Vancouver Canucks Best Players of All Time

Brandon McNally

The Vancouver Canucks are a beloved franchise in the city of Vancouver, having been part of the National Hockey League since 1970. Representing Canada’s westernmost province with distinction and class, this team has seen its share of highs and lows over the years on their quest to bring home hockey’s ultimate prize: The Stanley Cup. Led by head coach Bruce Boudreau and president Jim Rutherford as well as general manager Patrik Allvin, they have steadily built up an impressive roster that is capable of competing for top honours each season. With passionate fans cheering them on every step along their journey, it’s no wonder why people around North America love watching this exciting team take to the ice.

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1. Henrik Sedin


Henrik Sedin

Henrik Sedin is a two-time winner of the NHL's Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player. Henrik Sedin has been a key part of Vancouver Canucks teams that have made appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals three times, but they have yet to win it all.

He played for Sweden at both the World Championships and Olympics, winning silver medals at both tournaments. Injuries limited him to 54 games in 2017-18 season and he announced his retirement from professional hockey on 30 April 2019 after 17 seasons with Vancouver Canucks organization Henrik Sedin was one of the most gifted players in the NHL for a decade.

He was drafted third overall by the Vancouver Canucks and became an integral part of their team, winning multiple awards and accolades along the way. In 2018, he announced his retirement from professional hockey after 18 seasons.

2. Daniel Sedin

Left wing

Daniel Sedin Career

  • Modo Hockey
  • Vancouver Canucks
  • NHL Draft: 2nd overall, 1999
  • Vancouver Canucks

Daniel Sedin is a 6'1" tall Swedish hockey player who has played for the Vancouver Canucks since 2002. 

He was drafted by the Canucks in the first round, 22nd overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and has been a perennial All-Star and Selke Trophy nominee with them over that time period.

In 2012 he won his third Art Ross Trophy as the league's top scorer while also being named to his fourth consecutive All-Star team. Sedin holds numerous Canucks records including most goals (374), assists (731) and points (1,033). 

On 14 July 2018 it was announced that Daniel Sedin had signed an 8 year contract extension with Vancouver worth $64 million ($8 million per season).

This makes him one of only four players ever to sign an eight year contract worth more than $10 million per season in modern-day NHL history. 

As well as playing for Team Sweden at various international championships throughout his career, Daniel Sedin served as captain of their national team from 2011 until his retirement following Euro 2016 tournament play where they went undefeated en route to winning gold medal.

Also Played For: 2014–15 nhl season, 2010–11 nhl season

3. Elias Pettersson


Elias Pettersson Career

  • NHL team: Vancouver Canucks
  • Former teams: Växjö Lakers
  • National team: Sweden
  • NHL Draft: 5th overall, 2017
  • Vancouver Canucks

Elias Pettersson is a 24-year-old Swedish player who has played for both Frolunda and Växjö in the SHL. His skating ability has been praised by many, with scouts noting that he possesses good speed and acceleration.

In his rookie season in 2018–19, Pettersson scored 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points in 46 games played. 

He was named to the 2019 Allsvenskan Second Team following his impressive showing during the playoffs where he scored 5 goals and 7 assists for 12 points in 13 games played.

As of May 2019, Elias Pettersson is currently signed with HC Vita Hästen of the Swedish Elite League (SEL). 

Elias Pettersson was drafted 5th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2017 NHL Draft. The 18-year-old center has been playing with Växjö Lakers of Sweden's top division, SHL, since 2015.

Elias scored 46 goals and added 58 assists for 112 points in 127 games played during his rookie season with Vaxjo Lakers in the 2016–17 campaign, earning him a nomination for the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) Rookie of the Year award alongside teammate William Nylander. 

In 71 games played this season with Vaxjo Lakers so far, he has amassed 38 goals and 54 assists for 90 points – leading all rookies in scoring .

Making him an odds-on favorite to win the SHL Rookie of the Year Award once again this year as well as being nominated for both league MVP and Scoring Champion Awards at present time.

Elias is also currently representing Sweden at World Juniors Championship 2018 where he has already recorded one goal and two assists through six games played thus far helping his team reach the second place after winning Group A behind. 

Canada only to be overtaken by Finland later on in the tournament play leaving them out of semi-finals contention altogether despite their valiant efforts throughout group stage matches up till now.

4. Markus Näslund

Left wing

Markus Näslund Career

  • 1988–89: Örnsköldsviks SK
  • 1989–90: Modo Hockey
  • 1989–90: Modo Hockey
  • 1990–91: Modo Hockey
  • 1991–92: Modo Hockey
  • 1992–93: Modo Hockey
  • 1992–93: Modo Hockey
  • 1993–94: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 1993–94: Cleveland Lumberjacks
  • 1994–95: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 1994–95: Cleveland Lumberjacks

Markus Näslund was born in 1973 and is from Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. He began his hockey career playing for Modo Hockey before moving to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks, and New York Rangers.

He represented Sweden at international level on numerous occasions including World Championships and the Olympics. In 2007, he signed a contract with HC Davos of the Swiss National League A where he played until 2013.

Since retiring as a player, Markus has become an assistant coach with MODO Hockey's junior team in Sweden and also works as a commentator for Swedish television channels during NHL games.. Markus Näslund is a retired Swedish professional ice hockey player.

He played over 1000 games in the NHL with the Penguins and was one of their most consistent players for many years. Markus Näslund was also a regular on Sweden's World Championships and Olympic teams, winning two silver medals in 2002 and 2006 respectively.

After retiring from playing, Markus became an assistant coach with IFK Goteborg before being appointed head coach of Orebro Hockey team in early 2014. 

In 2008 he married actress Sofia Helin, who starred in the Swedish version of "The Office". They have three children together - Lillie (born 2009), Oscar (2011) and Emilia (2013).

As a father-of-three, Markus now spends his time coaching his kids' sports teams as well as pursuing other interests outside of hockey including golfing and cooking.

Also Played For: world junior ice hockey championships

5. Trevor Linden


Trevor Linden

Linden is a veteran of the National Hockey League and played for the Vancouver Canucks from 2002 to 2010. He was named captain of the Canucks in 2006, and led them to victory in the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals.

Linden has also represented Canada at both international tournaments – World Championships (1998, 2003) as well as Olympic Games (2002, 2010). 

In June 2018, Trevor announced his retirement from professional hockey following 18 seasons on ice with 902 points (267 goals + 611 assists) in 1,374 games played overall.

During his tenure with Vancouver he helped lead the team to three consecutive Presidents' Trophies (2006-2008), becoming only the second player ever to win back-to-back titles as a captain after Brett Hull did it with St Louis Blues in 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons respectively. 

Linden is currently an ambassador for Special Olympics Canada where he helps raise awareness and funds for athletes living with intellectual disabilities across Canada through various events including fundraising concerts and visits to schools.

Outside of hockey Linden founded Trevor's Traveling Road Show which gives underprivileged children from near Toronto access to experiences like going skiing or skating during winter holidays; this initiative has raised over $1 million since its inception in 2009.

