Saturday will mark the 13th and final Vancouver Canucks game of the 2019-20 regular season postponed (if not cancelled) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Canucks were due to take on the Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Arena — perhaps with their first playoff berth in five seasons on the horizon.
The game was scheduled to be “Fan Appreciation Night,” but the Canucks have figured out another way to give back to the community in its place.
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The Canucks for Kids Fund will launch an online 50/50 raffle to support coronavirus relief, beginning at noon on Saturday, April 4 until Saturday, April 11 at 9 pm. The jackpot will be given an immediate boost, as it will include $40,000 from unclaimed jackpots from preseason games.
Tickets will be available for purchase online for the following prices:
- 3 Tickets for $5
- 7 Tickets for $10
- 50 Tickets for $20
- 150 Tickets for $50
Fan hero awards
The final game of the regular season is also the time when the Canucks usually hand out player awards. Instead, the Canucks have launched a Fan Hero Awards program to “celebrate the passion, dedication, and support of everyday heroes and the personal contributions they’ve made in communities throughout BC.”
The Canucks are inviting fans to submit nominations, beginning tomorrow through Monday, April 13. Winners of each category will be celebrated on the team’s social media channels and awarded customized Canucks jerseys in recognition of their acts of service.
Here’s a look at the awards that will be handed out, with accompanying descriptions.
Unsung Hero: Essential Services Worker
Never looking for attention, but always looking out for others, these individuals are keeping our communities operational through their tremendous efforts and dedication.
Best Defenceman: Health Care Worker or First Responder
Every day, these individuals are putting the needs of others first, standing on the front line, working tirelessly to keep us all safe.
Most Exciting Player: Local Small Business or Community Group
Jumping at the opportunity to help, these local businesses or groups have rallied together in their communities to provide aid and support, in any way possible.
MVP: Any Outstanding Individual Making a Difference
Everyday heroes, taking time out of their day to help others whenever they can. During these unprecedented times, they have stepped up to the challenge to help others wherever possible.