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Special events planned for Vancouver Canucks 50th home opener

Last Updated Oct 9, 2019 at 6:49 am PDT

(Ann Schmaltz, NEWS 1130 Photo)

The Vancouver Canucks take the ice on Wednesday for the 50th home opener in the team's history

The Canucks home opener will feature centre-ice presentation of team's new captain on Wednesday

Jackpot for the 50-50 draw at the Canucks home opener is expected to be sizable

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.

Puck drop is at 7 p.m. You can catch the game on Sportsnet 650 and Sportsnet Pacific, as well as updates on NEWS 1130 every :15 and :45 past the hour.

-With files from Sonia Aslam