‘Thrilled’: Canucks hosting training camp in Victoria; tickets on sale now

'Thrilled': Canucks hosting training camp in Victoria; tickets on sale now
Vancouver Canucks' Akito Hirose (36) comes over the boards onto the ice for his first career NHL shift during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings in Vancouver, on Sunday, April 2, 2023.

The Vancouver Canucks are headed to Victoria this month for their annual training camp, and now fans can score their tickets.

The Canucks announced Tuesday that tickets were on sale for the upcoming camp, or open practices, happening Sept. 21-24 at Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena. Tickets cost $5 and 100 per cent of the proceeds go to the Moose Hide Campaign.

The campaign, which started in 2011, is a B.C.-born Indigenous-led grassroots movement to engage men and boys in ending violence towards women and children.

In May, the Canucks said they were coming to Victoria, and at the time Jim Rutherford, president of hockey operations, said he was “delighted.” He said the team has a long history of training on Vancouver Island.

“Taking our team outside of Vancouver to start the year allows us to connect with our loyal fans from across the province. We look forward to utilizing Victoria’s great facilities and beautiful surroundings to kick off the new season,” said Rutherford.

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Along with open practices, there will also be free activations on-site so fans can gather and celebrate the new hockey season. On Monday the Canucks named defenceman Quinn Hughes as the 15th captain in franchise history.

For Mike Strawn, the camp is a hat trick: it’s good for the fans, the staff at the arena and the community in general.

Stawn, vice-president of sports, media and entertainment at GSL Group, which owns the Save-On-Foods Arena, says staff there are “thrilled to host the Canucks…” adding, “Victoria fans are passionate about their hockey.”

The Canucks haven’t hosted a camp in Victoria since 2019. They say they hosted their first camp in B.C.’s capital in 1974 and have returned several times since.

They’ve also held camps in other Island municipalities, including Courtenay, Duncan and Parksville, as well as on the Sunshine Coast in Powell River.

Get tickets here.

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