(Ed. Notice: Welcome to the Puck Daddy 2013 summer time venture, the Nationwide Hockey League of Nations. We’ve recruited 30 writers/blogs to identify the very best participant of their favorite workforce’s historical past for every main nationality that creates the fabric of our beloved NHL: Canada, USA, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Sweden, Finland and The Remainder of The World. It’s their standards, as long as they’ll justify it. Read, debate and revel in! If you wish to accomplish that on Twitter, it is #NHLoN.)
Canada: Trevor Linden
I was going to present this nod to Roberto Luongo in an effort to appeal him again to town, but then I wrote him a music as a substitute. It worked out. This is Linden all the way in which anyway. Ask a Vancouverite to speak about Vancouver’s finest issues, and Linden is up there with Stanley Park, John Fluevog and Japadog. The person is a neighborhood treasure.
Most of his legacy is for the hockey he played — and pretty nicely, at that. Linden performed a franchise-excessive sixteen seasons in Vancouver (and while he had a pair stops elsewhere in between, we like to inform ourselves that his heart by no means left). He was the captain for seven years, including throughout the 1994 run to the Cup Last, and for the better part of 20 years, he was the Canucks.
More than that, he established the template by which all other nice Canucks are measured, leaving a legacy of group involvement and charity work that established each as cornerstones of “franchise great” standing. That is kind of dumb, for my part — nevertheless it’s not Linden’s fault that he was among the best all-round people the Canucks have ever employed.
Finland : Jyrki Lumme
All due respect to Mika Noronen, Tommi Santala, and Sami Salo, the latter of whom I mention without sarcasm, the nod right here has to go to swift-skating defenceman Jyrki Lumme, a rock on the Canucks’ back-finish by way of Buzzfeed’s favourite decade, the nineties.
Sami Salo was a rock on the Canucks’ back-finish for 9 seasons earlier than bolting for, well, the Bolts, and he is more energizing in individuals’s minds. But by way of affect, Lumme, who also performed nine Canuck seasons, narrowly edges him out. The distinction? Offence.
Granted, it was slightly simpler to create offence in Lumme’s period, and it’s even easier when you spend most of your shifts deep in the offensive zone, as he did, but still, Lumme was as gifted a scorer because the Canucks have ever had on their blueline. He had seven seasons of 30 points or extra for the staff, and four above 40. When he left, he was the Canucks’ all-time chief in targets and points by a defenceman.
Acquired for a second spherical draft pick, Lumme was instrumental in turning around the Canucks within the early 90s — they had been a laughingstock for most of their existence as much as that time. He was additionally instrumental in their run to the Stanley Cup Closing in 1994.
Honourable point out to Petri Skriko, who led the Canucks in scoring twice, and have become the first-ever Canuck named NHL Player of the Month in November 1986 after recording three hat tips in eight flippin’ days.
USA: Ryan Kesler
We all know, by the point he’s achieved here, it will be David Sales space, obviously, however for proper now, Ryan Kesler remains the Canucks’ best American hockey participant ever.
As one of the league’s most hated players and egregious divers, Kesler can also be largely accountable for the reputation the Canucks have around the league. In that sense, whereas Henrik Sedin is the captain, Ryan Kesler is the Canucks.
He’s still received time to cement his legacy, however he’s already performed excess of any other Murican. His 350 points is tops among U.S.-born Canucks, and his 578 games is over 100 greater than Gerry O’Flaherty, the second-longest tenured American in Canucks’ history. Kesler won the workforce’s first ever Selke trophy, he got here within a sport of beast-moding Vancouver to their first Stanley Cup, and he is the only American import to get butt-booty naked for ESPN.
Sweden: Henrik Sedin
The Canucks have had lots of great Swedes, from Thomas Gradin to Markus Naslund to awkward, half-season, old Mats Sundin, however for my cash, the most effective one they’ve ever had is the one which presently serves as their captain.
Daniel is an in depth, close, shut second, however I’ve at all times hated the way they’re lumped collectively when you’re supposed to pick only one. Henrik edges just ahead, to my thoughts, because he wears the “C”, performs the more durable place, and has barely higher profession numbers. So yeah, they’re one and two, however Henrik is first.
Maybe even first total. No disrespect to Trevor Linden, but I think, at that time, there’s an argument to be made that Daniel and Henrik are the very best Canucks ever, not to mention the very best Swedes. They’re the top scorers in franchise historical past with loads of time left to pad their numbers — they might be the first two Canucks to hit the a thousand-level plateau. Henrik’s the captain. They’ve each gained Artwork Ross trophies and MVP awards, they’ve led the Canucks to a Stanley Cup Ultimate, and so they’re essentially the most entertaining Canucks to look at since Pavel Bure.
I mean, yeah, Trevor Linden worked onerous and we all liked him, but relating to uncooked expertise, he’s acquired nothing on the Sedins.
