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83-84VanCan
1983–84 Vancouver Canucks · NHL
Division 3rd Smythe (5 teams)
Conference 4th Campbell (10 teams)
1983–84 record 32–39–9 (73 points)
Home record 20-16-4
Road record 12-23-7
Goals for 306
Goals against 328
General Manager Harry Neale
Coach Roger Neilson (17-28-6)
Harry Neale (15-11-3)
Captain Stan Smyl
Arena Pacific Coliseum
Average attendance 13,626
Team leaders
Goals Tony Tanti (45)
Assists Patrik Sundstrom (53)
Points Patrik Sundstrom (91)
Penalties in minutes Dave "Tiger" Williams (294)
Wins John Garrett (14)
Goals against average Frank Caprice (3.39)

OffseasonEdit

The Canucks had the ninth overall pick in the Entry Draft and chose right-winger Cam Neely, who had just led the Portland Winterhawks to the Memorial Cup Championship. Neely tallied 31 points and 57 penalty minutes in 56 games his rookie season.

Regular seasonEdit

The second game of the season was a wild, shoot-out affair, with the Canucks beating the Minnesota North Stars 10-9. Patrik Sundstrom scored the winning goal to go along with five assists in the game. His right winger, Tony Tanti, scored twice and added three helpers. Two nights later, in a 7-4 win over Toronto, Tanti scored three goals, all assisted by Sundstrom. The two would combine for a large piece of the Canucks' offense this season and, along with Dave "Tiger" Williams on left wing, quickly establish themselves as the club's number one line. Tanti finished with a club-record 45 goals while Sundstrom tallied six assists and seven points (both club records) in a 9-5 win in Pittsburgh on February 29, helping him in establishing a club record of 91 points. Williams again led the NHL in penalty minutes, racking up 294.

On December 10, injuries to Richard Brodeur and John Garrett forced the Canucks to give rookie goalie Frank Caprice his first NHL start against the mighty Edmonton Oilers on Hockey Night In Canada. Things didn’t look good to start, when Pat Hughes beat him to the five-hole at the 16 second mark, but after that he stopped 41 of 42 shots, many coming off of the sticks of future Hall-of-Famers, and earned the game’s First Star in a 3-2 victory. Caprice then backstopped the Canucks to two more victories before suffering his first loss December 18 in Buffalo by a 3-2 score.

That game in Buffalo began an awful 3-14-2 slide. During that miserable stretch, the Canucks managed a 3-3 tie in Los Angeles on January 4, the game in which Thomas Gradin registered his 408th point as a Canuck to pass Don Lever as the club's all-time leading scorer. In the next three games, the Canucks lost in Minnesota, Chicago, and St. Louis by identical 2-0 scores, marking the first time that the team has been shut out in three consecutive games. On January 26, following a game in which the Canucks lost 6-4 to Edmonton after leading 4-2 (Wayne Gretzky recorded a point in his 51st straight game—the last game of his NHL record scoring streak), Roger Neilson was fired as coach. GM Harry Neale took over for the remainder of the season.

The club won it’s first game under Neale, 4-0 over Philadelphia, thanks to a great performance by Brodeur and two points from Jean-Marc Lanthier in his NHL debut. They played respectably in the last 29 games (15-11-3) and finished with 73 points—in a tie for third place with Winnipeg. The Canucks, with more wins (32-31), won the tiebreaker and drew Calgary, again, as a first-round playoff opponent.

Final standingsEdit

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Edmonton Oilers 80 57 18 5 446 314 119
Calgary Flames 80 34 32 14 311 314 82
Vancouver Canucks 80 32 39 9 306 328 73
Winnipeg Jets 80 31 38 11 340 374 73
Los Angeles Kings 80 23 44 13 309 376 59

