VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Though Canucks legends Trevor Linden and the Sedin twins are a thing of Vancouver hockey past, season ticket sales for the upcoming NHL season have been robust.
Jeff Stipec, COO of Canucks Sports and Entertainment, says there is a 90 per cent renewal rate of season ticket purchases ahead of the league’s October 3 start. He believes the reason for strong ticket sales is the rebuilding the Canucks have been undertaking over the past months.
Stipec says this season the Canucks are within the top 10 teams in the league when it comes to season ticket renewals.
“I think it’s the belief and the direction that the teams is going,” Stipec says. “We have these young players that are coming in and competing for spots and I think it’s created a lot of excitement. [Our fans] are eager to see where these kids land and what they can do.”
Stipec also says that Trevor Linden deserves some credit for generating excitement among fans, who he says helped bring in new, young talent, while the end of the Sedin twin’s tenure opened crucial spots for that talent.
“With the Sedins leaving, it’s opened up a couple of roster spots and a lot of interest and excitement about who’s going to fill those,” Stipec says.
Single game tickets sales will start in the middle of September. For their first season game, the Canucks will host the Calgary Flames on Oct. 3 at Rogers Arena. Puck drops at 7:00 p.m.