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It's perhaps a little known part of Canucks history that they were a dominant team in the old WHL and PCHL before being brought into the NHL as an expansion team in 1970.

 

Some legendary names put on the Canucks jersey and helped them win titles before the team made the big leap to the big league.  Who is the greatest?

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Bathgate was a keeper. A lot of legends here, though I think Fontinato is most famous for getting his face filled in by Howe.

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I voted Esposito, but had no idea that 'French Connection' Rene Robert was a pre-NHL Canuck! He is so much younger than the others.  How was this possible??  Do tell Biestra, do tell!

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7 minutes ago, Captain Canuck #12 said:

I voted Esposito, but had no idea that 'French Connection' Rene Robert was a pre-NHL Canuck! He is so much younger than the others.  How was this possible??  Do tell Biestra, do tell!

 

Wish I had the fine print details, but all I can say is we caught him on his way up to the NHL instead of on his way out of it.

 

The French Connection and the Triple Crown Line...probably my two favorite names for hockey lines and maybe the two best lines ever.  And in both cases, two of the three have unfairly slipped a little under the waves of history.

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1 hour ago, Captain Canuck #12 said:

I voted Esposito, but had no idea that 'French Connection' Rene Robert was a pre-NHL Canuck! He is so much younger than the others.  How was this possible??  Do tell Biestra, do tell!

From what my research tells me, he was already ripping it up in the CHL and AHL and only played five games for Vancouver in it's last WHL season in 1969-70 when he was about 19. He was young before the NHL draft was very big, so he went undrafted.

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Definitely have to go with Don Cherry on this one.  You people that are too young wouldn't know any better.

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No disrespect to the names already offered but this might be of interest to some of the old timers on these pages.

 

When I was but a wee lad in the 1970's, pouring endlessly over my old NHL Yearbooks (used to be able to send away to the Sun Life Building in Montreal for free copies), I was always intrigued by the name Brit Selby. 

 

Maybe it was the name. Didn't know any Brits at all and that last name seemed like it was missing an H in it which always bothered me. But if you were like me, you were fascinated that this young Toronto Maple Leaf winger had won the Calder Trophy the year before Bobby Orr did in 1967 and then seemed to have a career that was overwhelming forgetful. As kids we all worshipped Bobby Orr and assumed his greatness just rubbed off on everybody he touched, even Brit Selby, whose name appeared below him in the list of all time Calder trophy winners.

 

Imagine my surprise when, many years after with such information more readily accessible, I discover that the same Brit Selby, Calder Trophy winner in 1966, played for the WHL Vancouver Canucks in 1967! Since the Canucks were not affiliated with Toronto it might take some sleuthing as to why he ended up here, though he did not play a full season's worth of games that year and could have been injured. I'm sure somebody knows the whole story. 

 

Not the greatest Pre-Canuck, but circumstantially, one of the strangest.

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Pondered voting Bower but just had to go Cherry, me and political correctness do not get along, I love Don.

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34 minutes ago, Dumb Nuck said:

Pondered voting Bower but just had to go Cherry, me and political correctness do not get along, I love Don.

 

How he's not yet in the Hall of Fame is completely beyond me.  They couldn't get Gary Bettman in there fast enough...

 

Are they gonna pull a Pat Burns / Pat Quinn and do it a year or two after he dies.  That seems to be the way.

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3 hours ago, Kevin Biestra said:

 

How he's not yet in the Hall of Fame is completely beyond me.  They couldn't get Gary Bettman in there fast enough...

 

Are they gonna pull a Pat Burns / Pat Quinn and do it a year or two after he dies.  That seems to be the way.

Love him or hate him he is a larger than life personality that has had  as much an impact on hockey as the greatest of superstars. 
 

Me, I love him.

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Don Cherry hands down. Rest them are a bunch of no name bums.

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In the days before the goalie graveyard

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Certainly, I think of Bathgate and Maloney. Maloney is my choice because of his time both as a player and later as a coach/GM.

 

                                                regards,  G.

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