The Vancouver Canucks are starting a new tradition, beginning in Kelowna.
Prospera Place, the home of the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, will be the site for Vancouver’s final preseason game this season, as the Canucks give fans in the Okanagan something to get excited about on September 29.
“Kelowna has a rich hockey history and we are excited to play in front of great fans in the Okanagan,” said Canucks president of hockey operations Trevor Linden. “The preseason marks the start of what will be a great year for hockey fans in BC, as in addition to the continued development and growth of our team, we have the privilege of welcoming the hockey world to both the 2019 World Juniors and 2019 NHL Entry Draft at Rogers Arena.”
Playing home games in cities around British Columbia will become an annual thing for the Canucks during the preseason, the team announced. That’s likely good news for cities like Victoria, Kamloops, Prince George, Penticton, and Cranbrook, that have similar-sized arenas to the 5,507-seat Prospera Place.
Vancouver will host three games in three consecutive days against the Oilers, Flames, and Kings, before heading on the road, as the team released its full preseason schedule on Wednesday.
The Canucks will visit a second non-NHL arena on September 24, as they play a road game in Salt Lake City hosted by the Los Angeles Kings.
|Tue, Sep 18||Edmonton||Vancouver||Rogers Arena|
|Wed, Sep 19||Calgary||Vancouver||Rogers Arena|
|Thu, Sep 20||Los Angeles||Vancouver||Rogers Arena|
|Sat, Sep 22||Calgary||Calgary||Scotiabank Saddledome|
|Mon, Sep 24||Los Angeles||Salt Lake City||Vivint Smart Home Arena|
|Tue, Sep 25||Edmonton||Edmonton||Rogers Place|
|Sat, Sep 29||Arizona||Kelowna||Prospera Place|
The Canucks will hold training camp in Whistler this year sometime before September 18, after hosting it locally at Rogers Arena this past season.
Ticket information for preseason games in Vancouver and Kelowna will be released at a later date, although fans can sign up for the single-game pre-sale through the Canucks website.