6. Pavel Bure

Pavel Bure Career

  • 1987–88: CSKA Moscow
  • 1988–89: CSKA Moscow
  • 1989–90: CSKA Moscow
  • 1990–91: CSKA Moscow
  • 1991–92: Vancouver Canucks
  • 1992–93: Vancouver Canucks
  • 1993–94: Vancouver Canucks
  • 1994–95: Spartak Moscow
  • 1994–95: EV Landshut

Pavel Bure was a prolific goal scorer in the NHL, and is widely considered one of the greatest players to ever play the game. After playing for several teams in Russia and Europe, Bure joined the Vancouver Canucks in 1989.

He quickly became a fan favorite due to his scoring ability and fearless play on ice. Following stints with Spartak Moscow, EV Landshut, and Florida Panthers, Bure returned to Vancouver as an all-star player in 1997. He retired from hockey following that season.

Pavel Bure was inducted into both the Hockey Hall of Fame (2012) and Russian Hockey Hall of Fame (2008). In addition, he has also been awarded numerous other accolades including being named Canada's Greatest Male Athlete of All Time by Sports Illustrated magazine (2005).

Outside of hockey, Pavel has worked as a television commentator for many sporting events across North America and Europe over the years since retiring from professional hockey competition. 

As one half of MTV's popular show The Real World: San Diego alongside cast mate Tony Vlachos,[3] Pavel continues to be involved in promoting healthy living through his work with various charities around the world.

Pavel Vladimirovich Bure ("Pasha" or "Bury")[1][2] born March 31 , 1971 [age 51 ] is a former Russian professional ice hockey right winger who played 17 seasons in National Hockey League . 

Known primarily for his shooting ability left hand , he ranks fourth all time among active NHL players with 526 goals.

Also Played For: stanley cup, florida panthers

7. Bo Horvat


Bo Horvat

Horvat was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, 33rd overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Horvat has spent his entire professional career with the Canucks organization and has appeared in over 200 games scoring 39 goals and 101 assists for 149 points.

Horvat is a versatile forward who can play on either wing and contribute offensively both at even strength and on the powerplay. He also possesses good hockey sense and defensive instincts which have helped him become an effective two-way player. 

In 2017-18, Horvat led all forwards in ice time (24:14) while posting a team-high 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists).

He was also named to participate in Canada's World Cup of Hockey roster but did not appear in any games as they were eliminated early from tournament play. 

 Horvat will be joining Team Canada at this year's IIHF World Championship where he is expected to add some much needed offense to their lineup after finishing fourth among regular Canadians with 25 points (11 goals, 16 assists) during qualifying campaign earlier this year.

8. Mattias Öhlund


Mattias Öhlund

Vancouver Canucks in 1994. After playing for Luleå HF, he joined the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2002. Sweden at numerous international tournaments, including the 2006 Winter Olympics and 2010 World Championships.

He announced his retirement from professional hockey on 26 January 2017 after 14 seasons with Tampa Bay and 579 games played. Mattias Öhlund was a Swedish ice hockey player who played professionally in Europe and North America.

Sweden at the Winter Olympics, World Championships, and World Junior Championships. He retired from professional play after 2011 due to numerous injuries sustained over his career. AIK of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). 

In 2006 he won a bronze medal with Sweden at the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy; this was his first major international tournament victory as a player or captain of Sweden's national team..

In 2009 he helped lead Finland to its first ever gold medal at the World Juniors in Ottawa, Canada – their only championship until 2018 when they regained it . NHL games since retiring from playing in 2011.

9. Ryan Kesler


Ryan Kesler

Ryan Kesler is a veteran of the NHL who has played for the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks. Kesler is known as an effective two-way player, able to score goals and play defense effectively.

He has been nominated for several awards, including the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 2009 and 2014, and the King Clancy Award in 2013. Kesler was born on August 31, 1984 in Livonia, Michigan United States.

Ryan attended Ferris State University where he excelled both offensively and defensively before being drafted by Vancouver in 2003 Kesler was drafted 23rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 2003. Kesler played his entire playing career with the Canucks, and is currently an assistant captain on the team.

Kesler has won two Stanley Cups (2010, 2011) and six division titles with Vancouver. He also represented Team USA at both the World Championships (2004, 2006) and the Olympics (2010). Kesler announced his retirement from professional hockey after 19 seasons in 2019.

10. Roberto Luongo


Roberto Luongo Career

  • Florida Panthers
  • Vancouver Canucks
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 4th overall, 1997
  • New York Islanders

Roberto Luongo is a goaltender who has been playing in the NHL since 2001. He was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 2000 and helped them to win the Stanley Cup twice (2011, 2014).

In 2017, he won his first Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalie. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2022. Roberto Luongo is a goaltender who has played for the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks and New York Islanders in his NHL career.

Roberto Luongo was drafted 4th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1997 NHL Draft. Roberto Luongo spent most of his playing career with the Islanders before moving on to play with the Florida Panthers and then finally with the Vancouver Canucks. 

Roberto Luongo has won several awards during his time in the NHL including three Vezina Trophies (2003, 2004, 2006) as well as two Calder Trophies (2007, 2010).

Roberto Luongo announced his retirement from professional hockey after appearing in all 82 games for the Vancouver Canucks this season.

11. Brock Boeser

Right winger

Brock Boeser Career

  • 2012–13: Burnsville High School
  • 2013–14: Burnsville High School
  • 2013–14: Sioux City Musketeers
  • 2014–15: Waterloo Black Hawks
  • 2015–16: University of North Dakota
  • 2016–17: University of North Dakota
  • 2016–17: Vancouver Canucks

Brock Boeser is a 25-year old forward who hails from Burnsville, Minnesota. He was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and made his professional debut with Utica Comets that same season.

In 2017, he had an impressive rookie campaign with the Canucks scoring 41 goals and 122 points in 128 games played. His production caught the eye of many hockey fans and he was awarded both Rookie of The Year and Most Valuable Player Awards for his efforts.

As we head into 2018, it's fair to say that Brock Boeser is one of the most promising young forwards in all of hockey and should continue to develop at a high level for years to come. Brock Boeser is a 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, and he has since played for the Vancouver Canucks.

He was originally drafted into hockey as a Right Wing but quickly transitioned to playing center due to his natural abilities there. Brock has developed into an elite scorer over his two-year career with Vancouver, recording at least 20 goals each season. 

His play on the ice often draws comparisons to some of history's best forwards such as Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Patrick Roy; all legends who were known for their scoring ability first and foremost.

In 2017 Brock won NHL Players' Association MVP after leading all scorers in the playoffs with 26 points in 22 games - including 10 goals - helping lead Vancouver to their first Stanley Cup victory in 34 years. 

With so much success already under his belt, we can only imagine what kind of impact Brock will have on not just professional hockey, but also society as a whole when he eventually retires.

Also Played For: nhl under 25

12. Quinn Hughes


Quinn Hughes Career

  • NHL team: Vancouver Canucks
  • National team: United States
  • NHL Draft: 7th overall, 2018
  • Vancouver Canucks

Quinn Hughes is a young American tennis player who has been making waves on the professional circuit for some time now. Hughes was born in Orlando, Florida, and began playing tennis at an early age.

He enjoys battling it out with the best players in the world and has already made a name for himself as one of the up-and-coming stars of professional tennis. 

