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Kirk McLean, Trevor Linden, 1994 Canucks coming to Winter Classic
The team that captured your heart in 1994 is returning to Vancouver – together as Canucks – when the orcas take on the Ottawa Senators at BC Place's NHL Heritage Classic.
Kirk McLean, Trevor Linden, Greg Adams, and the majority of players from that almost-champion 1994 Canucks team will be at the home of the BC Lions for the game on March 2.
Other players in attendance will be Dave Babych, Jeff Brown, Jose Charbonneau, Geoff Courtnall, Murray Craven, Gerald Diduck, Tim Hunter, Nathan LaFayette, Jyrki Lumme, John McIntyre, Dana Murzyn, Gino Odjick, and Cliff Ronning.
The head coach and general manager of that team, Pat Quinn, will also be there, along with Stan Smyl.
The game and the players' appearance will be used to mark the 20th anniversary of that team, which came within one win of capturing the 1994 Stanley Cup. They also came within one post of tying it, when Nathan LaFayette rang one off the iron behind Mike Richter, and the New York Rangers held on for a 3-2 win.
The Canucks' best player that year, Pavel Bure, was hoping to make it to the Heritage Classic, but will miss the event, due to earlier planned commitments.
Btw, for anyone disappointed that Bure wasn't coming for the '94 reunion, turns out he had some post Olympic commitments.. Both sides tried— Blake Price (@blakeprice1040) February 20, 2014