Canucks open season with two games against the Flames

Austin Czerwinski/ October 3, 2018

Bo Horvat (right) and Elias Petterson (left) are expected by fans to become the stars of the team

Vancouver Canucks return to Rogers Arena this Wednesday against long-time rivals Calgary Flames.

It’s the dawn of a new age, with the first Sedinless game in 18 years. The Canucks have a young, prospective roster with rookies like Elias Pettersson. Fans will also see a familiar face in Brock Boeser, who’s injury in March left him on the bench for the rest of last season. Jake Virtanen had left practice early on Tuesday due to back spasms but according to coach Travis Green “he’s good to go” for Wednesday’s game. Because of this new talent, the fanbase is hesitant to watch a roster that has yet to prove themselves. Kingsley Bailey of believes poor management is the reason for low ticket sales.

Update: The Canucks beat the Flames 5-2. Rookie Elias Pettersson scored his NHL goal on his first NHL shot and the rematch is in Calgary on Friday, Oct. 5.

“In this letter, a message from the big Canucks owner, Francesco Aquilini, he states ‘the 2018/19 team has a brand new identity’. In the next paragraph he says ‘a long term plan in place’ and also In that paragraph he states ‘that a rebuild is a slow and gradual process’. When you put that all together with the ownership saying that, it’s telling you a lot. It’s telling you that be in there for the long haul because it’s going to be a long haul before this team gets better and in this very last paragraph he says ‘win or lose, we are going to put on a great show’. The proof’s in the pudding, if he’s coming out and saying this it’s letting you know this team isn’t that good, it’s going to be a while before it gets better and please be patient” – Kingsley Bailey,

This graphic shows the starting lineups for both teams.
(Josh Kilner, BCIT News)

With files from Josh Kilner.