Canucks fans have been given a chance to watch some of the system’s up-and-coming players take to the ice for a development camp.
The best part, aside from being able to watch some of the squad’s hopeful rising stars, it’s completely free.
The Vancouver Canucks have announced that their 2018 Summer Development Camp will take place Monday, July 2 to Thursday, July 5. Over the course of the camp, all on-ice practice sessions will be open for fans to see.
Here is the full list of confirmed players to date, although it will likely grow within the next two weeks.
Notable players who are confirmed to attend the camp thus far, include forwards Jonah Gadjovich, Kole Lind, Petrus Palmu, and goaltender Michael DiPietro.
Everyone attending the camp will have a hefty amount of weight to pull. Lind did some serious damage in Kelowna registering 95 points in 58 games. However, he only managed to register a single point in six regular-season games with the Utica Comets and will be looking to find his stature this time around.
Palmu, who recently inked a three-year, entry-level contract, will be looking to prove to both the organization and fans that his skill and hockey sense can trump his lack of size.
DiPietro, who also signed a three-year deal, received OHL Goaltender of the Year honours and the 6-foot goaltender led the OHL in shutouts. Whatever impact he makes, however, will be an attempt to challenge a larger, more experienced Thatcher Demko, who could very well be the future of Canucks goaltending.
The four-day camp ends with a “Summer Showdown” prospects game, which although requires the purchase of a ticket, is only $10 and benefits the Canucks for Kids Fund. The game will also be streamed live on the Canucks Facebook page.
As part of the festivities, there will be a ‘Fin’s Family Zone,’ games in the concourse, face painting, and a Canucks alumni autograph signing.
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Time: Entry through Gate 10 from 9 am to 12 pm
When: Monday, July 2 to Thursday, July 5, 2018
Tickets: Practices free to attend, ‘Summer Showdown’ prospects game $10