Superb thread. It's a great diversion. I've enjoyed reading everyone's posts. Mine intertwines with a few of them.
First memories are from about 1974 when I got a 'vintage' blue jersey to wear to my hockey practices as a six year-old up in Smithers. Vegas mentioned hockey cards. That was my big thing for a while. The original hockey cards, BTW, not the spendy upper deck type that surged in popularity in the 90s. The ones we bought were about a quarter and they came with that initally-yummy-quickly-followed-by-very-nasty flavoured 'gum'. In fact, the smell of that stuff immediately makes me think of hockey cards. But I digress. My Canuck memory was that I would trade just about anybody for a Vancouver player. Shrewd deals might have included Yvon Cournoyer for Mike Robitaille, maybe Tony Esposito for Andre Boudrias. Who could forget that great 4-player deal of Brad Park and Gilbert Perreault for Bob Dailey and Dennis Ververgaert? BTW, Canucks cards never went in the spokes of my bike to make that cool noise. Use Leafs cards for that.
Media_Man: Jere Gillis, eh? Jere Gillis ain't got nothin' on Chris Oddleifson.
My first game memory has to be hearing Jim Robson on the radio.. "I'd like to say hello to all the hospital patients and shut-ins..".. Anytime I hear Jim speak now, I think about hearing the game on in the house when I was little. As for TV - this was the era of hockey on CBC ONLY and 20 years before the double-header. You might see the Canucks a couple times and only when they were in the East.
Later memories: wondering why management thought a marketing firm in San Diego would know anything about designing a hockey uniform (and seeing the garish outcome); the great towel-power run in 82' when King Richard stole the show and my Dad yelling "Harold! Noooooo! Just before the Isles won it all in OT in the finals"; watching Pavel Bure score on a breakaway at GM Place against the Jets; the incredible emotional ride of the 94' playoffs and the horrible empty feeling when they came oh so close, but lost in game seven.
But most of all, I think about the fact that I've never once stopped being a Canucks fan. I used to like the 'Nucks and the Pens (the original logo was very cool to a 6 year-old), then I liked the 'Nucks plus the Bruins a little bit (Bourque-fan), but for about 15 years now I've liked the Canucks and only the Canucks. There is no other team for me.
Go Canucks Go!