NHL on TSN Quiz: Vancouver Canucks Edition

TSN.ca Staff
10/21/2010 2:16:44 AM
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Each week, the members of the NHL on TSN panel voice their opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

As a follow-up, TSN.ca offers you the opportunity to chime in on all the big issues with our insiders. Read up on all the questions and answers from TSN's hockey experts, and put in your own two cents on our popular Your Call feature. This week, the panel discusses Rick Rypien, the toughest Vancouver Canuck ever, the best player who got away from the Canucks and the greatest all-time Canuck.

Question #1: How many games do you think Rick Rypien should receive for his altercation with the Wild fan?

Craig MacTavish: I felt there were mitigating circumstances in this event for Rick Rypien. I'm going to say five games.                                 

Pierre McGuire: I'm going to say 5-8 games because I want Rick Rypien to have a chance to explain himself. I think in this situation, there's a lot more that went into this than just Rypien trying to get into the Canucks' dressing room.                  

Bob McKenzie: I will say six games for Rick Rypien. Mathew Barnaby did almost the identical thing in 2000 and got a four-game suspension. Gas is more expensive and everything costs a little bit more now, so six games. I think the range, though, could be as low as five and as high as 10.                  

Question #2: Who is the toughest Canuck ever? - Donald Brashear, Orland Kurtenbach, Jack McIlhargey, Dave 'Tiger' Williams

McGuire: I'm going to say Orland Kurtenbach, the first captain of the Canucks. I was once on a trans-continental airplane ride with the legendary Red Fisher; a columnist for the Montreal Gazette, and I asked who's the one guy that caused the most problems for the late John Ferguson Sr. when it came to fighting. Fisher said that he didn't know if Kurtenbach caused problems or not because Ferguson never wanted to fight him.

MacTavish: I'm going to say Jack McIlhargey. He's a nice guy unless a switch is flicked. If the switch is flicked, you don't want to be in the vicinity wearing an opposition uniform. He was one tough customer.

McKenzie: I'm going to with ‘Tiger' Williams. I actually wanted to say Orland Kurtenbach because I used to see him beat up Terry Harper in the old days, but quit frankly Tiger scares me a little bit when I run into him from time to time. I'm living in fear of not saying Tiger.                  

Question #3: Who is the best player who got away from the Canucks? - Gilbert Perreault, Rick Vaive, Cam Neely

MacTavish: I'm going to say Cam Neely. From the minute he arrived in Boston, he was a template for a power-forward and was the face of that franchise throughout his career. This one got away on Vancouver.

McKenzie: I'm going to go with Gilbert Perreault. I don't want to say the entire Vancouver Canucks organization was jinxed when they lost the spin of the wheel with the Buffalo Sabres in 1970 that ended up with Perreault in Buffalo and Dale Tallon going to the Canucks, but you know what - they're kind of jinxed. They've always been that 'second best.'

McGuire: When I was young, I had a chance to watch Gilbert Perreault play for the Montreal Junior Canadiens and nobody was better at that time. He was probably the most dominant offensive player that wasn't playing for the Montreal senior Canadians at the time and he really would have changed the whole dynamic for the Vancouver Canucks.             

Question #3: Who is the greatest all-time Canuck? - Pavel Bure, Trevor Linden, Markus Naslund, Henrik Sedin

McKenzie: I'll go with Trevor Linden. I mean, he is 'Captain Canuck,' although some will say that's Stan Smyl. To me, greatness is not just defined by what you do on the ice but it's also what you do off the ice and the way you carry yourself. Nobody was better than Linden as a Canuck.

McGuire: In 1989, 113th pick in the NHL Entry Draft was Pavel Bure. He probably should have been the first player picked in that draft. He was electrifying on the ice offensively, he helped build a new building in Vancouver and he created a whole new fan base for the Canucks. He was the greatest Vancouver Canuck.

MacTavish: I'm going to say Trevor Linden. It pains me to say that because we've had many battles over the years in Edmonton, but he's the face of that franchise.

Trevor Linden (Photo: Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
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