The Canucks: A Photo History of Vancouver’s Team


Jun 18 - Aug 2


The Polygon Gallery, 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver


KiSS RADiO and The Polygon Gallery present 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. 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.

Note that the Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday from 9:00am until 3:00pm


Please review the safety measures we have implemented before visiting the gallery.


1) Legendary Vancouver weightlifter and professional wrestler Doug Hepburn performs a feat of strength – lifting a platform with six Vancouver Canuck hockey players up using his back, October 2, 1954. PHOTO CREDIT: Roy LeBlanc / Vancouver Sun

2) Camera reveals the snowy aftermath of a goal against Dunc Wilson. Ralph Bower was the first photographer to mount a camera with a 20mm lens in the net. December 1971. PHOTO CREDIT: Ralph Bower / Vancouver Sun


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