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Canucks to reunite 1994 Stanley Cup Final team at Heritage Classic

Feb 20, 2014, 12:15 AM EDT

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It’s been 20 years since the Vancouver Canucks made what was their second trip in franchise history to the Stanley Cup Final.

A number of players from that team will be reunited at the upcoming Heritage Classic between the Canucks and Ottawa Senators at BC Place Stadium on March 2.

The Canucks, who made it to Game 7 of the championship series against the New York Rangers but lost in the final game in 1994, made the announcement on Wednesday morning.

The list of players coming out for that day will be goalie Kirk McLean, captain Trevor Linden, Cliff Ronning, Geoff Courtnall and head coach Pat Quinn. There is one notable omission from that list: Pavel Bure, often referred to as the Russian Rocket.

After much debate amongst hockey fans in Vancouver, the Canucks finally retired Bure’s No. 10 jersey to the rafters at Rogers Arena in November.


  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Kirk McLean was awesome in that cup run, I still remember the save in overtime of game 7 in the first round against the Flames, where somehow McLean slid across stacking the pads and stopping a Robert Reichel shot…I still have no idea how he made that save!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Robert Reichel….now there’s a name I haven’t heard in a while. My fondest memory of him is when he took a penalty shot in a tie game in the third against the Flyers in the playoffs. He proceeded to pound a slapshot into Cechmanek’s chest. Good ole Leafs.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Here it is, not sure how to imbed the video.

  3. jcmeyer10 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    What a great team. For some reason I had the tape of the NYR season and watched it whenever I was home sick. That and a compilation of old school (Syracuse Orange) ESPN commercials got me through a lot of sick days when I was a young’n.

  4. kicksave1980 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    As a Blackhawks fan through thick and thin since the day I was born, I hate the current Canucks. But in 1994, I really liked them and wanted them to win the Cup after my Hawks were eliminated by Toronto. I even have a Kirk McLean #1 jersey hanging in the closet. That was a fun team to watch. I remember the trade they made with St. Louis that year that really pushed them over the top.

  5. blomfeld - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    One of my ex’s owns a business together with the wife of ‘one’ of the guys in this photo … so needless to say friends … ‘oh Lord, may it be that a dart is hurtled upon the heathen’s tent, and may it be that such tent then collapses upon them, resulting in their ‘complete & utter’ financial ruination … amen”

  6. canada2014gold - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    For the record the entire 2011 Stanley cup final team is MIA. There’s word there in Vancouver but we haven’t seen them all season. Yes folks here in Van we celebrate “what ifs” like their championships!

  7. canucks30 - Feb 20, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    No Bure?

    No interest.

  8. balfe13 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:14 AM

    If Bure isn’t there, that reunion sucks.

  9. lallin66fan - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    First I read “Stanley Cup winning team” but I soon realized such a thing never happened.

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