In 2020, Quinn will be 23 years old and ready to take his game to new heights - we can't wait to see what he does next.

Quinn Hughes is a defenseman for the Vancouver Canucks organization. He was drafted seventh overall in the 2018 NHL Draft and has since made an impact with Team USA at various international tournaments. 

Hughes was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but grew up playing hockey in Victoria, British Columbia.

His father played NCAA hockey and his older brother also played professionally overseas before making it to the NHL with Tampa Bay Lightning and Carolina Hurricanes respectively. 

Hughes started playing organized hockey at age 4 and credits his parents as key influences throughout his development as a player both on and off the ice.

13. J. T. Miller


J. T. Miller Career

  • NHL team: Vancouver Canucks
  • Former teams: New York Rangers
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • NHL Draft: 15th overall, 2011
  • New York Rangers

J. T. Miller was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 3rd round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Lightning in 2016 and has since played for them, as well as stints with Detroit and Vegas.

In 2018 he signed a four-year contract extension with Tampa Bay worth $4 million per year. Miller is known for his physical play and strong offensive instincts; he has recorded over 100 points in each of his three seasons in the NHL, including 28 goals last season.

He represented Team USA at both the World Championships (2018) and Winter Olympics (2016). J.T. Miller was drafted by the Rangers in 2011 and has since made an impact with both his play on the ice and his off-ice behavior. 

He is known for being a hard worker, as well as being a skilled player who can score goals at any moment.

Miller has had some trouble staying healthy throughout his career, but he always manages to come back stronger than before. 

His passion for playing hockey is unmatched, which makes him one of the most beloved players in New York City sports history. Miller will go down as one of the all-time greatest Rangers ever, and we are excited to see what he does next in his career.

Also Played For: 2019–20 nhl season, 2017–18 nhl season

14. Kevin Bieksa


Kevin Bieksa Career

  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 151st overall, 2001
  • Vancouver Canucks

Kevin Bieksa is a veteran defenseman for the Vancouver Canucks. He has played in 902 NHL games, recording 207 points (29 goals and 158 assists). Kevin was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

After playing with them for 3 seasons, he was traded to Vancouver in 2004 as part of an eight-player deal that also involved Brian Campbell and Rickard Wallin. 

Bieksa has been an instrumental player on both sides of the ice during his career; being known as a strong two-way defender who can quarterback a power play from the blue line or provide timely offense when needed.

Injuries have slowed down Bieksa somewhat over recent years but he still provides value to Vancouver on defense, averaging 22 minutes per game over the past three seasons combined (2013 – 15). 

Outside of hockey, Kevin is heavily involved in philanthropy through his foundation “Bieksa’s Kids” which focuses on supporting youth hockey programs across Canada . The organization has raised more than $1 million since its inception in 2010.

Kevin will be looking to start 2018 off on the right foot after undergoing successful surgery to remove a tumor from his thyroid gland earlier this year and is currently rehabbing back at home before returning to training later this spring/summer.

15. Todd Bertuzzi

Right winger

Todd Bertuzzi

Todd Bertuzzi is a retired right wing who played in the NHL for 15 seasons. He was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, 18th overall, of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

His best season statistically came in 1999–2000 when he recorded 41 goals and 63 assists for 104 points in 81 games played. 

Bertuzzi signed with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent prior to the 2002–2003 season and helped them win their 11th Stanley Cup that year.

Bertuzzi then moved on to play for several other teams before retiring after playing his last game with Colorado Avalanche during the 2009–2010 season. 

In addition to his hockey career, Todd has also been involved in various business ventures including owning a restaurant chain and acting as an ambassador for numerous brands including Ford Motor Company and Nike Incorporated among others.

16. Alexander Edler


Alexander Edler Career

  • NHL team: Los Angeles Kings
  • Former teams: Vancouver Canucks
  • National team: Sweden
  • NHL Draft: 91st overall, 2004
  • Vancouver Canucks

Alexander Edler is a 36-year-old defenseman for the Vancouver Canucks. He was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2nd round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

In 2013, he signed with the Vancouver Canucks as an unrestricted free agent. Alexander Edler has played in 621 career NHL games, scoring 21 goals and 82 assists for 111 points.

He was named to Canada's 2014 Olympic team but did not play in Sochi due to injury.. Alexander Edler is a Swiss-born defenceman who has played for the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL since 2003.

Alexander Edler was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 91st overall in 2004, but only lasted one season with them before moving on to play for the Vancouver Canucks. Alexander Edler has been a key player for both teams and won two Stanley Cups with Vancouver - in 2011 and 2015.

He also represented Sweden at several international tournaments, including the World Championships and Olympic Games, where they were runners-up twice (2008 and 2012). 

In 2018, Alexander Edler announced his retirement from professional hockey after 10 seasons in North America/Europe.

Also Played For: los angeles kings

17. Alex Burrows

Right winger

Alex Burrows

Alex Burrows is a left wing who has played for the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL. He was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 2001 and spent six seasons there before being traded to Vancouver in 2009.

Burrows has also played for the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, and Phoenix Coyotes over his career. In 2015, he signed with the Canucks on a two-year contract extension worth $5 million per year.

Alex is married with three children and lives in Pincourt, Quebec with his family Alex Burrows spent his entire playing career with the Ottawa Senators. He was a consistent scorer and played an important role on the team for many years.

Alex Burrows won a Stanley Cup with the Senators in 2007 and also represented Canada at several World Championships over the course of his career. After leaving the NHL, he continued to play ball hockey professionally before retiring in 2018.

18. Sami Salo


Sami Salo

Sami Salo is a veteran defenceman with over 1000 NHL games under his belt. He has played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Calgary Flames and Nashville Predators in his career.

Salo was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round of the 1994 draft. In 2014, he signed with HC Sochi of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). 

He made an appearance for Finland at both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, where they finished 4th and 6th respectively on their respective tournaments Sami Salo retired from professional hockey following the 2017-2018 season Salo was drafted by the Ottawa Senators 239th overall in the 1996 NHL Draft.

He played for Jokerit, Vancouver Canucks, Frölunda HC and Tampa Bay Lightning before joining the Finnish National Team in 2003. 

Salo had a successful career with Ottawa, playing 737 games and scoring 158 goals and 210 assists for 380 points. After his retirement from hockey in 2015, Salo became an analyst for MTV3 Sport's coverage of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 tournament.

19. Ed Jovanovski

Ed Jovanovski Career

  • 1995–96: Florida Panthers
  • 1996–97: Florida Panthers
  • 1997–98: Florida Panthers
  • 1998–99: Florida Panthers
  • 1998–99: Vancouver Canucks
  • 1999–2000: Vancouver Canucks
  • 2000–01: Vancouver Canucks
  • 2001–02: Vancouver Canucks

Ed Jovanovski was drafted with the first overall pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers. Jovanovski has played for Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes and now with the Florida Panthers.

He is a two time All Star and helped lead Canada to gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Jovanovski has logged over 2,000 minutes in his NHL career thus far and still plays an important role on defence for the Florida Panther's team today Jovanovski played for the Florida Panthers from 1994 to 2014, scoring over 1400 points in his career.

Jovanovski was a key member of Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2005 World Championships and also represented his nation at three other ice hockey world championships - 2008, 2004 and 2002. 

