Nov 022010

[Every Monday, Katie Maximick takes your questions and answers them in her own cantankerous style. If you have any questions about the Canucks, send it to her via Twitter (@canucksgirl44)]

A day late but still entertaining, Katie responds to your questions on Bobby Lou’s first shutout of the season, Kirk McLean’s induction to the Canucks’ Ring of Honour, volunteering at Canuck Place, and Canucks movies, costumes, and goal songs.

Stephanie (@axeguitar) asks: What do you think of the Canucks’ current goal song? If it were to change, what would you pick? And what movies would represent each Canuck player? Sedins, Lu, Kes, Burrows, etc?

Katie: The Green Day song? I don’t care for it, but it’s not the WORST song in the world. That being said, it could be better and I know a lot of fans want a new goal song. Maybe something by Muse, like “Uprising” or “Stockholm Syndrome”.

Some Canucks movies:

  • The Sedins – Twins (Arnold & DeVito)
  • Luongo – The Italian (foreign flick)
  • Kesler – The American (Clooney)
  • Burrows – The Comeback Kid (1980)

Simon asks: Why does Kirk McLean get on the Ring of Honour? What did he ever do?

Katie: This, people, is coming from a Leafs fan. Should I bother answering it? Haha sure, the team didn’t win a Cup with McLean, but they got to the Finals with him in net. He was named to two NHL all-star games AND has recently opened a restaurant in Gastown! McLean is one of the most iconic figures in Canucks history, and fans feel like if we can’t retire his jersey, we have to honour him somehow, which is why the Canucks started the Ring of Honour this year.  Let me ask you Leafs fans a question – will Dion Phaneuf be honoured by the Leafs any time soon? Oh wait, he’s been getting booed over there in Toronto. Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Al asks: What kind of costumes should the Canucks wear for Halloween?

Katie: Haha, as I posted on Twitter, I thought Salo should have gone as Frankenstein’s monster (for those who know that Frankenstein was the doctor, not the creature), because he has too many replaced parts. Kesler could’ve gone as a giant, cardboard NHL 2K11 game since that’s all he promoted all summer, and Manny Malhotra could have gone as Richard Loat (aka @mozy19) since they’re apparently brothers from another mother.

Mark  (@marktgledhill) asks: Do you feel that Bobby Lou’s first shutout of the year will help the team to play better in front of him?

Katie: You know it’s officially November when Luongo gets a shutout on the first day of the month, especially up against another star goaltender in Martin Brodeur. I think it’s pretty self-explanatory that when Luongo plays well (or any goalie for that matter), the team in front of him plays with more confidence and thus improves the team’s all-around performance. I think, more importantly, Luongo’s shutout will give HIM more confidence, and the kind of boost he needs to raise him to his all-star standards this season. If the Canucks are going to go on a long Cup run, they need Luongo to get into his groove early so that the team is firing on all pistons come April.

Krissy asks: How important do you think is it for the Canucks players to get involved with organizations like Canuck Place?

Katie: I think it’s very important to the community, to the team and to the children of Canuck Place to see the players come by and help carve pumpkins, or decorate, or just visit. The fact that so many Canucks spend a lot of time at Canuck Place shows you what kind of people we have playing for Vancouver, and how lucky we are to have them here. I believe it was Manny Malhotra who said that one of his reasons for choosing Vancouver was the team’s commitment to charity, which says a lot about the organization’s priorities and part in the community. I know that I’m proud to be a Canuck fan because of this.

Nov 022010

The Vancouver Canucks announced today that Kirk McLean will be the second inductee to the team’s Ring of Honour.

McLean’s induction will take place on Wednesday, November 24th during a pre-game ceremony at Rogers Arena prior to Vancouver’s game versus Colorado. The former Canucks goaltender becomes the second Ring of Honour inductee after original franchise captain, Orland Kurtenbach was unveiled as the inaugural inductee.

Kirk McLean played over 10 seasons in a Vancouver Canucks uniform from 1987-88 to 1997-98 setting regular season and playoff franchise records for games played, wins and shutouts.

The Canucks career numbers speak for themselves.

Revered for his contributions in goal during the Canucks 1994 playoff run, McLean posted 15 wins and four shutouts through 24 games, helping lead Vancouver to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

McLean holds the all-time regular season franchise record for games played (516) and wins (211). His career postseason numbers rank first all-time in wins (34), games played (68) and shutouts (6).

McLean also holds franchise leading, single-season playoff records with 15 wins, four shutouts and 1,544 minutes played (1994 playoffs). McLean was twice nominated for the Vezina Trophy as a Vancouver Canuck and represented the club at the 1990 and 1992 NHL All-Star Games.

McLean was originally drafted in 1984 by last night’s opponent, the New Jersey Devils. With other goaltenders like Sean Burke and Chris Terreri in the Devils’ system at the time, McLean had only appeared in four NHL games before Pat Quinn (who, by the way, is one I personally think should be inducted into the Ring of Honour at some point) acquired him and Greg Adams for Patrik Sundstrom and a couple of draft picks in 1987.

It didn’t take him long to get his career going after that. In his first season with the Canucks, he split goaltending duties with King Richard Brodeur. In his second season with the team, he was nominated for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltender. In his third season, he led the league in games and minutes played, and appeared in the NHL All-Star Game.

During the 1994 playoff run, McLean was simply brilliant. He recorded 15 wins, which is obviously a franchise record. Twice, he won five games in a row. Twice, he shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round – in back-to-back games to boot. Altogether, he played 1,544 minutes, which was an NHL record until Mikka Kiprusoff played 1,595 minutes in 2004.

But without a doubt, Canucks fans think of “The Save” when they think of Captain Kirk. In Calgary, in overtime, in game 7 of the Canucks’ 1994 first round playoff series against the Flames, he robbed Robert Reichel on a 3-on-1 break and set the stage for Pavel Bure’s eventual game-winner in the second overtime period.

That save helped catapult the Canucks from being a .500 regular season team to Stanley Cup finalists. As noted hockey historian, Joe Pelletier, calls it, it was McLean’s signature moment. (More on Joe’s piece on Captain Kirk here.) For Canucks fans, it’s one moment among many, and on November 24th, we’ll all get a chance to remember them and celebrate Captain Kirk and his accomplishments.

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