Coquitlam hosts Canucks alumni

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The stars of yesteryear will join the stars of tomorrow at Saturday night’s Coquitlam Express game.

Many of the all-time favourite Vancouver Canucks will be on hand when the Express host the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

The Canucks original captain Orland Kurtenbach and King Richard Brodeur, who backstopped the Canucks to the Stanley Cup finals in 1982, will be among more than 20 Canucks alumni who will be in attendance.

A pre-game tailgate and barbecue will start the evening’s festivities off at 5:30 p.m. and Mark Donnelly will get things going on the ice at 7 p.m. with his version of O’ Canada that brings down the house at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena.

In four seasons with Vancouver, Kurtenbach recorded an impressive 163 points in 229 games. He was the first player inducted into the Canucks’ Ring of Honour back in October 2010.

Other former Canucks David Bruce, Ernie Dougherty, Eddie Hatoum, Dennis Kearns, Jack McIlhargey, Garry Monahan, Bob Murray, Chris Oddleifson, Harold Snepsts, Tony Tanti, Dennis Ververgaert, John Grisdale, Charlie Hodge and Darcy Rota will be on hand to sign autographs along with Fin the mascot and legendary play-by-play announcer Jim Robson.

A fan favourite in Vancouver, Snepsts appeared in 1033 NHL games over his career, recording 38 goals and 195 assists for 233 points, along with 2,009 penalty minutes. He was inducted into the Canucks’ Ring of Honour in March 2011.

McIlhargey played four years for the Canucks before becoming a key member of the team’s coaching staff for 18 years. McIlhargey was an assistant coach with the Canucks for seven years and spent eight seasons as head coach of Vancouver’s top minor league affiliate in Milwaukee, Hamilton and Syracuse.  In 1999, he was voted one of the 30 All-Time Greatest Canucks.


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