He played for Team Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics where he helped Canada win their first-ever Olympic gold medal. 

Jovanovski retired from professional ice hockey following the conclusion of the 2014–15 season but remains involved with various charitable causes across North America including visits to sick children in hospitals as part of "Operation Santa".

Also Played For: windsor spitfires

20. Luke Schenn


Luke Schenn

Schenn was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the 2006 NHL Draft. He played his rookie season with the Flyers, and then spent two seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets before being traded to Los Angeles Kings in 2013.

Schenn has won a Stanley Cup with LA in 2014 and 2016, as well as a Gold Medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics for Canada's men's hockey team. Injuries have limited him to just 79 games over four seasons since joining LA, but he remains one of their key defenders.

Luke Schenn is married to actress Meaghan Rathbone and they have three children - twins sons Landon and Evan and daughter Harper- Rose Luke Schenn is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who has played for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Luke was drafted by the Maple Leafs fifth overall in 2008, and made his NHL debut with them that same year. 

He has since become one of their most important players, playing an integral role in their Stanley Cup-winning team in 2013. Luke also won silver medals at both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics as part of Team Canada's Ice Hockey squad.

In 2017, he announced his retirement from professional ice hockey after 14 seasons to focus on his family life and move into coaching full time.

21. Guillaume Brisebois


Guillaume Brisebois was born on July 21, 1997 in Longueuil, Quebec. He is a defenceman and played for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) during the 2016-17 season.

Brisebois has also represented Canada at both under-18 and under-20 levels and helped Canada win a silver medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship. In April 2018, it was announced that Brisebois had signed an entry level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers organization.

He made his NHL debut on October 12th, 2018 against the Pittsburgh Penguins and recorded two assists in a 5-3 victory over his former team Sudbury Wolves three days later in what turned out to be his final game as an OHL player before departing for North America to continue his development with Philadelphia's AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley Phantoms

22. Stan Smyl

Stan Smyl

Stan Smyl is a retired right wing who played for the Vancouver Canucks. He was born in Glendon, Alberta and played his junior hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers before being drafted by the Canucks in 1977.

Smyl made his NHL debut with Vancouver in 1979 and became a fixture on their roster over the next decade or so, scoring over 100 goals during that time. 

His best season came in 1986-87 when he scored 31 goals and added 41 assists for 72 points – good for second place behind only Wayne Gretzky on the team's scoring list that year.

After playing his final season with Vancouver in 1989-90, Smyl went on to play six seasons with HC Davos of Switzerland before retiring at age 35 after failing to qualify for the playoffs each year he had been there (he would later come back as an assistant coach). 

Stan Smyl currently resides near Calgary, Alberta where he works as a colour commentator for Hockey Night In Canada broadcasts alongside Don Cherry and Ron MacLean (among others).

23. Jacob Markström


Jacob Markström

Jacob Markström is a goaltender who has played for the Calgary Flames in the NHL. He was drafted by the Flames in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

He made his professional debut with HC Gävleborg of Sweden's HockeyElit league in 2007-08, posting a record of 10-8-4 with two shutouts and a 2.21 goals against average (GAA).

In 2009-10 he posted an 18-5-1 record with one shutout and a 1.96 GAA playing for HV71 of Sweden's Elitserien League; this led to him being named to the league's All Star Team and selection as its MVP runner up.

The following season he won back to back Swedish Championships, helping HV71 reach their first ever Champions League Final where they lost 4–0 to Timrå IK.

In 2014 he signed as starting goalie with Manchester Monarchs of American Hockey League (AHL) on 29 July 2014 but failed to prevent any losses until 27 October when both teams met again resulting in shootout loss 3–2 at Stockton Arena.

Markstrom had four consecutive starts without allowing goals from 12 September – 16 October before giving up three goals against Utica Comets on the 22nd game day

Markstrom finished the regular AHL season having started all 41 games conceding only 72 goals for a 0,911 save percentage which placed him fourth among AHL goaltenders behind Connor Hellebuyck( Hershey Bears / Winnipeg Jets ).

Keith Kinkaid( Albany Devils )and Mike McKenna( Springfield Falcons ). On 15 May 2015 it was announced that Jacob Markström had been recalled by Calgary Flames from Manchester Monarchs during their playoff chase due not only play.

Some important minutes down stretch but also mentor Karri Ramo after Ramo suffered a concussion late January while playing for Dallas Stars during game 6 Texas Stars series winning 5–1 at Cedar Park Center.

On 24 May 2015 Jacob Markström recorded his first career NHL win stopping 33 shots including 21 over final 20:00 minutes en route defeating Carolina Hurricanes 3–2 at PNC Arena.

With 44 wins out 57 starts since joining NHL club, Jacob Markstrom became second Calgarian-born goaltender (behind Joni Pitkanen) and 17th European player overall elected captain by team management before start new season vs Colorado Avalanche on 25 October 2016.

24. Jannik Hansen

Right winger

Jannik Hansen

Jannik Hansen is a talented right wing player who has spent his entire career playing for the Vancouver Canucks. He was drafted by the Canucks in the fourth round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and has since played over 500 regular season games with them, scoring 112 goals and adding 184 assists.

Hansen is known for his speed, power and good puck handling skills which make him very dangerous off the rush or when he gets hold of the puck in close to the net. In 2016-17 he signed an extension with Vancouver which will keep him at Rogers Arena until 2021-22 seasons.

Hansen represented Denmark at both junior and international level before making his senior debut in 2007 against Sweden, going on to play 106 matches for his country including three Olympic gold medals (2010, 2014, 2018).

Jannik Hansen is married to Canadian actress Britt Robertson and they have two children together - a son born in 2012 and a daughter born in 2017.

25. Dan Cloutier

Dan Cloutier

After spending eight seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, Cloutier was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in 2005. He played for both teams until his retirement following the 2011-12 season.

In 906 career games, Cloutier posted a 477-307-72 record with 44 shutouts and a 2.28 goals against average (GAA). 

A three time Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's best goaltender, he also won two Jennings Trophies as league MVP while playing for Vancouver and Montreal respectively.

Cloutier is considered one of the greatest goaltenders of all time and holds numerous records including most wins by a goalie in an NHL season (42) and appearances in an NHL game (691). Clo" is married to Lara; they have two children – daughter Maude Isabelle (born 2009) and son Caden Maxime (born 2013).

Dan Cloutier was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 26th round of the 1994 NHL Draft. 

He played for five different teams during his playing career, including Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, EC KAC, Los Angeles Kings and Canada's National team. Cloutier won a Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 2004-05 season.

After he retired from professional hockey he became an assistant coach with his former team Vancouver Canucks and then took over as head coach after Alexei Yashin left to join Ottawa Senators in 2009-10 season.

26. Thatcher Demko


Thatcher Demko

Thatcher Demko is a defenseman for the San Diego Gulls in the American Hockey League (AHL). He was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

In his rookie season with San Diego, Demko led all defensemen in goals and points. Thatcher also competed for Team Pacific at the 2018 AHL All-Star Game. In 2019, he signed an extension with San Diego through 2024-25 seasons.

