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Images from the history of Vancouver's hockey franchise

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The Vancouver Canucks make their National Hockey League debut against the Los Angeles Kings at the Pacific Coliseum before a capacity crowd of 15,570 on Oct. 9, 1970.

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Denis Vervegart of the Vancouver Canucks jumps into the play against the Boston Bruins in this 1970 file photo.

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Pat Quinn of the Vancouver Canucks skates against the Montreal Canadiens in the 1970's at the Montreal Forum in Montreal.

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Vancouver Canucks goalie Richard Brodeur makes a sliding save against the Washington Capitals during first period action in Vancouver on Oct. 28, 1981, in Vancouver.

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The Vancouver Canucks celebrate at the net after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago to win the 1982 Campbell Conference championships and advance to the Stanley Cup final.

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A couple of Canuck fans proudly display one of the towels that they and thousands of others will use to cheer on the Canucks in their first home game of the Stanley Cup playoffs in Vancouver on May 13, 1982.

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Vancouver Canucks goalie Richard Brodeur slowly skates off the ice after Game 3 of the 1982 Stanley Cup finals. The scoreboard tells the story as the Islanders beat the Canucks 3-0 to take a 3-0 games lead in the series.

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This 1984 file photo shows the Cancuks jerseys that replaced the infamous the deep V sweaters.

Chuck Stoody/The Canadian Press

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Pat Quinn arrived from the Los Angeles Kings as general manager and president of the Canucks in mid-1987. Originally published March 4, 1989

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Roger Neilson head coach of the Vancouver Canucks watches action from behind bench in game against the Boston Bruins at Boston Garden.

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Trevor Linden of the Vancouver Canucks in action against the Calgary Flames in 1997.

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New York Rangers' forward Greg Gilbert is tripped up by Vancouver Canucks' Murray Craven in front of Canucks' Geoff Courtnall during first period action in Game 2 of the 1994 Stanley Cup finals.

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New York Rangers' Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson and Sergei Zubov celebrate Anderson's second period goal beside Vancouver Canucks' Jyrki Lumme in Game 2 of the 1994 Stanley Cup finals.

Ray Stubblebine/Reuters

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Vancouver Canucks' forward Geoff Courtnall scores Vancouver's fourth goal as the puck bounces out of the net past New York Rangers' goalie Mike Richter during third period action. Vancouver defeated New York 4-1 to force a seventh game.

Mike Blake/Reuters

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Members of a large crowd gathered in downtown Vancouver disperse after being tear gassed by Vancouver police. Riot police moved in after thousand gathered following the Vancouver Canucks defeat against the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup final in New York.

Chuck Stoody/The Canadian Press

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Right wing Pavel Bure of the Vancouver Canucks stands on the ice during a game against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim on Sept. 17, 1997.

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Vancouver Canucks Alex Mogilny during pre-game skate at GM Place in Vancouver Wednesday Oct. 6, 1999.

CHUCK STOODY/The Canadian Press

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Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier during pre-game skate at GM Place in Vancouver Wednesday Oct. 6, 1999.

CHUCK STOODY/The Canadain Press

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In this image from television, Boston Bruins Marty McSorley hits Vancouver Canuck Donald Brashear with a swinging slash to the right temple on Monday Feb 22, 2000 in Vancouver.

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Vancouver Canuck captain Mark Messier and team trainer Mike Bernstein attend to Canuck's Donald Brashear on the ice during the third period of their game against the Boston Bruins February 22, 2000. Brashear was knocked to the ice unconscious after he was struck in the head by the stick of Bruin's Marty McSorley.

JEFF VINNICK/Jeff Vinnick/Vancouver Canucks

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Queen Elizabeth II holds up the puck after it was presented back to her by Vancouver Canucks' captain Markus Naslund prior to a National Hockey League exhibition game between the Canucks and San Jose Sharks October 6, 2002. The Queen, who dropped the puck in an honorary faceoff, was given the puck back as a souvenir. Standing behind the Queen is Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.

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First in series of video frame grabs showing Vancouver Canucks Todd Bertuzzi (right, dark jersey) about to hit Colorado Avalanche player Steve Moore durign an NHL game at Vancouver Monday, March 8, 2004.

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Vancouver Canucks Todd Bertuzzi cries as he apologizes for sucker-punching Steve Moore of the Colorado Avalance during an NHL game.

CHUCK STOODY/The Canadian Press

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President and GM of the Vancouver Canucks Brian Burke talks to the media at a press conference after the Bertuzzi incident.

CHUCK STOODY/The Canadian Press

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Hockey fans cheers the start of the Vancouver Canucks and the Calgary Flames NHL play-offs series in Vancouver Wednesday, April 7, 2004.

RICHARD LAM/The Canadian Press

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Todd Bertuzzi and Markus Naslund of the Vancouver Canucks look on from the bench during their game against the Colorado Avalanche at General Motors Place on November 10, 2005 in Vancouver.

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Vancouver Canucks' Daniel Sedin, left, is congratulated by his twin brother Henrik Sedin after Daniel scored against the Dallas Stars during the third period of their NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia December 20, 2007.

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Goaltender Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks takes a break during a game against the New York Islanders on November 17, 2008 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.

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Canucks GM Mike Gillis outside the Canucks dressing room Vancouver May 5, 2008.

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Cody Hodgson puts a Vancouver Canucks jersey after being chosen as their first round draft pick at the NHL draft in Ottawa Friday June 20, 2008.

Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press

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Vancouver Canucks' Trevor Linden is interviewed after announcing his retirement as a photograph of himself with Pat Quinn at the NHL entry draft in 1988 hangs on the wall behind him, in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday June 11, 2008.

DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press

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Mats Sundin takes to the ice for the first time as part of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks at GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia December 30, 2008.

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Vancouver Canucks' goalie Roberto Luongo is surrounded by reporters as the team gathered to clean out their lockers in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday May 13, 2009, after being eliminated from the NHL playoffs.

DARRYL DYCK/The Canadian Press

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A Vancouver Canucks fan cheers in the stands in Game 4 of the Western Conference semi-finals against the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Original Vancouver captain Orland Kurtenbach and current Canuck Henrik Sedin.

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