The Ring of Honour initiative will launch this season and is intended to celebrate and salute Canuck heroes who have made a lasting impact on the franchise.
This on-going initiative will see four members inducted this season beginning on Tuesday, October 26th when the Canucks host the Colorado Avalanche.
The first inductee in to the Ring of Honour will be the Canucks first captain, former Head Coach and an active member of the Canucks alumni for over 40 years, Orland Kurtenbach. Each Ring of Honour Night will include an on-ice presentation, a video tribute and the unveiling of a permanent in-arena display.
The remaining three dates and inductees for the Ring of Honour will be announced as the season progresses.
ORLAND KURTENBACH: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26
Kurtenbach played for the Western Hockey League Canucks in the late 1950s before beginning his 13 year NHL career. He concluded his career in Vancouver as the Canucks captain for their first four seasons and later went on to be Vancouver’s Head Coach for two seasons. The First | The first captain | Frozen moments
KIRK McLEAN: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Kirk McLean played over 10 seasons in a 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 during the Canucks 1994 playoff run, McLean posted 15 wins and four shutouts through 24 games. Captain Kirk | The Save | Frozen moments
THOMAS GRADIN: MONDAY, JANUARY 24
One of Vancouver’s first European-born players, Gradin played eight of his nine NHL seasons in a Canucks uniform from 1978.79 to 1985.86. He finished second in scoring in his rookie season, recording 51 points (20-31-51) in 76 regular season games.
Gradin chosen | Forever a Canuck
HAROLD SNEPSTS: MONDAY, MARCH 14
Snepsts wore a Canucks uniform for 12 seasons from 1974-75 to 1983-84 and again from 1988-89 to 1989-90. Adored by fans for a hard-working, physical style of play, Snepsts completed his career with Vancouver having recorded the most games played (781) and most penalty minutes (1,446) in franchise history. Snepsts to be honoured | A chosen one