As a member of Team USA at both World Juniors and IIHF World Championships, Thatcher has represented his country on numerous occasions including captaining them to gold medals at both events in 2017/18 and 2018/19 respectively Thatcher Demko is a goalie for the Vancouver Canucks and was drafted in 2014.

Thatcher has been playing professionally since 2016, and has had success with the team so far. She started her career as a backup goaltender, but she's quickly become one of the best in the league. 

Her nationality is American, and she grew up playing hockey for her school team before joining Division I college teams later on in her career.

Thatcher is known for being very calm under pressure - which can help keep her teammates composed when things get tough on the ice. 

She's an excellent blocker and makes quick decisions with regards to where to go next; this allows her to make some spectacular saves from close range or long distances away from goalposts. 

Overall, Thatcher Demko is someone who represents strong goaltending skills both defensively (by blocking shots) as well as offensively (by making smart plays).

27. Thomas Gradin

Thomas Gradin was born on February 18, 1956 in Sollefteå, Sweden. He is 5'11" tall and weighs 176 pounds. Gradin played for AIK in the Swedish top-flight league from 1975 to 1981.

In 1980 he moved to Italy where he played for several clubs before retiring at the end of the 1990 season. 

Thomas has been a commentator with Sky Sport since 2011 and also works as a football coach at an academy near his home town of Sollefteå Thomas Gradin was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 45th overall spot in the 1976 NHL Draft.

He went on to play with Boston Bruins, Västerås IK (Sweden's top professional hockey league), and Chicago Black Hawks before retiring after a 20-year career. 

Thomas is widely considered one of Sweden's greatest players ever and won several awards during his playing days including three Stanley Cups with Chicago Blackhawks. 

After retirement, he served as head coach for both Västerås IK and Skelleftea AIK (another Swedish Hockey League team) before taking over as general manager of IF Elfsborg in 2010 where he remains today.

28. Conor Garland

Right winger

Conor Garland Career

  • 2011–12: Boston Jr. Bruins
  • 2011–12: Boston Jr. Bruins
  • 2012–13: Muskegon Lumberjacks
  • 2012–13: Moncton Wildcats
  • 2013–14: Moncton Wildcats
  • 2014–15: Moncton Wildcats
  • 2015–16: Moncton Wildcats

Conor Garland was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the third round, 83rd overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He played college hockey at Boston University and led them to a Frozen Four appearance in 2017.

In his rookie season with the Canucks in 2018-19, he scored 22 goals and 47 points as a forward for Utica Comets of the AHL. In 2019-20, he had an impressive campaign split between Vancouver and Utica where he scored 41 goals and 85 points in 82 games played (+26).

This earned him first place on Calder Memorial Trophy ballots both years (2018 & 2019) as rookie of year; however, they were ultimately won by Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) & Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning), respectively. 

He made his NHL debut with Vancouver on January 5th 2020 against Calgary Flames scoring two assists playing 10 minutes before being replaced by Brock Boeser who would score one goal that game while Garland added an empty netter to give. 

Vancouver their 4th straight victory over Calgary en route to clinching 2nd spot in Western Conference standings. Garland finished 3rd among all rookies for points behind Auston Matthews.

The following season saw more good things from Conor Garland as he recorded 37 goals and 73 points - finishing 6th amongst all forwards. 

Whilst also adding 8 assists helping lead Vancouver into Eastern Conference semifinal playoffs against Ottawa Senators but eventually losing out 4-0 after going down 0-3 series deficit.

Garlands offensive production helped him win WHL Second All Star Team award along with CHL Top Prospect Awards nominations for Most Valuable Player ('21), Offensive Rookie of Year ('21), Best Forward ('20) & Playoffs MVP ('19). 

 Following this successful playoff run there was much anticipation surrounding what could have been if not injury struck just prior to start of 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs which required surgical repair on torn labrum requiring 12 months rehabbing time.

This unfortunately ended up costing Garlands chances at ever playing in a Stanley Cup Final or even appearing during these playoffs due to injuries.

Conor finally returns from injury early February 2022 recording 1 assist through 14 games back although rumours circulate linking him off waivers/trade deadline day being dealt away possibly overseas still awaiting resolution.

Also Played For: massachusetts hockey

29. Kirk McLean

Kirk McLean

Kirk McLean is a goaltender who played professionally in the NHL. Kirk started playing hockey at an early age and was good enough to be drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He enjoyed a successful career with the Leafs, appearing in over 1,000 games and winning two Stanley Cups. After leaving the NHL, Mclean spent time playing in Europe before retiring from professional play in 2004.

Kirk now works as a goaltending coach for his old team, the Toronto Maple Leafs AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch.. Kirk McLean played for the New Jersey Devils from 1986 to 2001. He was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 1984, but he never played a game with them.

He spent most of his career playing for the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers before retiring in 2001. Kirk Mclean is one of only six players to have scored more than 1,000 points in both the NHL and World Hockey Association (WHA). 

After retirement, Kirk joined ESPN as an analyst on their coverage of hockey tournaments around the world including The Olympics and World Championships.

30. Harold Snepsts

Harold Snepsts was born on October 24, 1954 in Edmonton, Alberta. He is a defenceman and played for the Vancouver Canucks from 1976 to 1987. Harold Snepsts has retired from playing hockey and now works as a radio commentator and analyst.

Harold Snepsts was inducted into the Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990 and he also received the Lester B Pearson Award in 2003-2004 for his contributions to Canadian sport. Harold Snepsts was drafted in the 59th spot by the Minnesota North Stars in 1974.

He played for Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, and Vancouver Canucks before retiring in 1991. Snepsts had a successful playing career as he won Stanley Cups with all three teams. 

After his retirement from hockey, Harold resided in British Columbia where he worked as a broadcaster for Sportsnet Pacific until his death at age 61 on January 24th, 2016.

31. Tyler Myers


Tyler Myers Career

  • 2005–06: Notre Dame Hounds AAA
  • 2005–06: Kelowna Rockets
  • 2006–07: Kelowna Rockets
  • 2007–08: Kelowna Rockets
  • 2008–09: Kelowna Rockets
  • 2009–10: Buffalo Sabres
  • 2010–11: Buffalo Sabres
  • 2011–12: Buffalo Sabres

Tyler Myers is a defenceman for the Buffalo Sabres. He was drafted by the Sabres in the first round, sixth overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Myers has played in over 650 games with Buffalo and has scored 92 goals and 220 assists for 332 points.

In 2013-14 he led all defenders in scoring with 37 points (13 goals, 22 assists) and was named to the All-Star Game as a result of his play that season. 

In 2017-18 he had another standout season with 38 points (12 goals, 26 assists), helping lead Buffalo to their first playoff appearance since 2003-04 and their second consecutive trip to the playoffs as hosts of Round One against. 

Pittsburgh Penguins; they lost 4–1 in overtime despite leading 3–1 late into OT thanks to Sidney Crosby's GWG at CONSOL Energy Center.

On June 21st 2018, Myers signed an eight year contract extension worth $64 million ($8 million AAV). 

He participated at The World Cup Of Hockey 2016 representing Team USA where they finished 7th out of 8 teams after losing against Finland 2–0 in preliminary round robin play then falling 0 – 3 against Sweden who eventually won gold medal defeating Canada en route.

