2003–04 Vancouver Canucks · NHL
Northwest Division Champions
Division 1st Northwest
Conference 3rd Western
2003–04 record 43–24–10–5
Home record 21–13–7–0
Road record 22–11–3–5
Goals for 235
Goals against 194
General Manager Brian Burke
Coach Marc Crawford
Captain Markus Naslund
Alternate captains Todd Bertuzzi
Ed Jovanovski
Trevor Linden
Brendan Morrison
Arena General Motors Place
Average attendance 18,630
Team Leaders
Goals Markus Naslund (35)
Assists Markus Naslund (49)
Points Markus Naslund (84)
Penalties in minutes Brad May (137)
Wins Dan Cloutier (33)
Goals against average Dan Cloutier
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The 2003–04 Vancouver Canucks season was the Canucks' 34th NHL season. It was the first time since the Northwest Division was created that a team other than the Colorado Avalanche has won the division title.

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Divisional standings[edit | edit source]

Northwest Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA PTS
1 3 Vancouver Canucks 82 43 24 10 5 235 194 101
2 4 Colorado Avalanche 82 40 22 13 7 235 198 100
3 6 Calgary Flames 82 42 30 7 3 200 176 94
4 9 Edmonton Oilers 82 36 29 12 5 221 208 89
5 10 Minnesota Wild 82 30 29 20 3 188 183 83

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


Conference standings[edit | edit source]

Western Conference GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
p-Detroit Red Wings 82 48 21 11 2 255 189 109
y-San Jose Sharks 82 43 21 12 6 219 183 104
y-Vancouver Canucks 82 43 24 10 5 235 194 101
x-Colorado Avalanche 82 40 22 13 7 235 198 100
x-Dallas Stars 82 41 26 13 2 194 175 97
x-Calgary Flames 82 42 30 7 3 200 176 94
x-St. Louis Blues 82 39 30 11 2 191 198 91
x-Nashville Predators 82 38 29 11 4 216 217 91
e-Edmonton Oilers 82 36 29 12 5 221 208 89
e-Minnesota Wild 82 30 29 20 3 188 183 83
e-Los Angeles Kings 82 28 29 16 9 205 217 81
e-Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 82 29 35 10 8 184 213 76
e-Phoenix Coyotes 82 22 36 18 6 188 245 68
e-Columbus Blue Jackets 82 25 45 8 4 177 238 62
e-Chicago Blackhawks 82 20 43 11 8 188 259 59

p- Presidents' Trophy winner, x- qualified for playoffs, e- did not qualify for playoffs, y- divisional winner

