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1997–98 Vancouver Canucks · NHL
Division 7th Pacific
Conference 13th Western
1997–98 record 25–43–14
Home record 15–22–4
Road record 10–21–10
Goals for 224
Goals against 273
Coach Mike Keenan
Captain Mark Messier
Alternate captains Dave Babych (Oct-Mar)
Pavel Bure
Trevor Linden (Oct-Jan)
Brian McCabe (Mar-Apr)
Dana Murzyn (Jan-Apr)
Arena General Motors Place
Average attendance 17,120
Team Leaders
Goals Pavel Bure (51)
Assists Pavel Bure (39)
Points Pavel Bure (90)
Penalties in minutes Donald Brashear (372)
Wins Arturs Irbe (14)
Goals against average Arturs Irbe (2.73)
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The 1997–98 Vancouver Canucks season was the teams 28th season in the National Hockey League. After missing the playoffs the season before, the team responded by signing Mark Messier to a three-year contract. The signing of Messier did little to improve the team as they finished even worse than the year before, costing coach Tom Renney and general manager Pat Quinn their jobs. For the first time in NHL history, regular season games were played outside of North America, with the Canucks playing the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in Tokyo to open up the regular season. Pavel Bure became the last Canuck to score 50 or more goals in a season.

In addition, the team introduced a new logo that would stay in use for over a decade.





Offseason[edit | edit source]

NHL Draft[edit | edit source]

See also: 1997 NHL Entry Draft
Round # Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 10 Brad Ference Flag of Canada Canada Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
2 34 Ryan Bonni Flag of Canada Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
2 36 Harold Druken Flag of Canada Canada Detroit Whalers (OHL)
3 64 Kyle Freadrich Flag of Canada Canada Regina Pats (WHL)
4 90 Chris Stanley Flag of Canada Canada Belleville Bulls (OHL)
5 114 David Darguzas Flag of Canada Canada Edmonton Ice (WHL)
5 117 Matt Cockell Flag of Canada Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
6 144 Matt Cooke Flag of Canada Canada Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
6 148 Larry Shapley Flag of Canada Canada Welland (Golden Horseshoe Junior B Hockey League)
7 171 Rod Leroux Flag of Canada Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
8 201 Denis Martynyuk Flag of Austria Austria HC CSKA Moscow (Russian Pro Hockey League)
9 227 Peter Brady Flag of Canada Canada Powell River Paper Kings (BCJHL)

Regular season[edit | edit source]

All-Star Game[edit | edit source]

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The 48th National Hockey League All-Star Game took place at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, home to the Vancouver Canucks, on January 18, 1998.

The International Showdown[edit | edit source]

The 48th game was held in the very same year as the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, providing the NHL to show its players from all over the world. To this extent, the NHL had the all-star teams consist of a team of North Americans playing against a team of stars from the rest of the world. The format change also helped to intensify the game, as national pride would also become a factor. These provisions only applied to the players - coaches would still be selected based on which teams were the best from each conference at the time of the break.

Final standings[edit | edit source]

Pacific Division
# CR   GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 2 Colorado Avalanche 82 39 26 17 231 205 95
2 5 Los Angeles Kings 82 38 33 11 227 225 87
3 7 Edmonton Oilers 82 35 37 10 215 224 80
4 8 San Jose Sharks 82 34 38 10 210 216 78
5 10 Calgary Flames 82 26 41 15 217 252 67
6 12 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 26 43 13 205 261 65
7 13 Vancouver Canucks 82 25 43 14 224 273 64

Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.