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 5, 19833–5 Calgary Flames (1983–84) 0–1–0
2WOctober 7, 198310–9 Minnesota North Stars (1983–84) 1–1–0
3WOctober 9, 19837–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1983–84) 2–1–0
4LOctober 11, 19832–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1983–84) 2–2–0
5LOctober 12, 19831–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1983–84) 2–3–0
6LOctober 15, 19834–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1983–84) 2–4–0
7LOctober 19, 19837–10 Edmonton Oilers (1983–84) 2–5–0
8WOctober 21, 19835–4 New Jersey Devils (1983–84) 3–5–0
9TOctober 22, 19835–5 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1983–84) 3–5–1
10WOctober 25, 19837–1 St. Louis Blues (1983–84) 4–5–1
11WOctober 28, 19835–4 OT Hartford Whalers (1983–84) 5–5–1
12LOctober 30, 19833–4 OT @ Calgary Flames (1983–84) 5–6–1
13LNovember 1, 19833–6 @ New York Islanders (1983–84) 5–7–1
14LNovember 4, 19834–5 OT @ Washington Capitals (1983–84) 5–8–1
15WNovember 5, 19833–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1983–84) 6–8–1
16LNovember 9, 19832–7 Winnipeg Jets (1983–84) 6–9–1
17WNovember 11, 19834–2 Winnipeg Jets (1983–84) 7–9–1
18WNovember 13, 19834–3 Montreal Canadiens (1983–84) 8–9–1
19LNovember 16, 19832–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1983–84) 8–10–1
20LNovember 18, 19832–5 Los Angeles Kings (1983–84) 8–11–1
21WNovember 20, 19838–3 Los Angeles Kings (1983–84) 9–11–1
22WNovember 23, 19834–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1983–84) 10–11–1
23LNovember 26, 19834–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1983–84) 10–12–1
24TNovember 28, 19833–3 OT @ New York Rangers (1983–84) 10–12–2
25WNovember 30, 19836–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1983–84) 11–12–2
26LDecember 1, 19831–7 @ Boston Bruins (1983–84) 11–13–2
27TDecember 3, 19835–5 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1983–84) 11–13–3
28LDecember 6, 19832–5 New York Islanders (1983–84) 11–14–3
29LDecember 7, 19834–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1983–84) 11–15–3
30WDecember 10, 19833–2 Edmonton Oilers (1983–84) 12–15–3
31WDecember 13, 19836–2 Quebec Nordiques (1983–84) 13–15–3
32WDecember 16, 19835–3 Calgary Flames (1983–84) 14–15–3
33LDecember 18, 19832–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1983–84) 14–16–3
34LDecember 20, 19834–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1983–84) 14–17–3
35WDecember 21, 19839–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1983–84) 15–17–3
36LDecember 26, 19834–5 OT Los Angeles Kings (1983–84) 15–18–3
37LDecember 28, 19832–4 Edmonton Oilers (1983–84) 15–19–3
38LDecember 30, 19831–5 @ Calgary Flames (1983–84) 15–20–3
39TDecember 31, 19835–5 OT Boston Bruins (1983–84) 15–20–4
40WJanuary 3, 19844–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1983–84) 16–20–4
41TJanuary 4, 19843–3 OT @ Los Angeles Kings (1983–84) 16–20–5
42LJanuary 7, 19840–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1983–84) 16–21–5
43LJanuary 8, 19840–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1983–84) 16–22–5
44LJanuary 10, 19840–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1983–84) 16–23–5
45LJanuary 13, 19844–6 Washington Capitals (1983–84) 16–24–5
46WJanuary 15, 19845–0 Hartford Whalers (1983–84) 17–24–5
47LJanuary 17, 19841–5 Buffalo Sabres (1983–84) 17–25–5
48LJanuary 18, 19845–7 @ Edmonton Oilers (1983–84) 17–26–5
49TJanuary 20, 19846–6 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1983–84) 17–26–6
50LJanuary 22, 19844–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1983–84) 17–27–6
51LJanuary 25, 19844–6 Edmonton Oilers (1983–84) 17–28–6
52WJanuary 27, 19844–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1983–84) 18–28–6
53WJanuary 29, 19843–2 New Jersey Devils (1983–84) 19–28–6
54LFebruary 2, 19842–4 @ Los Angeles Kings (1983–84) 19–29–6
55LFebruary 4, 19844–5 New York Rangers (1983–84) 19–30–6
56LFebruary 5, 19842–4 @ Calgary Flames (1983–84) 19–31–6
57WFebruary 7, 19844–2 @ Quebec Nordiques (1983–84) 20–31–6
58WFebruary 9, 19847–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1983–84) 21–31–6
59LFebruary 11, 19844–6 @ New York Islanders (1983–84) 21–32–6
60WFebruary 12, 19846–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1983–84) 22–32–6
61LFebruary 17, 19841–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1983–84) 22–33–6
62WFebruary 19, 19845–2 Calgary Flames (1983–84) 23–33–6
63LFebruary 21, 19842–5 Boston Bruins (1983–84) 23–34–6
64LFebruary 23, 19842–3 OT @ Calgary Flames (1983–84) 23–35–6
65WFebruary 24, 19845–3 Los Angeles Kings (1983–84) 24–35–6
66TFebruary 26, 19844–4 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1983–84) 24–35–7
67WFebruary 28, 19843–2 @ Washington Capitals (1983–84) 25–35–7
68WFebruary 29, 19849–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1983–84) 26–35–7
69LMarch 2, 19842–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1983–84) 26–36–7
70WMarch 4, 19845–4 @ New York Rangers (1983–84) 27–36–7
71WMarch 7, 19844–3 Winnipeg Jets (1983–84) 28–36–7
72WMarch 9, 19844–3 OT Chicago Black Hawks (1983–84) 29–36–7
73LMarch 11, 19842–12 @ Edmonton Oilers (1983–84) 29–37–7
74WMarch 13, 19844–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1983–84) 30–37–7
75LMarch 17, 19842–5 Buffalo Sabres (1983–84) 30–38–7
76LMarch 20, 19843–6 Detroit Red Wings (1983–84) 30–39–7
77WMarch 23, 19844–3 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1983–84) 31–39–7
78TMarch 25, 19844–4 OT Calgary Flames (1983–84) 31–39–8
79WMarch 28, 19845–1 Winnipeg Jets (1983–84) 32–39–8
80TMarch 30, 19843–3 OT Minnesota North Stars (1983–84) 32–39–9

PlayoffsEdit

This series between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks followed a similar script as in 1983.

The Flames won the first two games at the Saddledome by 4-2 and 5-3 scores before the series shifted to Vancouver. In the third game, Doug Halward became the fifth defenseman ever to register a playoff hat-trick (and the first Canuck player to do so) as the Canucks thrashed the Flames 7-0; Brodeur got the shutout. Game Four was a one-sided affair in favour of the Flames in which Paul Reinhart became the sixth defenseman to record a playoff hat-trick. 5-1 was the score.

Player statsEdit

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

RosterEdit

Draft picksEdit

Farm teamsEdit

Game AdsEdit

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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