The 1972 Memorial Cup and its Impact on the 1982 Stanley Cup Final

1972 Cornwall Royals

The 1981-82 Vancouver Canucks stunned the hockey world when they punched their ticket to that season’s Stanley Cup final. 

The Canucks, a sub-.500 team during the regular season, featured a roster packed with castoffs from other organizations who conspired with an unconventional coach to shock the NHL that spring. But a deeper dive into that roster reveals a cast of characters who knew well what it takes to win. In yet another example of what a small – and often poetic – world that hockey can be, several of these underdog Canucks met under memorable circumstances a decade earlier in a clash for another of the game’s most revered trophies.


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