Five Canucks records in jeopardy of being broken this year — and five that will likely never be touched

Single-season records for win-loss record and points by a defenceman are among those that appear to be a reach — but will anyone ever get close to Pavel Bure’s 60 goals in a year?

The offensive totals that Elias Pettersson, J.T. Miller and Quinn Hughes have wracked up to date help demonstrate just how well this incarnation of the Canucks have performed.

Here’s a look at five team marks that could fall before this campaign is complete:


Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault (right) and assistant coach Newell Brown (left) embrace each other as players leap off the bench after Kevin Bieksa (not shown) scores against the San Jose Sharks during the second overtime to win game five and the Western Conference Championship in the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on May 24, 2011.
Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault (right) and assistant coach Newell Brown (left) embrace each other as players leap off the bench after Kevin Bieksa (not shown) scores against the San Jose Sharks during the second overtime to win game five and the Western Conference Championship in the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on May 24, 2011.Photo by Ric Ernst /PNG

Best record in a season — 54-19-9, 117 points, 2010-11

That Canuck team coached by Alain Vigneault had a winning percentage of .713. Coach Rick Tocchet’s team carries a 35-12-6 record into a game Tuesday in Chicago, and that works out to a .717 winning percentage. That puts them on pace for a similar finish to Vigneault’s team. 

Besides that 2010-11 season, the only other Canuck team to break that 50-win plateau was the 2011-12 one, which went 51-22-9 under Vigneault, which works out to a .677 winning percentage.


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Canucks centre J.T. Miller celebrates his goal with captain Quinn Hughes on Jan.8 at Madison Square Garden.Photo by Frank Franklin II /AP

Most points in a season by a defenceman — Hughes, 76 points, 2022-23

Hughes’ 65 points (12 goals, 53 assists) through 53 games this season is already the third best total by a Canuck rearguard, behind his record last year and the 68 points Hughes put up the season before. Hughes is on pace right now for 100 points (18 goals, 82 assists). 

The team record prior to Hughes was 63 points, set by Doug LIdster in 1986-87.

Hughes has 306 points in his 336-game career so far with Vancouver, which leaves him one point in back of Lidster (666 games) for fifth spot on Vancouver’s all-time list. Alexander Edler, who amassed 409 points (925 games), leads the way.


J.T. Miller, front right, celebrates after his winning goal in overtime as Washington Capitals goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) and centre Connor McMichael skate off the ice.
J.T. Miller, front right, celebrates after his winning goal in overtime as Washington Capitals goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) and centre Connor McMichael skate off the ice.Photo by Nick Wass /AP

Most points in a season — Henrik Sedin, 112 points, 2009-10

Sedin’s 29 goals and 83 assists pushed him past Pavel Bure’s 110-point campaign in 1992-93 for the Canuck single-season mark. Pettersson (28 goals, 41 assists, 69 points) and Miller (23 goals, 46 assists, 69 points) are both on pace for 107 points, while Hughes is following close behind.


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Vancouver Canucks centre Elias Pettersson (40) celebrates his goal with Filip Hronek (17) against the Detroit Red Wings in the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, in Detroit.Photo by Paul Sancya /THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Best plus-minus in a season — Christian Ehrhoff and Daniel Sedin, both plus-36 in 2009-10

As of Monday morning, Filip Hronek (plus-35) was leading the NHL in plus-minus, followed by his frequent defence partner Hughes (plus-34). One-time Canuck defence prospect Gustav Forsling (plus-31) of the Florida Panthers was third.

Ehrhoff and Sedin wound up tied for fifth spot in the NHL with Washington Capitals winger Alexander Semin in their aforementioned season. Henrik Sedin (plus-35) was eighth and Alex Burrows (plus-34), who joined the Sedins on Vancouver’s top forward line, was ninth.


