Vancouver’s Best Ever Goalie

Ranking and commentary provided by Jim K.  A frequent reader. 

Number 1 – Richard Brodeur (King Richard)

While never considered much of a technical goalie, King Richard took a below average hockey team to the Stanley Cup Finals, losing to one of hockey’s great dynasty’s, the NY Islanders.  Broduer gave the team hope at a time when Gretzky was rocking the league.

Number 2 – Kirk Mclean (Captain Kirk)

He was a good goalie on a good team.  Technically a better goalie than Brodeur, expectations were also higher.  He backstopped them within one game of a Stanley Cup, losing only to a team that money bought, the NY Rangers.

Number 3 – Glen Hanlon (The Carrot)

Glen Hanlon was a good goalie that gave us hope.  However, it was probably his trade out of Vancouver that benefited us the most.  Getting us Jim Nill from the St. Louis Blues.

Number 4 – Gary Smith (Suitcase)

The Canucks enjoyed their first regular season success with Gary ‘Suitcase’ Smith in net.  He also led the Canucks to their first playoff appearance in 1975.

Number 5 – Dan Cloutier

A good goalie on a great team.  He delivered as expected, except when it mattered most.  Still, he’s 3rd in games played and in wins all time, so he’s earned himself a spot in the top 5.

The Chief Canuck

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