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97-98VanCan
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)

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.





OffseasonEdit

NHL DraftEdit

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

Regular seasonEdit

All-Star GameEdit

NHL AllStar 1998

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

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 standingsEdit

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 logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 3, 19973–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim* (1997–98) 1–0–0
2LOctober 4, 19972–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim* (1997–98) 1–1–0
3TOctober 9, 19972–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 1–1–1
4LOctober 11, 19973–6 New York Rangers (1997–98) 1–2–1
5WOctober 13, 19973–0 Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 2–2–1
6LOctober 17, 19970–2 Boston Bruins (1997–98) 2–3–1
7TOctober 19, 19974–4 OT Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 2–3–2
8WOctober 21, 19975–1 @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 3–3–2
9LOctober 23, 19971–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 3–4–2
10LOctober 25, 19972–3 OT Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 3–5–2
11LOctober 26, 19971–5 Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 3–6–2
12LOctober 29, 19970–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 3–7–2
13LOctober 30, 19971–8 @ New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 3–8–2
14LNovember 1, 19976–7 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1997–98) 3–9–2
15LNovember 3, 19973–5 @ Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 3–10–2
16LNovember 4, 19971–2 @ Washington Capitals (1997–98) 3–11–2
17LNovember 8, 19972–3 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 3–12–2
18LNovember 11, 19972–8 @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 3–13–2
19WNovember 12, 19975–2 @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 4–13–2
20TNovember 14, 19973–3 OT @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 4–13–3
21WNovember 16, 19974–1 Carolina Hurricanes (1997–98) 5–13–3
22WNovember 20, 19974–2 Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 6–13–3
23LNovember 22, 19974–5 OT Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 6–14–3
24WNovember 25, 19974–2 @ New York Rangers (1997–98) 7–14–3
25WNovember 28, 19975–2 @ Boston Bruins (1997–98) 8–14–3
26WNovember 29, 19974–2 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 9–14–3
27TDecember 1, 19973–3 OT Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 9–14–4
28LDecember 4, 19972–3 San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 9–15–4
29LDecember 6, 19974–6 @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 9–16–4
30LDecember 8, 19971–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 9–17–4
31LDecember 9, 19975–7 @ Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 9–18–4
32LDecember 13, 19972–5 Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 9–19–4
33WDecember 15, 19977–0 Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 10–19–4
34WDecember 17, 19975–1 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 11–19–4
35TDecember 18, 19970–0 OT @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 11–19–5
36LDecember 20, 19970–5 Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 11–20–5
37LDecember 23, 19971–3 Dallas Stars (1997–98) 11–21–5
38TDecember 27, 19973–3 OT @ Dallas Stars (1997–98) 11–21–6
39LDecember 29, 19972–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 11–22–6
40LDecember 31, 19970–8 Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 11–23–6
41LJanuary 3, 19982–4 Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 11–24–6
42WJanuary 5, 19983–2 Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 12–24–6
43LJanuary 7, 19982–3 St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 12–25–6
44TJanuary 8, 19984–4 OT @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 12–25–7
45TJanuary 10, 19982–2 OT Florida Panthers (1997–98) 12–25–8
46LJanuary 12, 19982–3 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1997–98) 12–26–8
47LJanuary 14, 19980–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1997–98) 12–27–8
48LJanuary 15, 19982–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 12–28–8
49LJanuary 21, 19981–6 Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 12–29–8
50LJanuary 24, 19982–5 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 12–30–8
51LJanuary 26, 19982–4 @ Phoenix Coyotes (1997–98) 12–31–8
52LJanuary 28, 19981–6 @ Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 12–32–8
53WJanuary 30, 19983–1 New Jersey Devils (1997–98) 13–32–8
54WJanuary 31, 19986–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 14–32–8
55LFebruary 2, 19981–2 Colorado Avalanche (1997–98) 14–33–8
56WFebruary 6, 19985–4 Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 15–33–8
57WFebruary 7, 19986–3 San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 16–33–8
58WFebruary 25, 19985–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1997–98) 17–33–8
59TFebruary 27, 19984–4 OT @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 17–33–9
60WFebruary 28, 19986–4 Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 18–33–9
61TMarch 2, 19982–2 OT @ Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 18–33–10
62LMarch 5, 19982–6 Calgary Flames (1997–98) 18–34–10
63WMarch 7, 19985–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 19–34–10
64LMarch 9, 19980–4 St. Louis Blues (1997–98) 19–35–10
65TMarch 11, 19982–2 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1997–98) 19–35–11
66LMarch 12, 19982–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1997–98) 19–36–11
67WMarch 14, 19986–2 @ New York Islanders (1997–98) 20–36–11
68WMarch 17, 19984–2 @ Florida Panthers (1997–98) 21–36–11
69LMarch 18, 19982–4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1997–98) 21–37–11
70TMarch 20, 19981–1 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1997–98) 21–37–12
71TMarch 21, 19981–1 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 21–37–13
72WMarch 24, 19984–3 New York Islanders (1997–98) 22–37–13
73LMarch 26, 19982–5 Buffalo Sabres (1997–98) 22–38–13
74LMarch 28, 19982–3 Washington Capitals (1997–98) 22–39–13
75WApril 1, 19984–2 Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 23–39–13
76WApril 4, 19985–3 Dallas Stars (1997–98) 24–39–13
77LApril 6, 19982–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1997–98) 24–40–13
78WApril 9, 19986–3 @ Calgary Flames (1997–98) 25–40–13
79TApril 11, 19981–1 OT @ San Jose Sharks (1997–98) 25–40–14
80LApril 15, 19980–2 Los Angeles Kings (1997–98) 25–41–14
81LApril 17, 19982–4 Calgary Flames (1997–98) 25–42–14
82LApril 19, 19981–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1997–98) 25–43–14

* At Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan

Player statsEdit

ForwardsEdit

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

DefencemenEdit

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

GoaltendingEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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