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85-86VanCan
1985–86 Vancouver Canucks · NHL
Division 4th Smythe (5 teams)
Conference 8th Campbell (10 teams)
1985–86 record 23–44–13 (59 points)
Goals for 282
Goals against 333
General Manager Jack Gordon
Coach Tom Watt
Captain Stan Smyl
Alternate captains Doug Halward
Rick Lanz
Tony Tanti
Arena Pacific Coliseum
Average attendance 10,446
Team leaders
Goals Tony Tanti (39)
Assists Patrik Sundstrom (48)
Points Petri Skriko (78)
Penalties in minutes Garth Butcher (188)
Wins Richard Brodeur (19)
Goals against average Wendell Young (3.58)

Off-seasonEdit

Changes were the order of the day after a disastrous 1984-85 campaign. Gone were Vice-President, General Manager, and Head Coach Harry Neale and Associate Coach Ron Smith. Assistant GM Jack Gordon was promoted to GM and Director of Hockey Operations and 1982 Jack Adams Trophy winner Tom Watt was brought in to coach. The team would undergo a cosmetic change as well, altering their jerseys so that the big "V" on the front was replaced by the team logo, while smaller "V"s appeared on the shoulders.

In the Entry Draft, the Canucks took 6'3" right-winger Jim Sandlak with the fourth overall pick. He would play 23 games for the team in the season, collecting four points.

Regular seasonEdit

Stan Smyl became the first Canuck to reach the 200-goal plateau on November 22 in a 6-5 loss to New Jersey. Richard Brodeur would earn team MVP honours, appearing in a career-high 64 games and keeping the Canucks in many games they had no business being in. On February 28, he registered his 100th win as a Canuck in a 3-1 decision over Philadelphia. Sophomore Petri Skriko earned career high marks in goals (38) and points (78). His point total led the team but he trailed Tony Tanti by one in the goal department.

Otherwise, the only thing to keep fan interest was the three-way turtle derby between the Canucks, Jets, and Kings for the final two playoff spots in the Smythe Division. After a dreadful 20-game stretch in which they went 1-13-6 to drop to 20th overall in the NHL (ahead of only a woeful Detroit squad), the Canucks went 5-4-1 in their last ten to finish tied with Winnipeg for third place in the Smythe with 59 points, while Los Angeles was out with 54. On the basis of winning more games (26-23), the Jets claimed third place, while the Canucks drew fourth and a first-round date with Edmonton.

Final standingsEdit

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Edmonton Oilers 80 56 17 7 426 310 119
Calgary Flames 80 40 31 9 354 315 89
Winnipeg Jets 80 26 47 7 295 372 59
Vancouver Canucks 80 23 44 13 282 333 59
Los Angeles Kings 80 23 49 8 284 389 54

