Calgary Canucks

The Calgary Canucks are a junior A ice hockey team in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). They play in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with home games at the Max Bell Centre. They have won the AJHL championship nine times and one national championship.

Calgary Canucks
Calgary Canucks Logo.svg
CityCalgary, Alberta
LeagueAlberta Junior Hockey League
DivisionSouth
Founded1971 (1971)
Home arenaMax Bell Centre
ColoursBlue, green, and white
Head coachBrad Moran

HistoryEdit

 
Cole Svenson with the Calgary Canucks vs Drumheller Dragons on Heritage Night (1-18-20)

Founded in 1971, the Calgary Canucks are the second oldest franchise still operating in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), preceded only by the Spruce Grove Saints. The Canucks franchise has the longest tenure of any in the AJHL in one city.

The Canucks organization was formed of a group led by Doug Eastcott in order to create a junior team so that local players did not have to live away from where they attended school. As the team considered itself a Calgary-based development system, it set an internal limit of three "imports" (non-Calgary area players) per season. The import cap was eventually dropped as the AJHL has added more teams in the Calgary region such as the Calgary Royals and Okotoks Oilers, causing the team to recruit from a larger region.

The Canucks qualified for the playoffs 34 consecutive seasons, a streak finally broken in 2006–07, The team has 11 regular season titles, nine AJHL championships, two Doyle Cup titles, and one Centennial Cup National Junior A Championship. The team has developed multiple players that have reached the National Hockey League, including Dany Heatley and two time Stanley Cup winner Mike Vernon. Many more have earned scholarships to American and Canadian universities.

Season-by-season recordEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T/OTL = Ties/Overtime losses, SOL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T/OTL SOL Pts GF GA Finish Playoffs
1971–72 48 28 18 2 58 250 195 3rd Overall Won Semifinals, 4–3 vs. Edmonton Maple Leafs
Lost AJHL Finals, 1–4 vs. Red Deer Rustlers
1972–73 60 44 16 0 88 439 222 1st Overall Won Semifinals, 4–1–1 vs. Drumheller Falcons
Won AJHL Championship, 4–3 vs. Red Deer Rustlers
Lost Alta/BC Championship, 1–4 vs. Penticton Broncos (BCJHL)
1973–74 60 36 24 0 72 308 261 2nd Overall Lost Semifinals, 1–4 vs. The Pass Red Devils
1974–75 60 34 25 1 69 360 290 3rd Overall Lost Semifinals, 1–4 vs. Spruce Grove Mets
1975–76 60 48 11 1 97 380 251 1st Overall Lost Semifinals, 3–4 vs. Taber Golden Suns
1976–77 60 44 16 0 88 368 232 1st Overall Won Quarterfinals, 4–1 vs. Pincher Creek Panthers
First in round-robin (3–1)
Won AJHL Championship, 4–1 vs. Taber Golden Suns
Won Alta/BC Championship, 4–1 vs. Richmond Sockeyes (PJHL)
Lost Abbott Cup, 1–4 vs. Prince Albert Raiders (SJHL)
1977–78 60 39 21 0 78 336 265 1st Overall Won Quarterfinals, 4–2 vs. Pincher Creek Chinooks
Second in round-robin (2–2)
Won AJHL Championship, 4–0 vs. Fort Saskatchewan Traders
Lost Alta/BC Championship, 2–4 vs. Merritt Centennials (BCJHL)
1978–79 60 44 16 0 88 362 253 1st Overall Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. Red Deer Rustlers
First in round-robin (2–2)
Lost AJHL Finals, 3–4 vs. Fort Saskatchewan Traders
1979–80 60 43 17 0 86 281 180 2nd Overall Won Quarterfinals, 3–0 vs. Drumheller Falcons
Won Semifinals, 4–0 vs. Calgary Spurs
Lost AJHL Finals, 1–4 vs. Red Deer Rustlers
1980–81 60 33 25 2 68 305 237 2nd South Lost Quarterfinals, 2–3 vs. Taber Golden Suns
1981–82 60 24 33 3 51 267 265 3rd South Lost Quarterfinals, 0–4 vs. Red Deer Rustlers
1982–83 60 35 23 2 72 336 256 2nd South Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. Calgary Spurs
Won Semifinals, 4–2 vs. Red Deer Rustlers
Won AJHL Championship, 4–2 vs. Fort McMurray Oil Barons
Lost Alta/BC Championship, 0–4 vs. Abbotsford Flyers (BCJHL)
1983–84 Did not participate[a]
1984–85 60 30 29 1 61 293 285 3rd South Lost Quarterfinals, 2–4 vs. Calgary Spurs
1985–86 52 33 19 0 66 248 208 1st South Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. Olds Grizzlys
Won Semifinals, 4–0 vs. Hobbema Hawks
Won AJHL Championship, 4–3 vs. Sherwood Park Crusaders
Lost Doyle Cup. 1–4 vs. Penticton Knights (BCJHL)
1986–87 60 39 18 3 81 315 217 1st South Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. Hobbema Hawks
Lost Semifinals, 3–4 vs. Red Deer Rustlers
1987–88 60 51 9 0 102 402 196 1st South Won Quarterfinals, 4–1 vs. Calgary Spurs
Won Semifinals, 4–0 vs. Red Deer Rustlers
Won AJHL Championship, 4–1 vs. St. Albert Saints
Won Doyle Cup, 4–0 vs. Vernon Lakers (BCJHL)
Lost Abbott Cup, 3–4 vs. Notre Dame Hounds (SJHL)
1988–89 60 34 22 4 72 285 217 3rd South Lost Quarterfinals, 1–4 vs. Olds Grizzlys
1989–90 60 47 11 2 96 373 238 1st South Won Quarterfinals, 4–3 vs. St. Albert Saints
Won Semifinals, 4–1 vs. Olds Grizzlys
Won AJHL Championship, 4–2 vs. Sherwood Park Crusaders
Lost Doyle Cup, 0–4 vs. New Westminster Royals (BCJHL)
1990–91 56 23 32 1 47 229 249 6th Overall Lost Quarterfinals, 0–4 vs. Calgary Royals
1991–92 60 31 28 1 63 266 229 5th Overall Lost Quarterfinals, 3–4 vs. Fort McMurray Oil Barons
1992–93 56 31 23 2 64 223 214 5th Overall Lost Quarterfinals, 2–5 vs. St. Albert Saints
1993–94 56 28 21 7 63 242 227 5th Overall Lost Quarterfinals, 3–4 vs. Fort McMurray Oil Barons
1994–95 56 36 20 0 72 307 222 2nd Overall Won Quarterfinals, 4–1 vs. Bonnyville Pontiacs
Won Semifinals, 4–3 vs. Fort McMurray Oil Barons
Won AJHL Championship, 4–1 vs. Olds Grizzlys
Won Doyle Cup, 4–3 vs. Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL)

