Kirk McLean (1987- 98)—or Captain Kirk as he was dubbed, joined the ‘Nucks via a trade in the 1987-88 season that saw Greg Adams and a second round draft choice (Leif Rohlin) join him from the New Jersey Devils.
In return the Devils acquired Patrik Sundstrom and the Canucks second and fourth round entry draft picks in 1988.
He was the last of the stand-up style goaltenders as the majority had taken on what is now know as the butterfly style.
This maybe was one of the reasons that McLean’s stats were not impressive along with the fact that he shared his position with a variety of backups.
Only twice with the Canucks did he play more than 60 games in a season.
During the 11 seasons that McLean played goal he only had two seasons where his save percentage was over .900 and his goals against average was under three (three seasons).
Yet he somehow captured lightning in a bottle in the 1993-94 season as the Canucks made their march to the Stanley Cup final.
He will be forever known for that series-saving stop in overtime of Game 7 against the Calgary Flames and Robert Reichel, where he slid across the goal with pads stacked to thwart a sure goal.
During that same playoff run he recorded back to back shut-outs against the Leafs, and who will ever forget his 52 shot save performance against the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup.
That game went to overtime and McLean made 17 saves as the Canucks won, 3-2.
That display of goaltending turned out to be the second-most saves in a Stanley Cup Finals game.
Although the Canucks lost to the Rangers in Game 7. McLean’s playoff stats were very impressive, with a 2.29 GAA, .928 save percentage, and a 15-9 posting.
Captain Kirk surpassed the Philadelphia Flyers' Ron Hextall’s 1987 record of 1,540 minutes played with 1,544.
This has since been tied by Dallas Stars Ed Belfour in 1999 and subsequently topped by Calgary Flames' Miika Kiprusoff in 2004 (1,595 minutes).
McLean was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997-98 but will forever be etched in the photograph with Trevor Linden as playoff warriors.
After retiring from the NHL in 2001 Kirk continues to live in the Vancouver area.
Candidate No. 3 for the Ring of Honour.