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Canucks to reunite 1994 Stanley Cup Final team at Heritage Classic


It’s been 20 years since the Vancouver Canucks made what was their second trip in franchise history to the Stanley Cup Final.

A number of players from that team will be reunited at the upcoming Heritage Classic between the Canucks and Ottawa Senators at BC Place Stadium on March 2.

The Canucks, who made it to Game 7 of the championship series against the New York Rangers but lost in the final game in 1994, made the announcement on Wednesday morning.

The list of players coming out for that day will be goalie Kirk McLean, captain Trevor Linden, Cliff Ronning, Geoff Courtnall and head coach Pat Quinn. There is one notable omission from that list: Pavel Bure, often referred to as the Russian Rocket.

After much debate amongst hockey fans in Vancouver, the Canucks finally retired Bure’s No. 10 jersey to the rafters at Rogers Arena in November.


Here are the 10 oldest players to play a game this season

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This isn’t breaking news or anything. We just thought you’d like to know that three of the NHL’s 10 oldest players (who’ve played at least one game this season) are members of the Florida Panthers.

Oh, and the Panthers’ starting goalie? He’s the oldest starter in the league. (Scroll down.)

Here’s the list of skaters, topped by 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr:


Yet another veteran Panther, 36-year-old defenseman Brian Campbell, ranks 17th on the list.

Granted, the above list does not include 39-year-old Patrik Elias (who’s hurt) or 39-year-old Eric Boulton (who just re-signed with the Isles). As soon as those two play, Thornton will get pushed out of the top 10.

Now here’s the list of goalies who’ve started at least one game this season, topped by 36-year-old Roberto Luongo:


For the record, Luongo isn’t the oldest goalie under contract. That would be Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, who’s 37.

Related: Can Florida’s old guys hang on while the young guys get better?

Hamburglar (groin) returns, Sens demote O’Connor

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Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.

O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.

The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.

He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.