Also Played For: winnipeg jets

32. Tanner Pearson

Left wing

Tanner Pearson Career

  • NHL Draft : 30th overall, 2012, Los Angeles Kings
  • Playing career : 2012–present

Tanner Pearson is a 30-year-old Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL) from 2018 to 2019.

Pearson was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round, 79th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He spent four seasons playing college hockey for Michigan State University before being traded to Pittsburgh during his fourth season there.

In 411 career NHL games, Pearson has scored 45 goals and added 95 assists for 140 points. His best statistical season came in 2017–18 when he recorded 20 goals and 50 assists for 70 points in 82 games played with Pittsburgh.

Pearson won gold at both the 2014 World Junior Championships and 2016 IIHF World Championship as part of Canada's junior team; he also represented Canada at multiple youth tournaments including world championships on three occasions prior to turning pro.

Also Played For: manchester monarchs

33. Dennis Kearns

Dennis Kearns

Dennis Kearns is a retired professional ice hockey player. Dennis Kearns played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings in his NHL career.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998. Dennis Kearns has also won two Stanley Cups with the Red Wings during the 1980s. 

Dennis Kearns currently works as a television analyst for TSN covering both Canadian and American pro leagues Dennis Kearns played for the Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Black Hawks in the NHL before representing Canada at the Olympic Games.

Dennis was a consistent scorer throughout his playing career, amassing over 1000 points in 9 seasons with Vancouver and Dallas. He retired from professional hockey after 1981, but continued to play amateur ice hockey until he was 50 years old. 

Dennis is currently a scout for the Blackhawks organization and also works as an analyst on TV broadcasts of Chicago games. As one of Canadas most decorated players, Dennis has been inducted into both the Hockey Hall of Fame and Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

34. Nils Höglander


Nils Höglander

Nils Höglander was born in Bockträsk, Sweden on December 20th, 2000. He is a left wing and played for HC Vita Hasten during the 2017–18 season. 

In November of 2018, Höglander was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 4th round (122nd overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Höglander will join their AHL affiliate Utica Comets for the 2019–20 season as he continues to develop his hockey skills with Vancouver's main club team, the Vancouver Canucks. Nils Höglander is a left-handed shooter who played for the Abbotsford Canucks of the AHL before being drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 2019.

He has appeared in 41 games with the NHL team and scored three goals and six assists. In addition to his hockey career, he also works as an artist; you can see some of his work on Instagram.

35. Doug Lidster

Doug Lidster

Doug Lidster was born October 18, 1960 in Kamloops, British Columbia. He played for the Vancouver Canucks from 1981-1993 and then had a lengthy stint with the New York Rangers from 1994-2004.

Doug also played for St Louis Blues and Dallas Stars during his NHL career. Currently, he is an assistant coach with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League (AHL). Doug has two sons - Brayden and Griffin - who both play hockey professionally Doug Lidster was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks 133rd overall in 1980.

He first played for the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL, then moved up to play for the Utica Comets of AHL before finally making his NHL debut with Vancouver in 1983. Doug spent most of his playing career with Vancouver, winning two Stanley Cups (1991 and 1993) as well as a gold medal at the World Championships in 1991.

After leaving hockey, he became a broadcaster for TSN and NBC Sports Canada and currently resides in Toronto with his wife Wendy and children Aidan and Ella-Grace.

36. Jack Rathbone


Jack Rathbone is a young defender who was born in 1999, and has been playing soccer since he was very young. He started his career with the Academy of New England Revolution before moving up to their first team in 2017.

Jack is known for being an aggressive player on defense, and is regularly called upon to make important saves or block shots during games. 

In 2018, Jack helped lead the Revolution to their first MLS Cup championship in franchise history - a victory that many regard as one of the greatest upsets ever in American sports history.

At just 23 years old, Rathbone already boasts an impressive résumé including five championships and numerous accolades from both his club and national teams alike - making him one of the most respected defenders in all of professional soccer today.

37. Cliff Ronning

Cliff Ronning Career

  • 1982–83: New Westminster Royals
  • 1983–84: New Westminster Bruins
  • 1984–85: New Westminster Bruins
  • 1985–86: Canada
  • 1985–86: St. Louis Blues
  • 1986–87: Canada
  • 1986–87: St. Louis Blues

Cliff Ronning was born on October 1, 1965 in Burnaby, British Columbia. He played for the St. Louis Blues as a centre and is 5'8" tall and 170 lbs. Cliff has shot left throughout his career and scored over 1000 points in his NHL career.

Cliff currently resides with his wife Allison in Langley BC where they have two children - Colton (born 2006) and Paige (born 2008). Cliff Ronning was a dominant player in the NHL for over a decade. 

He helped lead the Vancouver Canucks to their first Stanley Cup championship in 1994, and he also represented Canada at international tournaments numerous times.

Cliff Ronning is best known for his offensively-minded play. He was an extremely creative player with outstanding hands and hockey sense, which made him very difficult to defend against. 

In 2004, Cliff Ronning retired from professional hockey after playing 11 seasons with the St Louis Blues. He now works as an analyst for TSN Sportsnet Pacific and contributes regularly to several sports newspapers across North America.

Cliff Ronning is one of only four players in history to score more than 1,000 goals and record over 500 assists in the NHL – along with Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Gordie Howe. 

Thanks to his consistent excellence on the ice throughout his career, Cliff Ronnng has been inducted into both the Hockey Hall of Fame (in 2009) and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (in 2007).

Also Played For: whl, western hockey league

38. Jyrki Lumme

Jyrki Lumme

Jyrki Lumme was a defenceman who played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1988 to 1999. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003. Lumme scored 343 points in 562 career games and helped lead his team to three Stanley Cup championships (1992, 1993, 1996).

After retiring as a player, he became an assistant coach with the Canadiens' AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs in 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons before becoming head coach of their primary farm club Laval Rocket from 2002 to 2009. 

In 2010 he joined Finnish national team coaching staff as an assistant before being named head coach of Finland's men's national ice hockey team in May 2014 after previous stints as interim head coach from 2012 to 2013 and 2016 onwards.

Jyrki Lumme played for the Ilves (FNL) from 1985 to 1987 and then went on to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dallas Stars, Phoenix Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens.

He was drafted 57th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1986 but never played in an NHL game due to a knee injury. 

After he retired from playing hockey, Jyrki Lumme became a coach with several teams including Ilves (FNL), HC Sochi of Russia, Finland's Espoo Blues and most recently HPK of Finland. In 2007 he was named head coach of Finnish team HIFK but resigned after just one season due to differences with ownership.

39. Alexander Mogilny

Alexander Mogilny Career

  • 1986–87: CSKA Moscow
  • 1987–88: CSKA Moscow
  • 1988–89: CSKA Moscow
  • 1989–90: Buffalo Sabres
  • 1990–91: Buffalo Sabres
  • 1991–92: Buffalo Sabres
  • 1992–93: Buffalo Sabres
  • 1993–94: Buffalo Sabres
  • 1994–95: Spartak Moscow

Alexander Mogilny was born on February 18, 1969 in Khabarovsk, Russian SFSR. He played for CSKA Moscow, Buffalo Sabres, Spartak Moscow and Vancouver Canucks before joining the New Jersey Devils as a free agent in 2000.

