced the Lester B. Pearson award. The Canucks have a couple of Swedish guys from Onskoldsvik, Sweden who won it.
HART MEMORIAL TROPHY
We only have one, but the way our Captain won it was a statement type of season. He put the rest of the NHL on notice that he could put up the points like the best of them.
As I look back at the accomplishments by individual Canucks players, it’s nice to see that there has been some bright spots for this franchise. Elusive so far, is Lord Stanley, but having some individuals getting recognition for their efforts eases the sting of being ‘cup-less’. One day, maybe. From what we have gathered putting this piece together, Ornskoldsvik, Sweden seems to be a place that pumps out award winners.