October 9, 1970 - The Canucks play their first NHL game, losing 3-1 to the Los Angeles Kings at the Pacific Coliseum. Barry Wilkins scores the Canucks first goal at 2:14 of the third period against netminder Denis DeJordy. Attendance was 15,062.
Wilkins was one of Vancouver's top defenders for the first few years of the franchise before being dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1974–75 NHL season for defenseman Ab DeMarco, Jr.
The Canucks would finish up their first season with a picture perfect 24-46-8 record for 56 points which was still more points than the Detroit Red Wings (55) and California Golden Seals (45).