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Canucks Legend: #27 Harold Snepsts

01/10/2007 at 1:03pm EST

imageA while back, Global Television did a series on the 7 Greatest Canucks of all time. Since the team is currently on a 7-game win-streak and I just tossed off a list of the Best 7 Players in the Last 7, there continue to be signs of number 7 strangeness.

For instance, the first video issued in that series was a profile on Harold Snepsts, #27, which a good hockey fan was kind enough to upload to YouTube on January 7, 2007.

Yeah, I think I’m getting carried away with the #7, but what the hell.

Anyway, I also thought that all this recent Rory Fitzpatrick business made it a perfectly good moment to bring a little Snepsts into everyone’s life. After all, this hard-working, lunch-bucket player made it to two NHL All Star games—1977 and 1982.

Harold Snepsts was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in 1974 and played in the NHL for 17 seasons in total (though only 11-1/2 as a Canuck). He was probably the most loved Canuck of all time, as the video will show. Some great stories.

From Vancouver Canucks Legends I swiped this snippet:

Harold was a hugely popular player on the west coast, perhaps the most popular ever. He was a cult hero in the old Pacific Coliseum, where fans would boisterously chant “Haaar-Old! .... Haaar-Old!....Haaar-Old!” over and over. Even in the later years of his career when he would revisit Vancouver as a member of another club, the fans would cheer for their hero.

Snepsts making the NHL was an odd-defying feat. Edmonton Journal writer Mark Spector might have put it best when he wrote “Harold Snepsts was the ultimate diamond in the rough. Light on the diamond, heavy on the . . . well, you get the picture.”
... and there’s much more.

Harold Snepsts was inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.

Oh, and that signed hockey card pictured at the top of this post? It’s Snepsts 1977 OPC card. Just thought it was cool.

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