CA'S ALL-TIME GREATEST CANUCKS TEAM: TODD BERTUZZI

J.D. Burke
September 03 2015 07:04PM

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For as long as I've been a sentient being, the Canucks haven't had a more singularly dominant player (in my estimation) than Todd Bertuzzi. His ability to take over a game physically is unlike anything I've seen since in a Canucks uniform.

While there's been no shortage of physically apt players since his hay days in Vancouver, none have possessed the ability to bully their opponents to even half the extent Bertuzzi could. Physically imposing doesn't do justice.

When speaking on what it means to be a power forward, the benchmark was set during Bertuzzi's more productive campaigns as a Vancouver Canuck. And likely will be until Zack Kassian realizes his fullest potential for the foreseeable future. 

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Rogers Arena 20th anniversary celebrations will honour Bertuzzi, Oprah and hopefully Big Country

Thomas Drance
September 03 2015 04:39PM

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The Vancouver Canucks will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their home rink - formerly GM Place, now Rogers Arena - this season, and they'll do so with a variety of themed nights. 

We already knew this, and already knew that the retro 90s skate logo would be part of the festivities, but the full gamut of the club's plans was revealed on Thursday and from Vancouver Grizzlies night to a celebration that name-checks Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton, there are some eclectic choices to say the least.

You can see the full list here, but we'll offer some thoughts on the other side.

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CA'S ALL-TIME GREATEST CANUCKS TEAM: RYAN KESLER

J.D. Burke
September 03 2015 04:05PM

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In many ways, Ryan Kesler was the connecting fiber between what's become an increasingly working class city and this most white collar and often inaccessible franchise. 

His style of hockey was efficient, if simple and embodied all the virtues that we often associate with the more romantic aspects of the game. Like most Canucks stars during his stay in Vancouver, Kesler could score in bunches. What separated him from his more prolific peers was his bang and crash style and reckless abandon physically.

Sure, he's left this city a villain, but I think in time he'll be remembered a hero. All things heal with time, after all. 

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CanucksArmy Prospect Profile: #2 Jake Virtanen

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 03 2015 10:00AM

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When Jim Benning walked up to the podium and selected Jake Virtanen as his first ever drafted prospect as GM of the Vancouver Canucks in 2014, many members of the fanbase were concerned, and understandably so. After all, Virtanen was ranked by many in the 8-10 range heading in, and a big part of him being ranked even that high was being "physically ready" for the NHL. Yet, here they were taking him with the sixth pick.

Fast forward a year and change. Thanks to the faster growth of other prospects, even those taken after him, confidence in him is at an all-time low. But, that doesn't mean that Virtanen is a lost cause. Far from it, actually; he's still a very, very good prospect and amongst the best in Vancouver's system.

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CA's All-Time Greatest Canucks Team: Tony Tanti

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
September 02 2015 05:00PM

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The wonderful Cam Davie returns with another guest post today!

Drafted 12th overall with the Black Hawks in 1981, Tony Tanti was not a goal scoring sensation during his time in Chicago. Well, to be fair, he did only play three games for Chicago before being traded to Vancouver for Curt Fraser midway through the 1982-83 season. Something changed with Tanti over the following summer, as he entered his first full season having just turned 20. Tanti score 45 goals that next year, the first Canucks player to ever do so. And the last to do so until a certain Pavel Bure score 60 goals a decade later. Tanti went on to score a combined 204 goals over his first full 5 seasons with the Canucks.

That remarkable output defined Tony Tanti as the Vancouver Canucks first real sniper.

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