The Vancouver Canucks have been an iconic organization on the west-coast for the past 50 years. During this time, Canucks fans have witnessed many outstanding talents. These stars range from Thomas Gradin and Pavel Bure, to Markus Naslund and the Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel. In these 50 years only three Canucks have played through three different decades in a Canucks uniform. Alex Edler will join these three Canuck greats on January 2nd, 2020 when he steps onto the ice.
Since joining the Canucks roster in 2006, Alexander Edler has made an incredible impact on the team. He is the highest scoring defenceman in Canucks history and is only two goals away from being the only defenceman to score 100 Canucks goals. Although the Swede often catches flack from Canucks fans, he is still currently one of their most reliable defencemen. Edler has played upwards of 23 minutes a game for the past decade and has become a Canucks leader. He is currently an assistant captain for Vancouver. Edler has been a Canuck in the 2000’s, the 2010’s and now, the 2020’s. He is joined by only three Canucks legends that have also played in three decades.
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Who Else Has Accomplished This?
Besides Edler, the newest member in this club is former captain Trevor Linden. He began his Canuck tenure soon after being selected second overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. Linden would help lead the Canucks into the next decade until his eventual trade during the 1997-98 season. Linden led Vancouver to the Cup Finals for only the second time in Canucks history during the 90’s. He would join the three-decade club when he was sent back to Vancouver in 2001 trade. He finished his career in Vancouver and his number was soon retired as he was known as arguably the greatest leader in franchise history
The other two Canucks that are members of this exclusive club played together throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Stan Smyl played his entire 13-year career as a Canuck from the late seventies until 1991. His jersey number was also retired by the Canucks. Harrold Snepts on the other hand, began his career with the Canucks in 74′. He played a decade in Vancouver until his return in the late 80’s that lasted just a few months into 1990 which qualified him for this group. Snepts played 781 games in Vancouver which is the second most for a Canucks defenceman (Edler has played 844).
This is an extremely significant accomplishment for Alex Edler. Two of the players that accomplished this had their numbers retired and Snepts is known as one of the franchise’s greatest defencemen. Edler truly joins an elite class on January 2nd against the Chicago Blackhawks. If he still has a few more years in him, look for Edler to continue breaking Canucks records.
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