VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The Vancouver Canucks will be getting back on the ice in just four short months. The team announced their 82-game schedule for the upcoming 21/22 season, which begins with a two week roadtrip.
Their first game will be in Edmonton against the Oilers on Oct. 13. The team will also be the first to play the newly created Seattle Kraken at the Climate Pledge Arena, on Oct. 23.
A new season is a fresh start for the team which saw a disappointing end to last season, after 21 players and four coaching staff tested positive for COVID-19, and the team failed to make the playoffs for the fifth time in six years.
Vancouver fans will get to see their team in action at the home opener, which will be on Tuesday, Oct. 26 against the Minnesota Wild.
It will be the first time fans will be in the stands in Rogers Arena to watch a game in more than 19 months, the team said.
Although details have not been released into what that will look like exactly, it’s expected that it will be very close to pre-pandemic games. If B.C. moves to Step 4 in September, the province says it will include a return to normal sports competitions and an increased number of indoor spectators.
Fans are expected to be grateful the days of cardboard cutouts are behind them when Vancouver faces off against Hart Memorial and Art Ross Trophy winner Connor McDavid when the Oilers head to Vancouver Oct. 30.
Tickets are also expected to be hot when two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning visit Vancouver on Sunday, Mar. 13.
The #Canucks announced their 82-game schedule for the 2021.22 regular season, beginning on road, October 13th vs the Oilers. ????
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“For the first time since the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the NHL schedule includes a break in play from Feb. 7 to 22 during the 2022 Beijing Winter Games,” the Canucks said in a statement.
The last game before the Olympic break will be Tuesday, Feb. 1 at Nashville.
Tickets are not yet available for those games.