Mogilny then moved to Toronto Maple Leafs where he won a Stanley Cup with them in 2002. The following year he joined the Montreal Canadiens but left after one season to play for the Russia national team at the 2004 Olympics and 2006 World Championships.

In 2010 he retired from professional hockey having scored 1,291 career points (539 goals and 792 assists) in 1,499 regular season games and 66 playoff matches over 19 seasons with six different teams. 

After retirement Mogilny became an analyst for TSN Hockey Night in Canada alongside Darren Dreger and Pierre McGuire as well as appearing on various other sports programmes worldwide including ESPN's SportsCenter Europe show hosted by Jeremy Schaap which aired its final episode featuring him on May 2nd 2018).

Alexander is married to Natalia Kuznetsova who also competed professionally tennis while they were together; they have two children - son Maximilian (born 2009) and daughter Lara (born 2013).

40. Brendan Morrison

Brendan Morrison Career

  • 1990–91: Ridge Meadows Knights
  • 1991–92: Ridge Meadows Lightning
  • 1992–93: Penticton Panthers
  • 1993–94: Michigan Wolverines
  • 1994–95: Michigan Wolverines
  • 1995–96: Michigan Wolverines
  • 1996–97: Michigan Wolverines
  • 1997–98: Albany River Rats
  • 1997–98: New Jersey Devils

Brendan Morrison was born in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia on August 15th 1975. He played his junior hockey with the Kamloops Blazers before being drafted by the Hartford Whalers in 1997.

He joined the Chicago Blackhawks after they acquired him as a free agent in 2001 and went on to play 8 seasons with them, registering 309 points (122 goals, 197 assists). 

In 2012 he signed a one-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks and retired at the end of that season having played 973 career NHL games scoring 426 goals and 463 assists for 1,067 points overall.

Brendan is currently an assistant coach for Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship 2018 where they are competing in Group A alongside Russia, Slovakia and Germany Brendan Morrison was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 39th round of the 1993 NHL Draft. 

He spent 7 seasons with the Devils, playing in 208 games and scoring 53 goals. In 2002, Morrison was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for future considerations.

He played two seasons with Vancouver before being dealt to Anaheim Ducks in 2004 for draft picks and a player named Trevor Linden. 

Played one season each with Dallas Stars, Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks before retiring from hockey at age 32 after playing his final game on April 13th 2012 with HC Kladno during Czech Extraliga playoffs against Slavia Praha (1 goal).

Also Played For: university of michigan hockey, michigan hockey

41. Greg Adams

Greg Adams

Greg Adams was born on August 15, 1963 in Nelson, British Columbia. He played for the New Jersey Devils from 1985 to 1998 and won the Stanley Cup with them in 1995.

Greg Adams is left wing and shoots left-handed. Greg Adams has also played for the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche in his career. In 2006, he became head coach of the Devils' AHL affiliate Albany River Rats and led them to a Calder Cup victory that year Adams played for the Vancouver Canucks from 1984 to 2002.

Adams was a key player on the Canucks teams that reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1990 and 1994. Adams also represented Canada at several international tournaments, including the 1988 Winter Olympics and World Championships. 

Adams retired from professional hockey after playing his final season with Frankfurt of Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

In 2003, Adams became head coach of BC Junior Hockey League team Richmond Hill Wildcats, where he remained until 2007 when he took over as head coach of Canadian National Men's Under-18 Team in 2008-09 season.

42. Dan Hamhuis


Dan Hamhuis Career

  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 12th overall, 2001
  • Nashville Predators

Hamhuis is a physical player who uses his size and strength to dominate opposing players. He has played in the NHL for 10 seasons, most notably with the Vancouver Canucks.

Hamhuis also played for the Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers before joining the Canucks in 2011. Injuries have hampered Hamhuis' career recently, but he is still able to contribute on offence from time to time.

He will be 39 years old at the end of this season, which may mean that he is nearing the end of his playing days. Hamhuis was born in Canada but represents Australia at international level Dan Hamhuis played for the Nashville Predators from 2002 to 2020.

He was drafted by Vancouver Canucks in 2001, but he only played with them for two seasons before moving on to Dallas Stars. Dan is a left-handed defenceman and has represented Canada at both junior and international level.

In 2010, he won the Stanley Cup with Dallas Stars after defeating Philadelphia Flyers in six games series finale.

After playing his final season with Vancouver Canucks in 2018–19, Hamhuis signed a one-year contract with Nashville Predators ahead of the 2019–20 NHL season.

Also Played For: 2012–13 nhl season, nashville predators

43. Don Lever

Don Lever

Lever was born in South Porcupine, Ontario on November 14th, 1952. He played for the Vancouver Canucks before retiring in 1992. Lever is best known for his time with the Canucks where he recorded 564 points over 908 games.

He also won a Stanley Cup with Vancouver in 1982. After retiring from hockey, Lever worked as a broadcaster and front-office executive with several teams including the Philadelphia Flyers and Edmonton Oilers. 

In 2009, Don was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame alongside Mats Sundin and Guy Lafleur Lever was drafted third overall by the Atlanta Flames in the 1972 NHL Draft and played his entire career with them.

He led the Flames to four Stanley Cup Finals appearances, winning two of them - in 1980 and 1984. After retiring as a player, Lever became an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks before moving on to coaching roles with other teams around the league. 

In 2017, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame alongside fellow Flame Bobby Hull who had also been a key member of those championship-winning teams.

44. Patrik Sundström

Patrik Sundström

Patrik Sundström is a Swedish centre-forward who has played for clubs in his country, Sweden and England. He first came to prominence with AIK, scoring 25 goals during the 1982–83 season which helped them win the Swedish Cup.

Sundström then moved to English side Liverpool where he made 131 appearances and scored 41 goals between 1984 and 1990. In 1991, he joined Sampdoria where he won two Serie A titles before retiring in 1999 at the age of 35 due to injury problems.

After retirement from football, Sundström worked as a television pundit for both Italian and Swede TV channels before joining Malmo FF's coaching staff in 2008 Patrik Sundström was drafted 175th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in 1980. 

He spent his entire playing career with the Canucks, totaling over 800 games played and scoring 202 goals and 258 assists.

Patrik Sundström represented Sweden at both the World Championships (1981) and Olympic Games (1988). After retiring as a player, Patrik Sundström served as an assistant coach for two seasons with the Swedish national team before becoming head coach in 2013. 

In 2018, Patrik Sundström was named President of IF Björklöven, a club he had previously played for during his junior years.

45. Tony Tanti

Tony Tanti

Tony Tanti was born in Toronto, Ontario on September 7th 1963. He played for the Chicago Black Hawks from 1987 to 2003 and is best known for his time with the team during their Stanley Cup winning seasons of 1992, 1993 and 1999.

Tony also won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic games as part of Canada's hockey team and has been inducted into both the Hockey Hall of Fame (2003) and Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (2009). 

In 2009, Tony became head coach of HC Lugano in Switzerland where he remained until 2016 when he joined HC Ambrì-Piotta as an assistant coach.

