The Vancouver Canucks’ 50th season was exciting, gut-wrenching and above all else, it was entertaining. Here are 10 things to be proud of this season.
COVID-19 is soon to be the proverbial “knife to the heart” of what was turning out to be a very moving and meaningful season for the Vancouver Canucks. NHL pause or not, the dazzling young core met with a new supporting cast this season and together they managed to overcome unprecedented obstacles and ultimately reignite the fanbase with hope for a better future.
The team that Jim Benning constructed for the 2019-20 season was by far his best and most complete work he’s done for the organization over the course of his six-year tenure as Canucks’ GM. In this past offseason, Benning highlighted several weak spots in the lineup from 2018-19, vowed to make drastic changes and with a very busy “to-do” list he managed to follow through with said changes.
Benning made several offseason moves that included trades involving some risk, as well as signing a big fish or two in free agency. Surprisingly, Benning’s offseason moves worked out favourably well, and although the team’s promise of playoff hockey is still yet to be determined, the Canucks’ management got something right and delivered a very exciting team that overcame a lot of challenges, proved the doubters wrong and officially put Vancouver back on the map. The new-look Canucks are a serious threat moving forward and the team deserves credit for what they were able to achieve this season. Here are 10 things to be proud of and/or grateful for.