VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s going to be a night of swag and ceremony at Rogers Arena as the Vancouver Canucks take the ice for the 50th home opener in the team’s history.
“It’s in many ways our official kickoff to the 50th season,” says Chris Brumwell, the Canucks’ Vice President of Communications, Fan and Community Engagement. “It gives us an opportunity to look back at and honour our history while looking forward as we launch a new era of Canucks hockey.”
Wednesday night’s event will feature the centre-ice presentation of the team’s new captain. Centre Bo Horvat, 24, is widely expected to get the nod.
Canucks alumni will be signing autographs as part of a pre-game celebration in the plaza outside Rogers Arena. Inside, fans can expect commemorative keepsakes, a highly-produced opening video, and a Calder trophy photo-op.
The jackpot for the 50-50 draw is also expected to be sizable.
“We originally started at estimating a $500,000 jackpot. We’ve upped it to $800,000, and who knows, it could push upwards of a million depending on how the momentum strikes people,” says Brumwell.
The Canucks are hosting the Los Angeles Kings, the team they played in the very first home opener in 1970.
-With files from Sonia Aslam