WHISTLER (NEWS 1130) — Bad news for Vancouver Canucks fans in Sea-to-Sky Country: the team won’t be in Whistler for its annual training camp this September.
This year, the Canucks are heading to Victoria. The training camp takes place over three days at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria from Sept. 13 to Sept. 15.
But it’s bad news for Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton — that city has hosted the camp over the past few years. He says he hopes they come back to his city soon.
“I think having the Canucks in town is a real inspiration to kids who play hockey here, and we look forward to those years where we have the privilege of having them in town,” he says.
Crompton says having the team come to the Sea-to-Sky Country has been great for local hockey fans.
“It’s a big deal; obviously, you can imagine the rink is full of kids when the Cancuks are in town.”
The training camps includes two pre-season games in the capital. It’s the first time the camp has been in Victoria since 2007.
For those in Victoria, all Canucks practices are open to the public with a $5 admission fee. Net proceeds go to charity.