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The Vancouver Canucks are the National Hockey League franchise playing out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They were a 1970 expansion team, and the first major league North American franchise of the four sports (hockey, basketball, baseball, and football) in Vancouver. The city's only other major franchise (Vancouver Grizzlies) moved to Memphis after a few years in the NBA.

In the 2010-11 season, Vancouver Canucks celebrated their 40th anniversary in the NHL with a near-perfect season that resulted in the President's trophy for the best record in the regular season, the Western Conference championship, and coming one win away from the elusive Stanley Cup. The Canucks reached the Stanley Cup finals twice before without taking the Cup, first getting swept by New York Islanders in 1982 and then taking New York Rangers to seven games in 1994.

Before the 2011 post-season, Ed The K Motley predicted that Vancouver would beat Tampa Bay Lightning for the Stanley Cup (unfortunately, Tampa went seven games in the conference finals before losing to Boston) but Vancouver's first opponents were the defending Cup champions Chicago Blackhawks. In a decision he almost regretted, Kay vowed that if the Canucks lost to Chicago, he would shave his beard! Things were fine in the first three games, since Vancouver won all three, but then they lost the next three games to require a decisive Game 7. In that game, Vancouver held a 1-0 lead until the last three minutes of regulation when Blackhawks incurred a penalty. Amazingly, Chicago scored a short-handed goal with little over one minute left in the game. Lucky for Kay, Canucks won in Sudden Death overtime to advance and Kay kept his beard.

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