Tony Tanti was a highly touted prospect when he was drafted by the Chicago Black Hawks in 1981. He spent most of his playing career with the Vancouver Canucks, but also played for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres. 

Tony Tanti retired from hockey after playing 1998-99 with HC Davos in Switzerland. After retiring from hockey, Tony became an assistant coach for Canada's National Men’s Team before coaching at several high school levels throughout North America.

46. Oliver Ekman-Larsson


Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Oliver Ekman-Larsson is a Swedish professional ice hockey player. He currently plays for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Ekman-Larsson was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round, ninth overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

After four seasons with Phoenix, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers on July 1, 2014 for Andrew Cogliano and a third round draft pick in 2015. In 2017–18 season Ekman-Larsson led all defencemen with 66 points (25 goals, 41 assists) while playing 75 games. 

This marked his fourth consecutive season leading all blueliners in points and eighth career 100 point season; only eight players have ever reached this milestone in an NHL career.

Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Mario Lemieux, Phil Esposito, Brett Hull Sergei Fedorov, Nicklas Lidstrom Indicates current member of Hall of Fame.

47. Kyle Burroughs


Kyle Burroughs

Kyle Burroughs was born on June 12th, 1995 in Vancouver, British Columbia. At just 27 years old, Kyle is already a veteran of the NHL with over 100 games under his belt.

He has spent time with the Canucks and Blackhawks during his career so far and is currently playing for the Vegas Golden Knights. His size (6'0", 183 cm) and ability to play both centre and wing make him an asset on any team he plays for.

Kyle is married to Canadian hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser and they have two children together - a son named Caden (born in 2018) and daughter Mia (born in 2020). Kyle Burroughs is a defenseman for the New York Islanders. 

He was drafted in the 196th overall by Vancouver in 2013, and then traded to Colorado Avalanche before moving on to the NY Islanders.

Kyle has had a successful career so far, playing 214 games with 5 goals and 25 assists between all three teams. His main strength lies on his defensive play; he is very reliable when it comes to blocking shots and clearing the net from behind defensively. 

Kyle also has some offensive capabilities; he recorded his first NHL goal in 2014 against Cory Schneider of the Islanders, who at that point was an established goaltender in the league.

When not playing hockey, Kyle enjoys spending time with family and friends during down times or just enjoying life as much as possible.

48. André Boudrias

André Boudrias was a legendary figure in Canadian hockey. He played for many years with the Montreal Canadiens and helped them win several Stanley Cups.

André Boudrias also played for Team Canada at the 1972 Winter Olympics, where they won the gold medal. After his playing career ended, André Boudrias became a coach and led teams such as HC Davos of Switzerland and CSKA Moscow of Russia to championships.

In 2018, André Boudrias was named an Officer of the Order of Canada recognising his contributions to sport and charity work across Canada over 50 years ago. 

On February 5th 2019, André Boudrias passed away after a long battle with cancer at the age of 75 André Boudrias was a prolific scorer during his playing career and is one of the most well-known Habs players.

He played for six different teams over 13 seasons, before retiring in 1978. André Boudrias was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991, and he currently works as a broadcaster for TVA Sports. 

Andre also served as captain of Team Canada at the 1974 World Championships and helped lead them to their first ever gold medal win. He is married to actress Ginette Reno and they have two children together - Lucie and Benjamin Jr.

Andre has remained active outside of hockey since his retirement, working as a commentator on TVA Sports broadcasts, while also hosting shows like "Le Dimanche Sportif" on Radio-Canada ( Québec ). 

Andre's son Benjamin Jr., who plays professional ice hockey in Europe, carries on the family name after his father passed away in 2016 at age 78 years old.

49. Sheldon Dries


Sheldon Dries

Sheldon Dries played for the Texas Stars in 2018. Sheldon is a left-handed shooter who has appeared in 83 games over three seasons with Texas, scoring 36 goals and adding 38 assists.

In 2017-18, Sheldon was recalled by the Dallas Stars but did not appear in any games before being returned to Texas on January 10th, 2018. Prior to joining the NHL ranks, Sheldon played four years of college hockey at Michigan State University where he scored 104 points (44G+62A) in 148 career games.

Sheldon's father Brett is also a professional hockey player who most recently played for HC Sochi of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). 

Sheldon Dries is a center for the Colorado Avalanche. He was drafted by Vancouver Canucks in the 7th round of the 2017 NHL Draft but never played with them. He then signed with Colorado Avalanche and has been playing there ever since.

Sheldon is known as an effective two-way player who can contribute offensively and defensively on both special teams units. 

In his rookie season, he had 27 points (10 goals and 17 assists) in 82 games played which was good enough for 6th best point total among rookies that year behind only Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, Jesse Puljujarvi, Nolan Patrick and Mitch Marner amongst others.

As we move into his sophomore campaign, Sheldon appears to be continuing where he left off last season - putting up strong numbers while being an important part of one of the more successful franchises in the NHL today.

50. Petri Skriko

Petri Skriko

Petri Skriko is a Finnish-born left wing who played for the Vancouver Canucks. He was drafted by the Canucks in 1982 and played his entire NHL career with them, retiring in 1998.

Petri has also spent time playing overseas, most notably in Switzerland and Germany where he won two championships each. In 2006, he became the first player ever to be inducted into both the German Hockey Hall of Fame and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

Currently, Petri works as an analyst on TSN broadcasts of hockey games Petri Skriko was born on January 6th, 1961 in Helsinki, Finland. 

He played for the Boston Bruins from 1979 to 1999 and helped them win three Stanley Cups – in 1984, 1988 and 1990. After leaving the NHL he played for SaiPa of the Finnish Elite League until 2001 before retiring altogether.

Petri has been capped 47 times by Finland and is their all-time leading scorer with 231 points (69 goals and 168 assists). In 1998 he was named one of Finland's "Three Greatest Hockey Players" alongside Jari Kurri and KARI LEHTONEN.

51. Christopher Tanev


Christopher Tanev

Christopher Tanev is a Canadian professional ice hockey player with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). After playing junior hockey for the Sault Ste.

Marie Greyhounds, he was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 2006, but never played for them because of various injuries. 

He then signed as an unrestricted free agent with Vancouver in 2011 and has since won two Stanley Cups with them (2013, 2015), being named captain of both occasions.

Injuries have often dogged Tanev during his career; however, he has shown flashes of brilliance when healthy which makes him a valuable member of any team. 

As well as his NHL commitments, Tanev also plays for HC Sochi in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) where he has led them to their first ever championship title in 2017-18 season.

Final Words

. . The Vancouver Canucks are a beloved franchise in the city of Vancouver, having been part of the NHL since 1970. Some of the best players to ever play for them include Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure, Markus Naslund and Henrik Sedin.

They have had some success in recent years with Presidents’ Trophy wins in 2010 and 2013 as well as making it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2011 but losing to Chicago Blackhawks. The future looks bright for this team with young talent like Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat set to take over soon.

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Brandon McNally

I have been playing hockey my whole life. I am currently a professional hockey player with the Calgary Flames. I am also a part time coach at the University of Calgary and the head coach of the Calgary Northstars Minor Hockey Association. I have always wanted to be an NHL player and I am very excited to be one! My hobbies are playing hockey, coaching, and spending time with my family. LinkedIn

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