The Vancouver Canucks is the NHL (National Hockey League) professional hockey team in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia. The Canucks have been in existence since 1970 when they joined the NHL as an expansion team. The team has used different logo designs over the years. In 1997, the Vancouver Canucks unveiled a new logo design which captured part of the Pacific Northwest region where Vancouver is located in.
The logo design by Vancouver artist Brent Lynch introduced in 1997 featured a breaching killer whale orca whale breaking out of a patch of ice. The orca and the ice together formed the letter 'C' (for Canucks). Many people feel that it was not surprising that the Canucks chose to use an orca since the company that owned the team was one called Orca Bay.
The Vancouver Canucks orca was definitely inspired by Pacific Northwest Native art and some say particularly Haida style. The baring teeth does show some resemblance to those on Pacific Northwest Native art orca carvings. However, some Northwest Native artists say that the Canucks orca does not have enough traditional elements and shapes that make it an actual Pacific Northwest Native art design.
In 2007, the Vancouver Canucks unveiled a new team jersey with colors similar to those they used when they first started in the NHL in 1970 but the orca design was retained.
In any case, official Vancouver Canucks team jerseys, t-shirts and caps with the orca are available at IceJerseys - when you get to their website, see the left column under Hockey Collection and click on NHL West, then Vancouver Canucks. You can then see over 30 different hockey jerseys and other items that have the orca design.
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