Thomas Gradin to be inducted into Canucks Ring of Honour
The Canucks announced this morning that Thomas Gradin will be the 3rd inductee into their Ring of Honour.
One of Vancouver’s first European-born players, Gradin played eight of his nine NHL seasons in a Vancouver 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 played. During his rookie postseason, he led all Canucks skaters in scoring with five points (4-1-5) in three playoff games played. He left Vancouver as the highest scoring centreman in franchise history with 550 points (197-353-550) in 613 regular season games and 38 points (17-21-38) in 38 playoff games played for the Canucks.
Gradin led the Canucks in scoring twice, from 1980-1982 and was named an NHL All-Star in 1985. He helped Vancouver to its first ever Stanley Cup Final appearance in 1982 when he registered a team-high 19 points (9-10-19) in 17 playoff games played. In Vancouver’s first Stanley Cup Final game versus the New York Islanders, Gradin tied a franchise record for most points in a playoff game when he registered three points (2-1-3) in a 6-5 loss.
During his time as a member of the Canucks, the Solleftea, Sweden, native set a number of franchise records. In 1981.82 he became the first Canucks player to register 80 points in a single season, finishing the year with 86 points (37-49-86). He became the Canucks all-time leading scorer with his 408th point, Jan. 4/84, passing former leading scorer Don Lever, and on Mar. 8/85 became the first member of the Canucks to register 500 NHL points.