The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver’s Team

Photo Credit: Ralph Bower

The Polygon Gallery presents The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver’s Team, an exhibition of photographs looking back on the history of the Vancouver Canucks. The rare photos on view span decades, beginning in the 1950s and ’60s when the Canucks played in the Western Hockey League, through the team’s franchising with the National Hockey League from 1970 onward.

Long-time Vancouver Sun photographer Ralph Bower captured many of the images on view, which include never-before-seen photos from his personal collection alongside photographs generously on loan from the Vancouver Sun Archives and related ephemera.

Ralph Bower documented the Vancouver Canucks longer than any other photographer. He was an innovator of new techniques in sports photography, being the first to mount a camera inside the goalie’s net and operate it remotely.

View some of Ralph’s amazing photos HERE

Bower’s photos capture action-packed plays and landmark moments, including the Canucks’ first-ever goal as an NHL team. Key figures recur throughout the images, such as Pat Quinn playing for the Canucks in 1970, and later working as the team’s Coach, President and General Manager. This exhibition joyfully celebrates the game, the history, and the people of hockey in Vancouver.

The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver’s Team is presented on the special occasion of Rogers Hometown Hockey in North Vancouver, March 14-15.

Admission is BY DONATION
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm / Monday – Closed

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