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Honoring The West Coast Express

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

It’s not surprising that Brendan Morrison remembered where he was when the Pitt Meadows native won the hockey lottery.

Who wouldn’t?

“I remember the game clearly, the first time I played with these guys — it was in Detroit — and I was put into a phenomenal situation,” he said Monday of being aligned with Canucks teammates Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi on Jan. 9, 2002.

“We clicked, and we kind of rolled from there. It was kind of a dream scenario. At that time, I don’t know if there were two better players in their positions.”

The line would score twice in the first period and combine for six points in an overtime loss to the Red Wings on that fateful night.

It was only a tease of what would become the following season for the famed West Coast Express.

They all hit career highs as rivals hit the panic button trying to contain Naslund’s quick and accurate wrist shot, Morrison’s playmaking and Bertuzzi’s intimidating presence as the game’s premiere power forward.


Below, watch some highlights from the "West Coast Express"...

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  Tags: brendan+morrison, markus+naslund, todd+bertuzzi


TreKronor's avatar

Man I miss Bertuzzi.  He sure was rare.

Posted by TreKronor on 12/08/15 at 12:08 PM ET

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