Won 1995 Centennial Cup National Championship
1995–96 60 42 14 4 88 281 213 1st Overall Won Quarterfinals, 4–1 vs. Calgary Royals
Lost Semifinals, 1–4 vs. Fort McMurray Oil Barons
1996–97 60 37 18 5 79 257 201 1st Overall Won Quarterfinals, 4–2 vs. Bonnyville Pontiacs
Won Semifinals. 4–1 vs. Grande Prairie Storm
Lost AJHL Finals, 3–4 vs. Fort McMurray Oil Barons
1997–98 60 36 19 5 77 243 202 4th Overall Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. Fort McMurray Oil Barons
Lost Semifinals, 3–4 vs. St. Albert Saints
1998–99 62 50 8 4 104 350 159 1st South Won Quarterfinals, 4–0 vs. Camrose Kodiaks
Won Semifinals, 4–1 vs. Olds Grizzlys
Won AJHL Championship, 4–0 vs. St. Albert Saints
Lost Doyle Cup, 1–4 vs. Vernon Vipers (BCHL)
1999–00 64 28 31 5 61 239 242 6th South Lost Preliminary series, 1–3 vs. Olds Grizzlys
2000–01 64 34 26 4 72 269 269 3rd South Lost Preliminary series, 1–3 vs. Calgary Royals
2001–02 64 29 28 7 65 256 286 5th South Lost Preliminary series, 2–3 vs. Calgary Royals
2002–03 64 31 26 7 69 229 225 5th South Lost Preliminary series, 0–4 vs. Camrose Kodiaks
2003–04 60 34 17 9 77 209 177 3rd South Won Preliminary series, 3–1 vs. Crowsnest Pass Timberwolves
Lost Quarterfinals, 1–4 vs. Olds Grizzlys
2004–05 64 32 25 7 71 205 202 3rd South Won Preliminary series, 3–0 vs. Drumheller Dragons
Lost Quarterfinals, 3–4 vs. Brooks Bandits
2005–06 60 20 34 6 46 154 205 7th South Won Preliminary series, 3–1 vs. Olds Grizzlys
Lost Quarterfinals, 0–4 vs. Camrose Kodiaks
2006–07 60 18 36 6 42 174 239 8th South Did not qualify
2007–08 62 19 38 5 43 162 225 7th South Lost Preliminary series, 1–3 vs. Okotoks Oilers
2008–09 62 31 21 10 72 173 167 4th South Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 1–3 vs. Camrose Kodiaks
2009–10 60 29 27 4 62 214 225 4th South Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 1–3 vs. Brooks Bandits
2010–11 60 18 37 5 41 178 280 8th South Did not qualify
2011–12 60 19 36 5 43 169 213 6th South Won Div. Quarterfinals, 3–1 vs. Camrose Kodiaks
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–4 vs. Brooks Bandits
2012–13 60 16 39 5 37 137 243 8th South Did not qualify
2013–14 60 15 42 3 33 156 232 8th South Did not qualify
2014–15 60 17 33 10 44 160 234 8th South Did not qualify
2015–16 60 24 33 3 51 156 218 6th of 8, South
11th of 16, AJHL
Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Okotoks Oilers
2016–17 60 37 19 4 78 219 157 3rd of 8, South
7th of 16, AJHL
Won Div. Quarterfinals, 3–2 vs. Drumheller Dragons
Lost Div. Semifinals, 0–4 vs. Okotoks Oilers
2017–18 60 26 32 2 54 199 256 6th of 8, South
11th of 16, AJHL
Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 1–3 vs. Drumheller Dragons
2018–19 60 9 49 2 20 127 332 7th of 8, South
15th of 16, AJHL
Lost Div. Quarterfinals, 0–3 vs. Okotoks Oilers
2019–20 58 9 46 3 21 118 299 7th of 7, South
15th of 15, AJHL
Did not qualify
  1. ^ Canucks took one-year leave of absence in 1983–84 after attempt to relocate to High River failed. Franchise returned in 1984–85 under new ownership.

