Canucks fever hits the Lower Mainland

Niqhil Velji  / January 31st, 2020

Canucks merchandise is flying off the shelves as the team gears up for a playoff run.

The Vancouver Canucks are first in the Pacific Division and hockey fever is coming back to the Lower Mainland.

After years of being in the NHL’s basement, it looks like the Canucks are heading back to the NHL playoffs. Fielding a competitive team is what Vancouverites have been waiting for since 2015.

Sat Shah from Sportsnet 650 described Vancouver as a fickle hockey market. When the team is winning the city see’s a notable increase in supporters.

A Burnaby located sports store has seen a massive rise in the number of sales of Canucks related products. With transcending level talents like Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes merchandise is flying off the shelves.

“I can say that jersey sales for this store is up a good 50-100%. When the Canucks were at the bottom of the standings and not playing an entertaining style of play, it’s reflective in the bottom line.”

– Troy Gervais, The Collectors Den

Restaurants located near Rogers Arena have also gained an economic benefit, as more people are heading downtown to watch the team play.

 “You’ll find that we see a 15% increase in the amount of reservations opposed to people just walking in trying to go through the day. We have put reservation policies put in place because the Canucks track so much traction.”

Nicholas Belin, Manager at Browns Social House.

Shah adds the sky is the limit for this market. When the team officially clinches a playoff spot, the pandemonium from Canucks fans will hit different heights. He expects the city to fully embrace a 2020 Canucks playoff run.