Game log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 9, 2003 4–1 Calgary Flames (2003–04) 1–0–0–0
2 W October 11, 2003 3–0 Edmonton Oilers (2003–04) 2–0–0–0
3 L October 13, 2003 2–3 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2003–04) 2–1–0–0
4 L October 16, 2003 2–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (2003–04) 2–2–0–0
5 T October 18, 2003 2–2 OT @ Minnesota Wild (2003–04) 2–2–1–0
6 W October 20, 2003 6–1 Buffalo Sabres (2003–04) 3–2–1–0
7 W October 22, 2003 3–2 St. Louis Blues (2003–04) 4–2–1–0
8 T October 26, 2003 3–3 OT Phoenix Coyotes (2003–04) 4–2–2–0
9 W October 28, 2003 6–3 Columbus Blue Jackets (2003–04) 5–2–2–0
10 W October 30, 2003 3–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (2003–04) 6–2–2–0
11 W October 31, 2003 4–1 @ Phoenix Coyotes (2003–04) 7–2–2–0
12 W November 3, 2003 5–1 Detroit Red Wings (2003–04) 8–2–2–0
13 W November 5, 2003 4–3 @ Nashville Predators (2003–04) 9–2–2–0
14 L November 6, 2003 2–3 @ St. Louis Blues (2003–04) 9–3–2–0
15 W November 8, 2003 4–3 Minnesota Wild (2003–04) 10–3–2–0
16 L November 11, 2003 0–1 @ Minnesota Wild (2003–04) 10–4–2–0
17 L November 13, 2003 3–4 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (2003–04) 10–4–2–1
18 L November 15, 2003 1–2 OT @ Boston Bruins (2003–04) 10–4–2–2
19 W November 18, 2003 5–4 OT Montreal Canadiens (2003–04) 11–4–2–2
20 W November 20, 2003 3–2 OT Chicago Blackhawks (2003–04) 12–4–2–2
21 L November 22, 2003 3–5 Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–04) 12–5–2–2
22 L November 24, 2003 1–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (2003–04) 12–6–2–2
23 W November 25, 2003 5–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (2003–04) 13–6–2–2
24 W November 27, 2003 3–2 OT @ Ottawa Senators (2003–04) 14–6–2–2
25 T November 29, 2003 4–4 OT @ Calgary Flames (2003–04) 14–6–3–2
26 L December 4, 2003 1–4 Calgary Flames (2003–04) 14–7–3–2
27 T December 6, 2003 1–1 OT Minnesota Wild (2003–04) 14–7–4–2
28 W December 9, 2003 4–3 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (2003–04) 15–7–4–2
29 T December 11, 2003 1–1 OT Colorado Avalanche (2003–04) 15–7–5–2
30 W December 14, 2003 2–1 OT Carolina Hurricanes (2003–04) 16–7–5–2
31 W December 16, 2003 2–1 OT @ Nashville Predators (2003–04) 17–7–5–2
32 L December 17, 2003 1–3 @ Dallas Stars (2003–04) 17–8–5–2
33 W December 20, 2003 3–0 @ Edmonton Oilers (2003–04) 18–8–5–2
34 T December 22, 2003 4–4 OT Los Angeles Kings (2003–04) 18–8–6–2
35 W December 26, 2003 2–0 @ Calgary Flames (2003–04) 19–8–6–2
36 L December 27, 2003 2–6 Edmonton Oilers (2003–04) 19–9–6–2
37 W December 29, 2003 3–2 @ Colorado Avalanche (2003–04) 20–9–6–2
38 W December 31, 2003 4–3 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (2003–04) 21–9–6–2
39 L January 2, 2004 2–4 Colorado Avalanche (2003–04) 21–10–6–2
40 W January 3, 2004 3–1 @ Calgary Flames (2003–04) 22–10–6–2
41 L January 5, 2004 1–2 San Jose Sharks (2003–04) 22–11–6–2
42 W January 8, 2004 3–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (2003–04) 23–11–6–2
43 W January 9, 2004 5–2 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2003–04) 24–11–6–2
44 T January 11, 2004 2–2 OT Florida Panthers (2003–04) 24–11–7–2
45 W January 13, 2004 4–1 @ Phoenix Coyotes (2003–04) 25–11–7–2
46 L January 15, 2004 1–3 @ San Jose Sharks (2003–04) 25–12–7–2
47 L January 17, 2004 1–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2003–04) 25–13–7–2
48 L January 19, 2004 2–3 Dallas Stars (2003–04) 25–14–7–2
49 W January 21, 2004 5–4 OT Tampa Bay Lightning (2003–04) 26–14–7–2
50 W January 25, 2004 4–1 Nashville Predators (2003–04) 27–14–7–2
51 W January 27, 2004 3–2 Chicago Blackhawks (2003–04) 28–14–7–2
52 W January 29, 2004 4–2 @ St. Louis Blues (2003–04) 29–14–7–2
53 W January 31, 2004 6–1 @ Washington Capitals (2003–04) 30–14–7–2
54 L February 2, 2004 3–4 @ New York Rangers (2003–04) 30–15–7–2
55 L February 3, 2004 4–5 OT @ New York Islanders (2003–04) 30–15–7–3
56 W February 5, 2004 4–0 @ New Jersey Devils (2003–04) 31–15–7–3
57 L February 11, 2004 2–3 Calgary Flames (2003–04) 31–16–7–3
58 L February 13, 2004 1–4 Atlanta Thrashers (2003–04) 31–17–7–3
59 L February 14, 2004 1–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2003–04) 31–18–7–3
60 W February 16, 2004 1–0 @ Colorado Avalanche (2003–04) 32–18–7–3
61 L February 19, 2004 2–6 @ Minnesota Wild (2003–04) 32–19–7–3
62 L February 21, 2004 3–4 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (2003–04) 32–19–7–4
63 W February 24, 2004 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (2003–04) 33–19–7–4
64 W February 26, 2004 3–2 OT San Jose Sharks (2003–04) 34–19–7–4
65 W February 28, 2004 2–0 St. Louis Blues (2003–04) 35–19–7–4
66 T March 3, 2004 5–5 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (2003–04) 35–19–8–4
67 L March 5, 2004 1–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (2003–04) 35–20–8–4
68 W March 6, 2004 4–0 @ Columbus Blue Jackets (2003–04) 36–20–8–4
69 L March 8, 2004 2–9 Colorado Avalanche (2003–04) 36–21–8–4
70 T March 10, 2004 1–1 OT Minnesota Wild (2003–04) 36–21–9–4
71 W March 12, 2004 4–3 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (2003–04) 37–21–9–4
72 L March 13, 2004 1–2 Ottawa Senators (2003–04) 37–22–9–4
73 T March 16, 2004 2–2 OT Nashville Predators (2003–04) 37–22–10–4
74 L March 18, 2004 0–3 @ Dallas Stars (2003–04) 37–23–10–4
75 L March 19, 2004 3–4 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (2003–04) 37–23–10–5
76 L March 21, 2004 4–5 Columbus Blue Jackets (2003–04) 37–24–10–5
77 W March 24, 2004 1–0 Los Angeles Kings (2003–04) 38–24–10–5
78 W March 27, 2004 3–2 OT Dallas Stars (2003–04) 39–24–10–5
79 W March 29, 2004 6–1 Phoenix Coyotes (2003–04) 40–24–10–5
80 W March 31, 2004 2–1 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2003–04) 41–24–10–5
81 W April 2, 2004 4–1 @ San Jose Sharks (2003–04) 42–24–10–5
82 W April 3, 2004 5–2 Edmonton Oilers (2003–04) 43–24–10–5

