In case you missed it, Daniel Sedin’s third period goal Wednesday against the Calgary Flames was the 10,000th regular-season goal in Canucks’ history. These 10,000 goals were scored by 354 different players over the Canucks’ forty-year history, and I’m sure we can name more than a few of the guys. Markus Naslund. Trevor Linden. Stan Smyl. Thomas Gradin. You know, the stars.
But any stat sheet, let alone a list of goalscorers, is incomplete without a perusal of the cellar-dwellers. In this case, the one-goal guys. Some might say they’re not important, but that’s crazy talk. Without the one-goal guys, the Canucks would be sitting at 9,957.
That’s right. Of the 10,000 goals, 43 have been scored by guys who only got one. Today we honour them. It’s not exactly a who’s who (more of a “who?”), but there are some interesting names on this list. Some remain active NHLers. Some are memorable. Some are long forgotten. Some will surprise you. Here they are, the one-goal guys, in alphabetical order:
Do any of the names on this list surprise you? I’m a bit taken aback to see Colin Campbell’s name on there. Sometimes I forget he was a Vancouver Canuck. That said, Campbell did score two very valuable playoff goals for the Canucks during their 1982 Stanley Cup Finals run.
It’s interesting to note that the players from the Gillis era are guys that will likely get another before things are all said and done. Some of the names from the Nonis era make me sad. Kris Beech. Yannik Tremblay. Aaron Miller. Martin Rucinsky. Tommi Santala. I guess I shouldn’t be surprise Lee “No-Scorin” Goren made the list. His inclusion here is explained by his nickname. Rory Fitzpatrick gets a pass because he was an All-Star defenseman.
I remember Shawn Antoski well. The Canucks drafted him 18th overall in 1990, just ahead of Keith Tkachuk and Martin Brodeur. And this is where he ended up. And you wonder why Canuck fans can be pessimistic.
What do you have to say for yourselves, Canuck fans?Tags: 10000, Canucks, Colin Campbell, goals, history