Try to contain your excitement, but Sami Salo and Ed Jovanovski are coming home!
Two of the best defencemen in Vancouver Canucks franchise history will be back at Rogers Arena, as Salo and Jovanovski return for Sunday’s game against the San Jose Sharks.
Both players will perform the ceremonial puck drop at centre ice before the game as part of Rogers Arena’s 20th anniversary “Defence Never Rests” night. Jyrki Lumme will also be on hand, as the Canucks celebrate the best defencemen to play for the franchise in the last twenty years.
Salo and Jovanovski rank 7th and 8th, respectively, in all-time points by a Canucks defenceman.
Salo first joined the Canucks back in 2002 after he was acquired in a trade for Peter Schaefer. He played nine seasons with the team and was consistently one of their best defencemen throughout that time.
Salo was most well known for having arguably the best slap shot of any player in Canucks history. Who could forget his two power play goals in Game 4 against San Jose in the 2011 Conference Final?
Jovanovski made his Canucks debut back in 1999, after he was included in the Pavel Bure trade with Florida. ‘Jovo Cop’ played seven seasons with the Canucks and was arguably the team’s top defenceman for most of his tenure.
In his time as a Canuck, Jovo was named to three consecutive NHL All-Star Games between 2001-2003 and played for Canada at the Olympics in 2002. Jovanovski holds the record for most goals by a Canucks defenceman in a single playoff year, scoring 7 times in 14 games during the 2003 playoffs.
The Canucks are encouraging fans attending the 4:00 pm game to be in their seats by 3:50 pm for the pre-game ceremony.