In the front lobby of Rogers Arena, a mural of a timeline adorns the far wall, mapping out the history of the Canucks. But besides the forming of the franchise in 1970 and the building of their arena in 1995, just two milestone years seem to be worth noting: 1982 and 1994.
1982: A Tradition Born, it reads. It was then, in the Canucks' first Stanley Cup Final appearance, that a city began to develop a hockey identity of its own. Up until that point, Vancouver had won just three playoff games in 11 years, and many Vancouver hockey fans weren't necessarily rooting for the Canucks.
"I was one of the first here in 1970 when they expanded," said former Canucks player, coach and general manager Pat Quinn. "And people who came to the rink weren't necessarily Canucks fans. They were hockey fans, [but] they liked Toronto and Montreal and the old original six teams. The only reason they suffered the Canucks was because it was the place they had to go to watch the other teams play."