Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Orland Kurtenbach played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL), playing for a couple of different teams and also had stints in the American Hockey League (AHL) and the Western Hockey League (WHL).
Kurtenbach though, is remembered most for a particular four (4) season stint in Vancouver. He played with the Canucks during their inaugural season in the NHL in 1970. Kurtenbach served as the franchise’s first captain and was regarded as a true leader amongst his teammates.
That season however, was not his first stop in Vancouver, Kurtenbach played two (2) seasons for the Canucks in the WHL. Kurtenbach became the first member to be displayed on the Vancouver Canucks “Ring of Honour” with a plaque in the rafters of the arena. Since his recognition in 2010, Kurtenbach has been joined by; Kirk McLean, Thomas Gradin, Harold Snepsts, Pat Quinn, and Mattias Ohlund.
Orland Kurtenbach was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 1997 and the BC Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.