Junior A National ChampionshipEdit

The National Junior A Championship, known as the Centennial Cup and formerly as Royal Bank Cup or RBC Cup, is the postseason tournament for the Canadian national championship for Junior A hockey teams that are members of the Canadian Junior Hockey League since 1971. Since 1986, the tournament has consisted of the regional Junior A champions and a previously selected host team. Since 1990, the national championship has used a five-team tournament format when the regional qualifiers were designated as the ANAVET Cup (Western), Doyle Cup (Pacific), Dudley Hewitt Cup (Central), and Fred Page Cup (Eastern). From 2013 to 2017, the qualifiers were the Dudley Hewitt Cup (Central), Fred Page Cup (Eastern), and the Western Canada Cup champions and runners-up (Western #1 and #2).

The tournament begins with round-robin play between the five teams followed by the top four teams playing a semifinal game, with the top seed facing the fourth seed and the second facing the third. The winners of the semifinals then face each other in final game for the national championship. In some years, the losers of the semifinal games face each other for a third place game.

Year Round-robin Record Standing Semifinal Championship game
1995 W, 1–0[a] vs. Le National de Joliette (Eastern)
W, 6–0 vs. Thunder Bay Flyers (Central)
W, 5–4 vs. Gloucester Rangers (Host)
L, 3–6 vs. Winnipeg South Blues (Western)
3–1
(W–L)
1st of 5 W, 5–3 vs. Thunder Bay Flyers W, 5–4 vs. Gloucester Rangers
Centennial Cup National Junior A Champions
  1. ^ Due to a challenge by the Canucks on a Joliette rules violation, the 5–1 loss was overturned.

NHL alumniEdit

The following former Canucks have gone on to play in the National Hockey League (NHL):

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Olds Grizzlys
Centennial Cup Champions
1995
Succeeded by
Vernon Vipers