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The last original Canuck (SPH)

Ernie Dougherty at home in West Vancouver. (Photo credit: Vancouver Sun)
Ernie Dougherty at home in West Vancouver. (Photo credit: Vancouver Sun)

The Vancouver Canucks are celebrating their 50th season in the National Hockey League. But the name didn’t originate with the NHL — the Canucks was the name of a minor league team that started playing at the Forum in 1945-46.

Only one player is left from the original Canucks — Ernie Dougherty. But he cautions he wasn’t a regular on the 1945-46 squad.

“You’ve got to let the people know I was strictly a utility player,” said Dougherty. “But I outlasted everybody else.”

He did. Dougherty was born at St. Paul’s Hospital on Nov. 23, 1924, which makes him 95 next month.

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