It was revealed today that our man Harold Snepsts will be the fourth inductee to the Canucks’ Ring of Honour later this season, making him the final honouree of this 40th anniversary season.
Big Harold joins Orland Kurtenbach (the inaugural captain), Kirk McLean (the franchise’s best clutch goaltender) and Thomas Gradin (the pioneering skillful Swede) as Ring of Honour members.
Snepsts was a colourful and popular player back in the day. And in the end, after 40 years of franchise history, he still holds the record for most games played by a defensemen. Most importantly, he was an intimidating presence on a team that sorely needed it. And remarkably, he played in two NHL all-star games.
If the decisions were up to us, we would have made the exact same appointments as the Canucks have to date with respect to Ring of Honour recognition so we are giving Mike Gillis and company the big thumbs up. So far.
Of course, having finalized the inaugural four inductees for the Ring of Honour, the question of what to do with Pavel Bure must be brought up again. At some point, he must be honoured in some fashion (either full fledged jersey retirement or Ring of Honour). And as our readers know, we think it should be jersey retirement joining Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden and Markus Naslund with this highest franchise honour.
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