The Vancouver Canucks Missing Identity

December 11th, 2009 by Larry Johnson Leave a reply »
Photo credit: Missing Identity by Anangelia Thompson Written by: Larry "The Nucks IceMan" Johnson I have been thinking about this for awhile now as I look around the league, quickly allowing the other team’s picture in my mind, and draw up an image of what they represent. Then I stop on the home team and the one thing that is truly glaring about the Vancouver Canucks for me is their lack of identity. Let me explain.

When you speak about teams like the Washington Capitals, you think of O.V. and the talent that surrounds him at forward and on defense. The San Jose Sharks conjure up images of size, talent, and speed. The Pittsburgh Penguins and “Sid the Kid”, their dynamic young leader, who helped lead them to a Stanley Cup.

The Montreal Canadiens of years gone by were a superior skating team, with a proud tradition backed by winners of 24 Stanley Cups. The current Chicago Blackhawks have youth, talent, speed, size, toughness, and the list goes on.

When we think back about the Canucks of years gone by, we remember the Pat Quinn Canucks, who had a little bit of everything. Size, toughness, scoring, goaltending, and let’s not forget, a player ...

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