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Western Conference Semi-Finals vs. (6) Calgary Flames[edit | edit source]

After splitting the first two games in Vancouver, Dan Cloutier was injured midway through game three in Calgary. With backup Alex Auld playing in relief, Vancouver would also split games three and four in Calgary. Facing elimination in game six, Brendan Morrison scored a quadruple overtime winner to force a game seven in Vancouver. In the series-deciding game, the Canucks found themselves down a goal and on the penalty kill in the last minute. With Auld on the bench for the extra attacker, winger Matt Cooke tied the game with five seconds left to force overtime. However, with Ed Jovanovski still in the penalty box, former Canuck Martin Gelinas eliminated the Canucks on the powerplay.

Vancouver loses series 4-3

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Series
1 April 7 Calgary 3 - 5 Vancouver Cloutier 1 – 0
2 April 9 Calgary 2 – 1 Vancouver Kiprusoff 1 – 1
3 April 11 Vancouver 2 – 1 Calgary Hedberg 2 – 1
4 April 13 Vancouver 0 – 4 Calgary Kiprusoff 2 - 2
5 April 15 Calgary 2 – 1 Vancouver Kiprusoff 3 – 2
6 April 17 Vancouver 5 – 4 Calgary 4OT Auld 3 – 3
7 April 19 Calgary 2 – 1 Vancouver OT Kiprusoff 4 – 3

Note:

  • Green background indicates win
  • Red background indicates loss

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Skaters[edit | edit source]

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

Regular season Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
Markus Naslund 78 35 49 84 58 7 2 7 9 2
Brendan Morrison 82 22 38 60 50 7 2 3 5 8
Todd Bertuzzi 69 17 43 60 122 -- -- -- -- --
Daniel Sedin 82 18 36 54 18 7 1 2 3 0
Henrik Sedin 76 11 31 42 32 7 2 2 4 2
Brent Sopel 80 10 32 42 36 7 0 1 1 0
Trevor Linden 82 14 22 36 26 7 0 0 0 6
Mattias Ohlund 82 14 20 34 73 7 1 4 5 13
Sami Salo 74 7 19 26 22 7 1 2 3 2
Matt Cooke 53 11 12 23 73 7 3 1 4 12

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Team. Stats reflect time with the Team only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Goaltenders[edit | edit source]

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/Shootout Losses; GA = Goals Against; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against Average

Regular season Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Dan Cloutier 60 3539 33 21 2 134 5 2.27 3 138 1 1 5 0 2.17
Johan Hedberg 21 1098 8 6 2 46 3 2.51 2 98 1 1 4 0 2.45
Alexander Auld 6 349 2 2 1 12 0 2.06 3 222 1 3 9 0 2.43

Awards and records[edit | edit source]

Team awards[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Canucks were involved in the following transactions during the 2003–04 season.

Trades[edit | edit source]

October 30, 2003 To Vancouver Canucks
Sean Pronger
To Columbus Blue Jackets
Zenith Komarniski
December 17, 2003 To Vancouver Canucks
Wade Brookbank
To Nashville Predators
future considerations
January 17, 2004 To Vancouver Canucks
future considerations
To Boston Bruins
Jiri Slegr
February 16, 2004 To Vancouver Canucks
Peter Sarno
To Edmonton Oilers
Tyler Moss
March 9, 2004 To Vancouver Canucks
Martin Rucinsky
To New York Rangers
R.J. Umberger
Martin Grenier
March 9, 2004 To Vancouver Canucks
Sergei Varlamov
To St. Louis Blues
Ryan Ready
March 9, 2004 To Vancouver Canucks
Marc Bergevin
To Pittsburgh Penguins
conditional draft pick
March 9, 2004 To Vancouver Canucks
Geoff Sanderson
To Columbus Blue Jackets
3rd round pick in 2004
March 9, 2004 To Vancouver Canucks
Sylvain Blouin
To Montreal Canadiens
Rene Vydareny


Draft picks[edit | edit source]

Vancouver's picks at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, held in Nashville, Tennessee.[1]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 23 Ryan Kesler C Flag of the United States United States Ohio State University (NCAA)
2 60 Marc-Andre Bernier RW Flag of Canada Canada Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
4 111 Brandon Nolan LW Flag of Canada Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
4 128 Ty Morris LW Flag of Canada Canada St. Albert (AJHL)
5 150 Nicklas Danielsson RW Flag of Sweden Sweden Brynäs IF (SWE)
6 190 Chad Brownlee D Flag of Canada Canada Vernon Vipers (BCHL)
7 222 Francois-Pierre Guenette C Flag of Canada Canada Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
8 252 Sergei Topol F Flag of Russia Russia OMSK (RUS)
8 254 Nathan McIver D Flag of Canada Canada Toronto St. Michael's Majors (OHL)
9 285 Matthew Hansen D Flag of Canada Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 2003 NHL Entry Draft results, nhl.com, accessed April 25, 2008


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