Vancouver Canucks are a professional ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They play their home games at General Motors Place, which has a capacity of 18,810. Vancouver Canucks joined the league in 1970 as an expansion team along with the Buffalo Sabres (the 13th and 14th teams to join). In its NHL history, the team has advanced twice to the Stanley Cup Finals but lost both times (to the New York Islanders in 1982 and the New York Rangers in 1994).
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With the departure of Naslund to free agency, Gillis announced on September 30, 2008, that Roberto Luongo had been named team captain, marking the first time since Bill Durnan of the Montreal Canadiens in 1947 that a goaltender has been named the captain of their NHL team. On December 17, 2008 the Canucks retired the second jersey number in team history, hanging Trevor Linden’s number 16 beside Smyl’s number 12 in a pre-game ceremony. The team won the Northwest Division and finished 3rd in the Western Conference. In the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs the Canucks swept their first round series against the St. Louis Blues in four games (the first four game sweep in franchise history), but were defeated in six games by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round.
In the 2009-10 season, the Canucks will be faced with the longest road trip in NHL history, with 14 games over 6 weeks, from January 27 to March 13, 2010, as a result of Vancouver hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. This will allow General Motors Place to be used for ice hockey during the games, which will shut down the NHL for 2 weeks. This will mark the first time that an NHL market will be hosting an Olympics since the league allowed its players to compete in the games, beginning in Nagano, Japan. GM Place will be “Canada Hockey Place” during the games, as the IOC won’t allow corporate sponsorship for venues during the games. It will also mark the first time that an NHL-sized rink has been used during Winter Olympics. The Canucks’ former arena, Pacific Coliseum, will also be a venue during the games, hosting figure skating and short track speed skating.