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20 years later...

Wednesday, 20.06.2012 / 1:45 PM / Features
By Tyson Giuriato
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20 years later...

June 20, 1992. Billy Ray Cyrus was at the top of the Billboard charts with his album, Some Gave All.

The soon to be World Series Champion Toronto Blue Jays won their 41st game of the season, a 6-1 victory in Kansas City.

Batman Returns, starring Michael Keaton, was on day two of its record-breaking weekend, the highest opening of any film at the time.

In Montreal, Quebec, history was being made as European born players were drafted 1st and 2nd overall at the NHL Entry Draft, marking the first time this feat had happened. The expansion Tampa Bay Lightning selected Roman Hamrlik with the first pick before the Ottawa Senators grabbed Alexi Yashin second overall. Eleven of the twenty-four first round picks were European, a record that would not be broken until 1999.

The Canucks didn’t hit a home run in the first round, but did find valuable players later in the draft who had lengthy careers.

revisiting the 1992 draft on its 20th anniversary date
ROUND NAME POS DRAFTED FROM
round 1, 21st overall libor polasek rw hc vitkovice (czech)
Not only was Polasek (pictured above with Pat Quinn) big at 6-foot-4 and 225-pounds, but scouts and the Canucks brass expected big things out of him. All were disappointed. Polasek spent three seasons in the Canucks farm system, but never made the jump to the NHL. He only scored 20 goals in those three seasons and went back to the Czech Republic in 1995 and retired in 2007 after playing 12 seasons in Europe.
round 2, 40th overall mike peca C ottawa 67's (ohl)
Although Peca only played 37 games in a Canucks uniform, he will be most remembered for two things during his time in Vancouver: this hit on Winnipeg Jets superstar Teemu Selanne, that resulted in Jets tough guy Tie Domi infamously yelling to the Canucks bench, “Don’t dress (Pavel) Bure next game." Peca will also be remembered for being the center piece in the trade with Buffalo to bring Alexander Mogilny to Vancouver. Peca would go on to play 864 games in the NHL with six teams (Canucks, Sabres, Islanders, Oilers, Maple Leafs, and Blue Jackets); he developed into one of the games best two-way centers that could consistently put up 40-plus points. You can now find Peca on television without hockey gear, as he works at TSN as an NHL analyst.
round 2, 41st overall mike fountain g oshawa generals (ohl)
Fountain was expected to replace the aging Kirk McLean between the Canucks pipes one day. After three seasons as a starting goalie in the AHL – which he started an average of 62 games per season – he finally got his crack with the Canucks during the 1996-97 season. In his first start Fountain stopped all 40 shots he faced, and became the 19th goalie in NHL history to record a shutout in their first game, blanking the New Jersey Devils 3-0. He appeared in six games that season, which was all he would suit up for with the Canucks. Fountain would go onto play in five more games in the NHL with Carolina and Ottawa, before traveling overseas to finish his career.
round 3, 69th overall jeff connolly C st. sebastians (us-hs)
After a successful season at Boston College where Connolly put up 18 points in 22 games, he left school and joined the Seattle Thunderbirds the following season. Connolly only played nine games in Seattle before taking his talents to the ECHL. He would play in the ECHL until 2002, never appearing in an NHL game. He now serves as a coach with Boston Advantage Hockey Club.
round 4, 93rd overall brent Tully d peterborough petes (OHL)
The two time gold medalist for Canada at the World Juniors – Tully was a tournament all-star in 1993, and captained the 1994 team – played three seasons for the Canucks AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. After the 1996-97 season, Tully went overseas to play professionally in the DEL, where he would stay until 2002. He currently is the assistant general manager of the Cobourg Cougars, a Junior “A” team in the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
round 5, 110th overall brian loney rw ohio state university (NCAA)
Loney could score at any level of hockey he played at, including the NHL. However he only got the chance to play 12 games in the NHL, recording five points (2-3-5). After being named NCAA rookie of the year at Ohio State where he recorded 55 points (21-34-55) in 37 games, along with 109 penalty minutes, he spent one season with the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL, and then embarked on a four year career with the Canucks AHL affiliates, amassing 185 points (94-91-185) in 261 games. He played all 12 of his NHL games in a Canucks uniform, before heading over to Europe in 1997, where he played until 2004.
round 5, 117th overall adrian aucoin D boston university (NCAA)
Aucoin still applies his trade - and big slap shot - with the Phoenix Coyotes as the only 1992 Canucks draftee remaining in the NHL. Aucoin played 341 games for the Canucks, having his best season in Vancouver in 1998-99 recording 23 goals and 34 points. His 23 goals that season led all defenseman in the NHL, including 18 coming on the powerplay, which tied Denis Potvin for the NHL single-season record for most powerplay goals by a blueliner (record was broken in 2007 by Sheldon Souray). Aucoin was traded by the Canucks to Tampa Bay with a 2nd round pick for goaltender Dan Cloutier. He has posted 30+ points six times in his career.
round 6, 141st overall jason clark c St. thomas stars (MOJHL)
After being selected by the Canucks, Clark embarked on a four year NCAA career at Bowling Green State University where he had great success. Upon turning pro, Clark played 11 games with the Canuck’s AHL affiliate, Syracuse Crunch, but was demoted to the ECHL where he spent two seasons before heading over to Europe. Clark returned to North America and played four seasons in an Ontario Senior “A” hockey league. Clark also played three games with the now defunct Vancouver Voodoo roller hockey team in 1996. Clark currently is the Program Director for Xcelerate Hockey in Belmont, Ontario.
round 7, 165th overall scott hollis rw oshawa generals (OHL)
Hollis had an outstanding career with Oshawa in the OHL, posting 270 points (124-146-270) in 244 games. After junior he spent 12 seasons playing professionally in North America in the AHL, ECHL, IHL, and UHL. He also had a one year stint in the DEL in 1999-00.
round 9, 213th overall sonny mignacca g medicine hat tigers (WHL)
Mignacca won the WHL MVP award in 1993-94 with Medicine Hat and the following season played 19 games with the Canucks AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. He was sent down to the ECHL during the 1995-96 season, where he would spend the next 2 years before playing two seasons in England. Mignacca now serves as the goaltending coach with the Winnipeg Blues in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
round 10, 237th overall mark wotton D saskatoon blades (WHL)
Wotton had a great career with Saskatoon in the WHL, one season posting a staggering +66 plus/minus in 65 games. He turned pro with the Canucks AHL affiliate in Syracuse in 1994-95, where his 45 points earned him a call-up to Vancouver late in the season that saw him appear in one regular season game and five post-season games. Wotton would spend the next four seasons as the captain of Syracuse, while also appearing in 41 games for the Canucks. He would then spend five seasons in the Dallas Stars organization before playing one season in Russia. Wotton spent five seasons as captain of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, before retiring in 2011.
round 11, 261st overall aAron both D spokane cheifs (WHL)
The Canucks liked the toughness Boh brought to his game; he amassed 209 penalty minutes in 55 games in 1992 with Spokane in the WHL. However, Boh would never make the jump to the NHL, and only played 12 games in the AHL, spending twelve seasons playing in nine different leagues for twenty different teams.