Vancouver Canucks' Markus Naslund (left) celebrates a goal against the Edmonton Oilers with Todd Bertuzzi.
Vancouver Canucks’ Markus Naslund (left) celebrates a goal against the Edmonton Oilers with Todd Bertuzzi.SunMedia

Most game-winning goals in a season — Markus Naslund, 12, 2002-03

Pettersson (nine) was tied for the league lead for game winners as of Monday morning with Sam Reinhart of the Panthers. Pettersson had the game winner in four straight contests(Jan. 6-11) on Vancouver’s eastern road trip earlier this season, tying Daniel Alfredsson (2006-07) for the second longest streak in NHL history. Newsy Lalonde had game winners in five straight for the Montreal Canadiens in 1920-21.

Pettersson’s streak ended with a 1-0 win in Buffalo on Jan. 13. Sam Lafferty scored the lone goal.

For contrast, here are five Canuck team records that may never be eclipsed:


Vancouver Canucks Pavel Bure scoring the winning goal against Mike Vernon in the second overtime period against the Calgary Flames, April 30, 1994.
Vancouver Canucks Pavel Bure scoring the winning goal against Mike Vernon in the second overtime period against the Calgary Flames, April 30, 1994.Photo by Dave Buston /PNG

Most goals in a season — Pavel Bure, 60, both 1992-93 and 1993-94

In the history of the NHL, there have been 23 players to tally 60 or more goals in a season. Bure is one of just eight who has done it more than once. 

Add the fact that Alexander Mogilny’s 55-goal 1995-96 campaign and Bure’s 51-goal 1997-98 season are the only other times a Canuck has counted 50 more goals in a year and it tells how rare that milestone is.


Most shots in a season — Bure, 400, 1992-93

Shooting in bulk obviously played a role in Bure’s goal-scoring prowess. Bure’s 1992-93 total along with his 374 shots in 1993-94 and 329 shots in 1997-98 are the top three season in that category in team history. Naslund’s 302 shots in 2001-02 is next best.

Pettersson paced Vancouver last season with 257 shots. Pettersson leads this season with 140.


Leafs Nazem Kadri is denied by Canucks Roberto Luongo during 3nd period NHL game between Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks in Toronto, November 13, 2010.
Leafs Nazem Kadri is denied by Canucks Roberto Luongo during 3nd period NHL game between Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks in Toronto, November 13, 2010.Photo by Alex Urosevic /Toronto Sun/QMI Ag

Games played a goalie in a season — Roberto Luongo, 76, 2006-07

Teams are much more careful with their netminder workload than they were before. Luongo’s Canuck mark is tied for 10th best all-time in the NHL (Grant Fuhr’s 79 games with the St. Louis Blues in 1995-96 leads the way) and the most recent campaign to show up on the NHL’s top-30 list of single-season goalie appearances is 2010-11.


Wins by a goalie in a season — Roberto Luongo, 47, 2006-07

It’s simple math. Like the aforementioned more goals coming from more shots, fewer games will mean fewer wins for goalies. Luongo (40 in 2009-10, 38 in 2010-11 and 35 in 2007-08) has four of the top five winning seasons for goaltenders in Canucks history, along with Kirk McLean’s 38-win season in 1991-92.

Vancouver’s Thatcher Demko topped the NHL in wins (28) as of Monday morning. He’s played in 38 games.


Vancouver Canucks Donald Brashear dukes it out with Toronto Maple Leafs Wade Belak.
Vancouver Canucks Donald Brashear dukes it out with Toronto Maple Leafs Wade Belak.Photo by Steve Bosch /Vancouver Sun

Most penalty minutes in a season — Donald Brashear, 372, 1997-98

The 50 most penalized seasons in NHL history include just two since 2000-01, which does say something about how the game has changed. Brashear’s total is the 10th highest. Gino Odjick’s 371 minutes in penalties with Vancouver in 1996-97 is right behind.

Tyler Myers led Vancouver in PIMs last year with 76. Nikita Zadorov has 60 through his 27 games with Vancouver this season. Myers is next in line for the Canucks currently with 55.

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