The Canucks: A Photo History Of Vancouver's Team

The Polygon Gallery presents The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver's Team, an exhibition of photographs looking back on the history of the Vancouver Canucks. The rare photos on view span decades, beginning in the 1950s and ’60s when the Canucks played in the Western Hockey League, through the team’s franchising with the National Hockey League from 1970 onward. Long-time Vancouver Sun photographer Ralph Bower captured many of the images on view, which include never-before-seen photos from his personal collection alongside photographs generously on loan from the Vancouver Sun Archives and related ephemera.

Ralph Bower documented the Vancouver Canucks longer than any other photographer. He was an innovator of new techniques in sports photography, being the first to mount a camera inside the goalie’s net and operate it remotely. Bower’s photos capture action-packed plays and landmark moments, including the Canucks' first-ever goal as an NHL team. Key figures recur throughout the images, such as Pat Quinn playing for the Canucks in 1970, and later working as the team’s Coach, President and General Manager. This exhibition joyfully celebrates the game, the history, and the people of hockey in Vancouver.

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MEDIA

Vancouver Sun: The history of the Vancouver Canucks, through a photographer's lens

Vancouver is Awesome: A photo history of the Vancouver Canucks will be hosted by the Polygon Gallery in March

Montecristo Magazine: Rare Archival Photos of the Vancouver Canucks in Action

Photo credit: Ralph Bower, Camera reveals the snowy aftermath of a goal against Dunc Wilson. Ralph Bower was the first photographer to mount a camera with a 20mm lens in the net. Dec. 13 1971

 

 

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The Canucks - Installation view 1
The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver's Team
The Canucks - Installation view 2 - Title Wall
The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver's Team
The Canucks - Installation View 3
The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver's Team
The Canucks - Installation View 4
The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver's Team
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The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver's Team
WHL Vancouver Canucks no. 5 Don Cherry. Cherry played for the Canucks during the 1968-69 season. Ralph Bower/Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Canucks goalie George Gardner found the temperature cold at Canucks practices, so donned a hockey sock as a toque. Nov. 1,1968. Bill Cunningham/The Province
WHL Vancouver Canucks no. 5 Don Cherry. Cherry played for the Canucks during the 1968-69 season. Ralph Bower/Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Canucks goalie George Gardner found the temperature cold at Canucks practices, so donned a hockey sock as a toque. Nov. 1,1968. Bill Cunningham/The Province
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The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver's Team
Brian Kent
On Friday, Oct. 9, 1970 the Vancouver Canucks played their first NHL game at the Pacific Coliseum. This photo of the opening ceremonies featured the Stanley Cup. Brian Kent / PNG Files
Pat Quinn
No. 3 Defenseman Pat Quinn vs LA Kings. 1970. (He played 2 seasons for the Canucks.) Ralph Bower/Vancouver Sun
Orland Kurtenbach
The first captain of the Canucks, Orland Kurtenbach, pictured in 1970, retired from playing in 1974 and was the team’s head coach, 1976–78. Deni Eagland/Vancouver Sun
First goal
Celebrating the first goal by the new NHL 1970 Vancouver Canucks team. The goal was scored by #4 Barry Wilkins, seen celebrating with #2 Gary Doak, #7 Andre Boudrias, and #19 Dale Tallon. October 9, 1970. Ralph Bower/Vancouver Sun
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The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver's Team
The Canucks - Installation view 9
The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver's Team
No. 99 Wayne Grezky battling with Canucks no. 27 Harold Snepsts in the 1982 season and No. 9 was the centre of attention – Hartford Whalers’ 51-year-old legend Gordie Howe is beaten to the puck by Curt Fraser. Ralph Bower/Vancouver Sun
No. 99 Wayne Grezky battling with Canucks no. 27 Harold Snepsts in the 1982 season and No. 9 was the centre of attention – Hartford Whalers’ 51-year-old legend Gordie Howe is beaten to the puck by Curt Fraser. Ralph Bower/Vancouver Sun
The Canucks - Installation view 10
The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver's Team
The Canucks - Installation view 11
The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver's Team
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The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver's Team
Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault and assistant coach Newell Brown embrace each other as players leap off the bench after Kevin Bieksa scores against the San Jose Sharks during the second overtime to win game five and the Western Conference Championship in the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. May 24, 2011. / Vancouver Canucks no. 16 Trevor Linden celebrates with no. 19 captain Markus Naslund after scoring his second goal against the Calgary Flames during the second period of an NHL regular season game at GM Place Stadium. March 30, 2008. Ric Ernst/The Province
Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault and assistant coach Newell Brown embrace each other as players leap off the bench after Kevin Bieksa scores against the San Jose Sharks during the second overtime to win game five and the Western Conference Championship in the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. May 24, 2011. / Vancouver Canucks no. 16 Trevor Linden celebrates with no. 19 captain Markus Naslund after scoring his second goal against the Calgary Flames during the second period of an NHL regular season game at GM Place Stadium. March 30, 2008. Ric Ernst/The Province
The Canucks Memorabilia: Hockey cards and booklets
The Canucks Memorabilia: Hockey cards and booklets
Esso Power Play Album: The Canucks 1970/71
Esso Power Play Album: The Canucks 1970/71