Game log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 3, 1997 3–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim* (1997–98) 1–0–0
2 L October 4, 1997 2–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim* (1997–98) 1–1–0
3 T October 9, 1997 2–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 1–1–1
4 L October 11, 1997 3–6 New York Rangers (1997–98) 1–2–1
5 W October 13, 1997 3–0 Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 2–2–1
6 L October 17, 1997 0–2 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 2–3–1
7 T October 19, 1997 4–4 OT Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 2–3–2
8 W October 21, 1997 5–1 @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 3–3–2
9 L October 23, 1997 1–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 3–4–2
10 L October 25, 1997 2–3 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 3–5–2
11 L October 26, 1997 1–5 Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 3–6–2
12 L October 29, 1997 0–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 3–7–2
13 L October 30, 1997 1–8 @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 3–8–2
14 L November 1, 1997 6–7 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 3–9–2
15 L November 3, 1997 3–5 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 3–10–2
16 L November 4, 1997 1–2 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 3–11–2
17 L November 8, 1997 2–3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 3–12–2
18 L November 11, 1997 2–8 @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 3–13–2
19 W November 12, 1997 5–2 @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 4–13–2
20 T November 14, 1997 3–3 OT @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 4–13–3
21 W November 16, 1997 4–1 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 5–13–3
22 W November 20, 1997 4–2 Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 6–13–3
23 L November 22, 1997 4–5 OT Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 6–14–3
24 W November 25, 1997 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 7–14–3
25 W November 28, 1997 5–2 @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 8–14–3
26 W November 29, 1997 4–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 9–14–3
27 T December 1, 1997 3–3 OT Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 9–14–4
28 L December 4, 1997 2–3 San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 9–15–4
29 L December 6, 1997 4–6 @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 9–16–4
30 L December 8, 1997 1–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 9–17–4
31 L December 9, 1997 5–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 9–18–4
32 L December 13, 1997 2–5 Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 9–19–4
33 W December 15, 1997 7–0 Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 10–19–4
34 W December 17, 1997 5–1 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 11–19–4
35 T December 18, 1997 0–0 OT @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 11–19–5
36 L December 20, 1997 0–5 Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 11–20–5
37 L December 23, 1997 1–3 Dallas Stars (1997–98) 11–21–5
38 T December 27, 1997 3–3 OT @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 11–21–6
39 L December 29, 1997 2–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 11–22–6
40 L December 31, 1997 0–8 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 11–23–6
41 L January 3, 1998 2–4 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 11–24–6
42 W January 5, 1998 3–2 Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 12–24–6
43 L January 7, 1998 2–3 St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 12–25–6
44 T January 8, 1998 4–4 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 12–25–7
45 T January 10, 1998 2–2 OT Florida Panthers (1997–98) 12–25–8
46 L January 12, 1998 2–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 12–26–8
47 L January 14, 1998 0–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 12–27–8
48 L January 15, 1998 2–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 12–28–8
49 L January 21, 1998 1–6 Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 12–29–8
50 L January 24, 1998 2–5 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 12–30–8
51 L January 26, 1998 2–4 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 12–31–8
52 L January 28, 1998 1–6 @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 12–32–8
53 W January 30, 1998 3–1 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 13–32–8
54 W January 31, 1998 6–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 14–32–8
55 L February 2, 1998 1–2 Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 14–33–8
56 W February 6, 1998 5–4 Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 15–33–8
57 W February 7, 1998 6–3 San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 16–33–8
58 W February 25, 1998 5–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 17–33–8
59 T February 27, 1998 4–4 OT @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 17–33–9
60 W February 28, 1998 6–4 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 18–33–9
61 T March 2, 1998 2–2 OT @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 18–33–10
62 L March 5, 1998 2–6 Calgary Flames (1997–98) 18–34–10
63 W March 7, 1998 5–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 19–34–10
64 L March 9, 1998 0–4 St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 19–35–10
65 T March 11, 1998 2–2 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 19–35–11
66 L March 12, 1998 2–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 19–36–11
67 W March 14, 1998 6–2 @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 20–36–11
68 W March 17, 1998 4–2 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 21–36–11
69 L March 18, 1998 2–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 21–37–11
70 T March 20, 1998 1–1 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 21–37–12
71 T March 21, 1998 1–1 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 21–37–13
72 W March 24, 1998 4–3 New York Islanders (1997–98) 22–37–13
73 L March 26, 1998 2–5 Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 22–38–13
74 L March 28, 1998 2–3 Washington Capitals (1997–98) 22–39–13
75 W April 1, 1998 4–2 Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 23–39–13
76 W April 4, 1998 5–3 Dallas Stars (1997–98) 24–39–13
77 L April 6, 1998 2–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 24–40–13
78 W April 9, 1998 6–3 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 25–40–13
79 T April 11, 1998 1–1 OT @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 25–40–14
80 L April 15, 1998 0–2 Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 25–41–14
81 L April 17, 1998 2–4 Calgary Flames (1997–98) 25–42–14
82 L April 19, 1998 1–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 25–43–14

* At Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Forwards[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Pavel Bure 82 51 39 90 48
Mark Messier 82 22 38 60 58
Alexander Mogilny 51 18 27 45 36
Markus Naslund 76 14 20 34 56
Brian Noonan 82 10 15 25 62
Dave Scatchard 76 13 11 24 165
Donald Brashear 77 9 9 18 372
Steve Staios 77 3 4 7 134

Defencemen[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Jyrki Lumme 74 9 21 30 34
Mattias Ohlund 77 7 23 30 76
Bret Hedican 71 3 24 27 79
Grant Ledyard 39 2 13 15 14
Bryan McCabe 26 1 11 12 64
Dave Babych 47 0 9 9 37
Dana Murzyn 31 5 2 7 42
Bert Robertsson 30 2 4 6 24
Adrian Aucoin 35 3 3 6 21
Chris McAllister 36 1 2 3 106
Jamie Huscroft 7 0 1 1 0
Enrico Ciccone 13 0 1 1 47
Mark Wotton 5 0 0 0 6

Goaltending[edit | edit source]

Note: GP= Games played; W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against

Player GP W L T SO GAA
Arturs Irbe 41 14 11 6 2 2.73
Garth Snow 13 3 6 0 0 3.10
Sean Burke 16 2 9 4 0 3.51
Kirk McLean 29 6 17 4 1 3.68
Corey Hirsch 1 - - - - 6.00

References[edit | edit source]


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