Russia: Pavel Bure
While the debate can simmer over who’s the very best Canuck ever, there’s little debate over who’s the perfect player to ever play for the Canucks. That is Bure in a landslide.
There’s a motive his quantity is getting retired this coming season despite taking part in simply seven seasons in Vancouver. Bure was an unimaginable, phenomenal expertise who vaulted the Canucks onto the national stage and was instrumental of their journey to the Stanley Cup Last in 1994. He was so good, he managed to beat the scandalous nature of his departure and all that touchy-feely nonsense about neighborhood involvement and charity work being a mandatory a part of being thought of an awesome hockey participant.
Although the workforce nonetheless sneaked just a little of that stuff in underneath the buzzer, in order to preserve their valuable, righteous standards. Therefore, that’s Bure holding a baby up above. A local baby, no doubt! See, Vancouver? Bure loves your infants! He’s one of you! (Clearly, the infant resents getting used as a prop in a hasty character rehabilitation program. However I digress.)
Slovakia: Pavol Demitra
In their 40-plus 12 months historical past, the Canucks have dressed three Slovakian-born players: Jozef Balej, whose name sounds about as believable backwards, Lubomir Vaic, and the late Pavol Demitra. Since Vaic and Balej performed a mixed 10 video games, this was a pretty simple resolution.
Demitra was a former Mike Gillis client that followed Gillis to Vancouver, taking part in two years for the Canucks in a thankless function replacing Markus Naslund, in impact. He was better in year one, with 20 targets and 53 factors in sixty nine video games. In yr two, he struggled by injuries, taking part in just 28 video games for the Canucks earlier than calling an finish to his NHL career and heading to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl within the KHL.
Demitra performed one season there and deliberate to play another, at the very least, but he lost his life within the crash of Yak-Service Flight 9633. He is nonetheless missed.
Czech Republic: Rick Lanz
If all the pieces had gone properly for the Canucks, this spot would be taken by Petr Nedved and it would not even be up for debate. The Canucks drafted Nedved 2nd overall in 1990 (three spots earlier than Jaromir Jagr, who would most likely also be in this spot had they recognized what he’d become). Nedved was speculated to be their star of the future. Instead, he played simply three tumultuous and disappointing seasons in Vancouver before a bitter holdout ended the relationship and took him to St. Louis.
Thus, the very best Czech Vancouver’s ever had remains their first spherical draft pick from 10 years earlier, 1980’s seventh overall decide, Rick Lanz.
This is likely to be a divisive choose as a result of Lanz wasn’t technically born in the Czech Republic — that’s not what it was known as then. He was born in Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia, and his family defected to Canada throughout the Soviet invasion in 1968, when he was seven. However I say it still counts. Karlovy Differ still exists and is now the Czech Republic’s high spa town.
Lanz, a defenceman, performed 417 games for the Canucks and racked up 227 points, both of these numbers essentially the most amongst Czech-born gamers. His finest season was 1983-84, when he scored 18 targets and fifty seven factors and was named the staff’s top defenceman, which appears affordable because it’s still top-of-the-line seasons from a blueliner in crew historical past, and especially since his 14 powerplay targets tied him for the league lead among defenders with this dude named Paul Coffey.
After eight seasons in Vancouver, Lanz was traded to Toronto. Now he is the top scout for the Colorado Avalanche.
Honourable Czech mentions go to Jan Bulis, patron saint of that other blog I write for, and Marek Malik, who led the NHL in plus/minus, thus exposing plus/minus as a flawed statistic.
REMAINDER OF THE WORLD CATEGORY
Ed Hatoum (Lebanon)
This is probably where Jannik Hansen is meant to go, since he is been essentially the most impactful and notable Canuck from a non-traditional hockey nation (with honourable mentions to South Korea’s Richard Park and Latvia’s Arturs Irbe).
But nevermind all that. Ed Hatoum, a member of the inaugural 1970-seventy one Vancouver Canucks, was born in Lebanon, and what he lacks in impression, he makes up for in non-traditional. The NHL has seen simply four Lebanese gamers over time, with the most notable being Nazem Kadri, but Hatoum is the only one to have really been born in Lebanon. From Best Hockey Legends:
Hatoum, who grew up in Ontario, was born in Lebanon on December seventh, 1947. His family of ten began emigrating to the Ottawa space in 1954, where one among Ed’s uncles lived. It took three years to get the whole household to Canada. Ed was one of many last, aged 10 when he started calling Canada home.
Within a couple of years Ed picked up the Canadian recreation and to many individuals’s shock, most likely together with his own, he rapidly found he was fairly good at it. He was one of many high youth gamers in the Ottawa area.
The glory of Lebanon came to the Canucks, just because the prophet Isaiah said, in the 1970 expansion draft, when Vancouver took him from Detroit.
Hatoum would play the final 26 games of his 47-sport NHL profession for them, scoring just one purpose — shorthanded, at that — earlier than being loaned to the Seattle Totems in exchange for the rights to Bobby Schmautz.