Kirk McLean inducted into Vancouver Canucks Ring of Honour
Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks celebrated Kirk McLean Ring of Honour Night, presented by PlayNow.com, throughout the night’s game between the Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche. Kirk McLean became the second member of the Ring of Honour, joining Orland Kurtenbach, during a pre-game ceremony at Rogers Arena prior to Vancouver’s game versus Colorado.
Kirk McLean’s Ring of Honour Night featured an on-ice presentation, a video tribute and the unveiling of a permanent in-arena display. Each fan in attendance received a commemorative Kirk McLean pin as a keepsake from the memorable celebration of one of the franchise’s icons.
Kirk McLean played over 10 seasons in a Vancouver Canucks uniform from 1987-88 to 1997-98, setting regular season and playoff franchise records for games played, wins and shutouts. Revered for his contributions in goal during the Canucks 1994 playoff run, McLean posted 15 wins and four shutouts through 24 games, helping lead Vancouver to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
McLean holds the all-time regular season franchise record for games played (516) and wins (211). His career postseason numbers rank first all-time in wins (34), games played (68) and shutouts (6). McLean also holds franchise leading, single-season playoff records with 15 wins, four shutouts and 1,544 minutes played (1994 playoffs). McLean was twice nominated for the Vezina Trophy as a Vancouver Canuck and represented the club at the 1990 and 1992 NHL All-Star Games.
During an NHL career spanning 16 seasons with five different teams (New Jersey, Vancouver, Carolina, Florida, New York Rangers), McLean played a total of 612 career games posting a 245-262-72 record. The Willowdale, Ontario native was originally drafted in the 6th round, 107th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. McLean currently works as Goaltending Consultant for the Colorado Avalanche and was appointed to the position in the summer of 2010.
The Ring of Honour tradition launched this season celebrates and salutes Canucks heroes who have made a lasting impact on the franchise. A total of four members will be inducted this season with two remaining inductees still to be announced. The next Ring of Honour inductee will be announced in January. Ring of Honour candidates are selected by an advisory committee including former player and current Senior Advisor to the General Manager, Stan Smyl, Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster, Jim Robson and former Canucks staff member of over 30 years, Norm Jewison.
Further information about the Ring of Honour and the Canucks 40th Anniversary season can be found at canucks.com/40th.