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 10, 19856–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 1–0–0
2LOctober 12, 19853–4 St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 1–1–0
3WOctober 14, 19854–2 New York Islanders (1985–86) 2–1–0
4TOctober 16, 19853–3 OT Boston Bruins (1985–86) 2–1–1
5WOctober 18, 19855–4 Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 3–1–1
6LOctober 20, 19853–4 @ New York Rangers (1985–86) 3–2–1
7TOctober 22, 19852–2 OT @ New York Islanders (1985–86) 3–2–2
8WOctober 23, 19855–0 @ Detroit Red Wings (1985–86) 4–2–2
9LOctober 25, 19854–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 4–3–2
10LOctober 27, 19854–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1985–86) 4–4–2
11WOctober 30, 19855–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 5–4–2
12WNovember 2, 19856–2 Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 6–4–2
13LNovember 5, 19854–6 Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 6–5–2
14LNovember 8, 19850–13 @ Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 6–6–2
15WNovember 9, 19857–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 7–6–2
16WNovember 11, 19855–0 Detroit Red Wings (1985–86) 8–6–2
17LNovember 13, 19853–6 Pittsburgh Penguins (1985–86) 8–7–2
18LNovember 15, 19853–5 @ Washington Capitals (1985–86) 8–8–2
19LNovember 16, 19855–6 OT @ St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 8–9–2
20WNovember 19, 19857–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1985–86) 9–9–2
21LNovember 20, 19850–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 9–10–2
22LNovember 22, 19855–6 New Jersey Devils (1985–86) 9–11–2
23LNovember 26, 19853–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 9–12–2
24TNovember 27, 19855–5 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 9–12–3
25LNovember 29, 19854–5 Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 9–13–3
26LDecember 2, 19850–7 @ Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 9–14–3
27LDecember 4, 19854–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1985–86) 9–15–3
28LDecember 6, 19851–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1985–86) 9–16–3
29LDecember 7, 19851–2 @ Washington Capitals (1985–86) 9–17–3
30LDecember 11, 19853–6 Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 9–18–3
31WDecember 14, 19854–3 Calgary Flames (1985–86) 10–18–3
32LDecember 15, 19853–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 10–19–3
33TDecember 17, 19854–4 OT Washington Capitals (1985–86) 10–19–4
34WDecember 20, 19855–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 11–19–4
35WDecember 21, 19856–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 12–19–4
36WDecember 23, 19855–3 Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 13–19–4
37LDecember 27, 19851–6 Philadelphia Flyers (1985–86) 13–20–4
38LDecember 29, 19853–5 Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 13–21–4
39LJanuary 2, 19862–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 13–22–4
40LJanuary 5, 19860–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 13–23–4
41TJanuary 7, 19862–2 OT @ Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 13–23–5
42LJanuary 9, 19864–5 OT @ Calgary Flames (1985–86) 13–24–5
43LJanuary 10, 19863–4 Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 13–25–5
44LJanuary 14, 19861–2 New York Rangers (1985–86) 13–26–5
45LJanuary 17, 19867–9 Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 13–27–5
46TJanuary 18, 19864–4 OT @ Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 13–27–6
47WJanuary 21, 19865–3 New Jersey Devils (1985–86) 14–27–6
48WJanuary 24, 19864–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1985–86) 15–27–6
49TJanuary 29, 19864–4 OT Calgary Flames (1985–86) 15–27–7
50WJanuary 31, 198610–5 Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 16–27–7
51WFebruary 7, 19865–2 Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 17–27–7
52TFebruary 9, 19863–3 OT Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 17–27–8
53LFebruary 11, 19860–1 @ New York Islanders (1985–86) 17–28–8
54LFebruary 12, 19862–5 @ New York Rangers (1985–86) 17–29–8
55LFebruary 15, 19864–9 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1985–86) 17–30–8
56TFebruary 16, 19864–4 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 17–30–9
57LFebruary 18, 19864–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 17–31–9
58LFebruary 21, 19860–4 Calgary Flames (1985–86) 17–32–9
59LFebruary 23, 19861–6 Boston Bruins (1985–86) 17–33–9
60LFebruary 26, 19862–4 Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 17–34–9
61WFebruary 28, 19863–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1985–86) 18–34–9
62LMarch 1, 19862–3 @ Calgary Flames (1985–86) 18–35–9
63LMarch 4, 19862–6 Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 18–36–9
64TMarch 6, 19865–5 OT Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 18–36–10
65LMarch 8, 19863–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 18–37–10
66TMarch 11, 19861–1 OT @ Quebec Nordiques (1985–86) 18–37–11
67LMarch 12, 19862–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 18–38–11
68TMarch 15, 19861–1 OT @ Boston Bruins (1985–86) 18–38–12
69LMarch 16, 19864–5 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 18–39–12
70LMarch 19, 19863–4 Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 18–40–12
71TMarch 21, 19865–5 OT @ Calgary Flames (1985–86) 18–40–13
72WMarch 22, 19866–2 Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 19–40–13
73LMarch 24, 19864–8 @ Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 19–41–13
74WMarch 26, 19867–6 Quebec Nordiques (1985–86) 20–41–13
75WMarch 28, 19862–1 OT Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 21–41–13
76WMarch 30, 19864–2 Calgary Flames (1985–86) 22–41–13
77LApril 1, 19865–6 @ Calgary Flames (1985–86) 22–42–13
78LApril 2, 19864–8 @ Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 22–43–13
79WApril 5, 19865–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 23–43–13
80LApril 6, 19862–3 Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 23–44–13

PlayoffsEdit

The first-round series between the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks was quick and painless. Though Thomas Gradin scored a fluky goal to give the Canucks a 2-1 lead early in the second period of Game One, the Oilers then scored six in a row and won by a 7-3 score. They completed the much-expected sweep with a pair of easy 5-1 victories. In his autobiography, Wayne Gretzky would attribute the Oilers’ second-round loss to Calgary to the fact that the victory over Vancouver was so easy that it did not seem like they were in the playoffs yet. The Vancouver fans did not help enhance the playoff atmosphere any, as fewer than 8,000 (many of whom were clad in blue and orange) showed up for Game Three. It was a worthy reflection of the condition to which the franchise had sunken.

Player statsEdit

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

RosterEdit

Draft picksEdit

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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