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On This Day In Canucks History: June 10

June 10th, 1970: Vancouver makes defenseman Gary Doak (from Boston) its first selection in the NHL expansion draft.


Doak had a pretty simple, if unspectacular career up until Vancouver made him the first Canuck:

Doak's biggest career break came when he was claimed by the expansion Vancouver Canucks in 1970. Plenty of ice time coupled with fewer injuries allowed him to excel as a textbook, stay-at-home blueliner who tattooed impressions of his shoulders and elbows onto any opponents who came within range.



After Doak retired, he was a Boston Bruin's assistant coach from 1981–85 and also coached two years at the University of Massachusetts in Boston as well.