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Canucks Report: Off to San Jose

Vancouver opens its pre-season schedule

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Canucks Writer

Bo Horvat walked down the Canucks tunnel Tuesday morning and chuckled as he stepped out onto the bench.

"I didn't expect to become a veteran so quickly," he laughed. "I'm with Virt and Baer tonight - and we're the vets!"

Horvat will indeed play alongside Sven Baertschi and Jake Virtanen when the Canucks open the pre-season Tuesday night in San Jose; the trio combines for 343 NHL games played. With the likes of Tuomo Ruutu (735 games) and James Sheppard (394 games) also in the line-up, Horvat and company won't truly be the team's more experienced players, but they'll be looked upon as such.

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Canucks Reduce Pre-Season Roster

GM Jim Benning announced six cuts after training camp

by Canucks Media Relations @canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have reduced their pre-season roster by six players.

The following players have been assigned to their junior clubs:

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Single Game Tickets on Sale Sept. 27

Marquee match-ups expected to sell fast. Plus two new price categories introduced!

by Canucks Media Relations @canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Canucks are reminding fans that single game tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM at Canucks.com/Tickets. The best tickets to marquee match ups are expected to sell quickly.

The Canucks have also introduced two new price categories this season, including upper bowl tickets starting at $40 and two lower bowl end zone sections starting at $99 per game. The goal is to provide even more opportunities for fans to experience Canucks games live this season.

Fans can purchase single game tickets online in real-time pricing at Canucks.com/SingleGame or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-855-523-6800. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster Ticket Centres and at the Toyota Ticket Centre, located at Gate 10 at Rogers Arena, beginning Tuesday, September 27th at 10:00 AM. 

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Resurgent Rodin

Seven years after being drafted, Rodin on cusp of NHL

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Canucks Writer

Of the 60 players selected in the first two rounds of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, 50 have played at least one NHL game.

Anton Rodin, drafted 53rd overall by the Canucks that year, is set to become the 51st to play in the big league this season, if all goes according to plan.

Then again, nothing has gone according to plan for Rodin.

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Pair of Aces

Projected D-partners skate together on Day 2

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Canucks Writer

The chemistry has just begun and there's already been a reaction.

The Vancouver Canucks, made up of 60 players split into three groups, began practicing at Meadow Park Sports Centre in Whistler Friday, and it was rise and shine for Group A with ice time at 8:30 a.m.

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Canucks camp battles

Many players set to compete for few positions

by Ryan Biech @ryanbiech / Canucks Freelance Writer

With the Young Stars classic in the rear-view mirror, the Canucks organization turns its attention to training camp, which officially began Thursday at Rogers Arena. Now that the physical testing is done, the Canucks are in Whistler about to hit the ice and begin a camp that comes with many questions throughout the line-up.

Looking at the forward group, it's clear that Henrik and Daniel Sedin will once again occupy the first line, but could see a new winger with newcomer Loui Eriksson, who is currently occupying that spot with them at the World Cup. In the mix for that spot, is incumbent Jannik Hansen, who had a career-high 22 goals alongside the Sedins last season.

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Canucks training camp opens

Players, staff and management report to Rogers Arena

by Derek Jory @NoJoryous / Canucks Writer

It's go time.

The Vancouver Canucks officially opened training camp Thursday morning at Rogers Arena with 60 players running the gauntlet through physical and mental testing, getting headshots and of course meeting the media.

Coach Willie Desjardins and general manager Jim Benning spoke with the media to kick off the day and both expressed excitement towards the upcoming season. Desjardins was asked, frankly, if it's reasonable to expect a straight-shot back to the playoffs after missing the post-season a year ago.

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Canucks to Support Annual Raise-a-Reader Week

The Canucks continue to be part of the Vancouver Sun's 20th annual literacy initiative

by Canucks Media Relations @canucks / Vancouver Canucks

VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Vancouver Canucks announced today their participation in Vancouver Sun's 20th Annual Raise-a-Reader fundraising campaign beginning Thursday, September 22, 2016 in support of family literacy programs across British Columbia. Ben Hutton, Brandon Sutter, Derek Dorsett and Alex Edler are proudly lending their time and voices to the campaign.

Raise-a-Reader will consist of a new format for 2016, as the campaign transitions from a day-long celebration of literacy and fundraising, to a user-friendly online platform to collect donations from anyone with a passion for supporting family literacy programs across BC. Canucks fans are encouraged to log-on to http://www.nhl.com/canucks/community/raiseareader to donate now.

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Jack Skille signed to Professional Try-Out Contract

The right winger joins Tuomo Ruutu, James Sheppard and Kevin Carr, also on PTOs

by Canucks Media Relations @canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed right wing Jack Skille to a professional try-out contract. 

Skille, 29, appeared in 74 games with the Colorado Avalanche last season, registering 14 points (8-6-14) along with 11 penalty minutes. The 6-1, 216-pound forward has amassed 75 points (38-37-75) and 106 penalty minutes in 313 NHL regular season games split between Chicago, Florida, Columbus and Colorado.

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Stecher blog - 9.18.16

A win, family time and sushi - lots of sushi

by Troy Stecher @troystecher / Young Stars blogger

Muuuuuch better.

We earned a 3-2 win over Winnipeg this afternoon and it goes without saying winning leads to much better feelings than losing. Highlight of the game for me was getting some love from the crowd after the in-game announcer called out the assists on our first goal. I just put a harmless puck on net and coach Green told us before the game to capitalize on our second and third chances, which we didn't do against Edmonton. Obviously we did against Winnipeg and it led to an assist for me.

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