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Horgan says Vancouver Canucks will return to Rogers Arena for NHL season

Last Updated Jan 3, 2021 at 12:52 pm PDT

FILE - Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press via AP)
Summary

B.C. becomes the second province to officially approve NHL games, after Alberta

Premier John Horgan announced the news on Twitter on Sunday, saying he had spoken to team owner Francesco Aquillini

Horgan believes the enhanced health measures mean games can be played safely

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — B.C. Premier John Horgan is giving his official stamp of approval for the return of NHL hockey to Rogers Arena.

Horgan announced the news on Twitter Sunday, saying he had spoken to team owner Francesco Aquillini about the NHL’s return to play plans and believes the enhanced health measures mean games can be played safely.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning told reporters earlier on Sunday that it was the team’s understanding it would be able to play home games at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena this year.

B.C. is the second province to officially approve NHL games, coming after Alberta gave the OK on Dec. 25 following the review of protocols outlined in the league’s return-to-play plan, along with some additional enhancements.

Last week, a health official in Manitoba told The Canadian Press that the province was working toward approving games being played in Winnipeg. Officials in Ontario and Quebec have not commented on whether competition has been approved for the three teams in those provinces.

The NHL season is set to resume on Jan. 13 with a new North Division that will see the seven Canadian franchises play one another instead of crossing into the United States for games.

 

– With files from Nikitha Martins