Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!===1970–82: Early years=== Vancouver's first professional team, the [[Vancouver Millionaires]], played for the [[Stanley Cup]] five times, winning the trophy in 1915. Vancouver was also home to [[Denman Arena]], the first artificial ice arena in Canada and, at the time, the largest in the world. After the Millionaires disbanded in 1926, Vancouver was home to only minor league teams for many years, most notably the [[Vancouver Canucks (WHL)|Vancouver Canucks]], who played from 1945 to 1970 in the [[Pacific Coast Hockey League]] and minor professional [[Western Hockey League (minor pro)|Western Hockey League]]. In 1967 Vancouver broke ground for a new modern arena, the [[Pacific Coliseum]]. However, when a Vancouver group led by WHL Canucks owner and former Vancouver mayor [[Fred Hume]] made a bid for one of the six teams due to [[1967 NHL Expansion|join the league in 1967]], the NHL rejected their application. Bid leader [[Cyril McLean]] called the denial a "cooked-up deal." Speculation has long abounded that the bid was torpedoed by [[Toronto Maple Leafs]] President [[Stafford Smythe]], who after a failed Vancouver-based business deal was quoted as saying that the city would not get a NHL franchise in his lifetime, who along with the [[Montreal Canadiens]] purportedly did not wish to split [[Canadian Broadcasting Corporation|CBC]] hockey revenues three ways rather than two.<ref>''Total Hockey,'' ed. Dan Diamond (1998), Andrews McMeel, p. 251.</ref> There were reports at the time, however, that the group had made a very weak proposal in expectation that Vancouver was a lock for one of the new franchises. Less than a year later, the [[California Golden Seals|Oakland Seals]] were in financial difficulty and having trouble drawing fans. An apparent deal was in place to move the team to Vancouver, but the NHL did not want to see one of their franchises from the expansion of 1967 move so quickly and killed the deal. In exchange for avoiding a lawsuit, the NHL promised Vancouver would get a team in the next expansion. Another group, headed by Minnesota entrepreneur [[Tom Scallen]], made a new presentation, and was awarded an expansion franchise for the price of six million dollars (three times the cost in [[1967–68 NHL season|1967]]).<ref>http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/hockey/vancouver-canucks/money+make+franchise+happen/2049814/story.html</ref> The new ownership group purchased the WHL Canucks, and joined the league along with the [[Buffalo Sabres]] for the [[1970–71 NHL season|1970–71 season]]. Ex-Ranger centre [[Orland Kurtenbach]] was named the Canucks' first-ever captain, and the team played its inaugural game against the [[Los Angeles Kings]] on October 9, 1970, in which [[Barry Wilkins]] scored the first goal in franchise history. Two days later, the squad netted the first win in franchise history, a 5–3 victory over the [[Toronto Maple Leafs]]. Vancouver and Buffalo were both placed in the strong [[East Division (NHL)|East Division]] for their first four seasons, as part of a realignment that saw the [[Chicago Black Hawks]] transferred to the [[West Division (NHL)|West Division]], which to that point had consisted only of the 1967 expansion teams. Although the team had a few capable players such as Kurtenbach, defencemen [[Dale Tallon]] and [[Jocelyn Guevremont]], and winger [[Dennis Ververgaert]] and it played respectably, it failed to make the playoffs during these early years. Realignment for the [[1974–75 NHL season|1974–75 season]] placed the Canucks in the new [[Smythe Division]], and they responded with their first winning record, finishing first in the division. However, their first playoff series was against the [[Montreal Canadiens]], who beat them in five games. The Canucks again posted a winning record and made the playoffs [[1975–76 NHL season|the next year]], but lost to the [[New York Islanders]] in a two-game preliminary series. The Canucks missed the playoffs the two seasons thereafter. These were not without their highlights, however. During these years, star players included [[André Boudrias|Andre Boudrias]], who finished first in team scoring four out of the franchise's first five seasons (and finished second by a single point in the other), forward [[Don Lever]], and [[Dennis Kearns]]. Vancouver did not have another winning season for sixteen seasons. For most of that time, however, they were much more competitive than their record indicated; they only missed the playoffs six times. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Ice Hockey Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://icehockey.fandom.com/wiki/Vancouver_Canucks"