The Best Canadian Hockey Towns
Vancouver is the crown jewel of Western Canada. It’s certainly one of the most modern, vibrant, and unique places north of the 49th. Though the Vancouver Canucks have only been an NHL franchise since the 1970s, the seeds of the club were planted in the mid-forties.
The Canucks have provided some of the most memorable Canadian hockey moments too. There’s the Todd Bertuzzi sucker punch, their 2011 push for the cup, and who can forget the ensuing hockey-fueled riots?
On the ice, the city is a veritable juggernaut. Vancouver gave the hockey world Paul Kariya, Evander Kane, Milan Lucic, Ryan Johansen, and superstar-in-the-making Mathew Barzal. The Canucks may be perceived as a second-class hockey city when compared to Montreal or Toronto, but year after year, they continue to raise the crossbar.