Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks announced today the 2015.16 season schedule of events and themes for #20in20; the 20th anniversary celebration of Rogers Arena. The first of 20 special game nights begins opening night with a look back at the original opening night, on October 9, 1995, when the Canucks moved downtown, the Grizzlies were born and the world’s biggest acts landed a new destination.
The #20in20 celebration includes a selection of marquee nights with special guest appearances in addition to themed game nights honouring unique moments in Rogers Arena’s rich history. Marquee #20in20 nights include a reunion of the West Coast Express Line on Monday, December 7th versus Buffalo and the return of Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison and Todd Bertuzzi to Rogers Arena. Grizzlies Night on Monday, November 2nd vs Philadelphia is another special evening when fans can wear their Grizzlies colours alongside Canucks jerseys with pride and celebrate Vancouver’s former NBA team. And already confirmed, ’95 Retro Night welcomes back the Canucks skate logo, black jersey and uniform for one game only on Saturday, February 13th versus Toronto.
The Saturday, October 10th home opener is significant not only for the launch of #20in20; it’s a must attend game because of the annual ‘Jerseys Off Our Backs’ event for fans. ‘Jerseys Off Our Backs’ offers every fan in attendance the chance to be selected and join Canucks player’s on-ice postgame to receive a personally signed, game worn jersey.
You can join in on the #20in20 fun by participating in an interactive, fan-driven bracket challenge. By casting a vote for your favourite experience you’ll help determine the favourite fan moment in Rogers Arena history. Details will be available at Canucks.com/20in20.
A complete #20in20 schedule of marquee nights and themed games is listed below.
#20in20 MARQUEE NIGHTS
|Date ||#20in20 Marquee Night ||Details |
|Sat., Oct. 10 vs Calgary ||Opening Night ||20th anniversary kick-off Oct. 9, 1995 – Oct. 10, 2015. ‘Jerseys Off Our Backs’ |
|Mon., Nov. 2 vs Philadelphia ||Grizzlies Night ||1st NBA game, Nov. 5, 1995 |
|Mon., Dec. 7 vs Buffalo ||West Coast Express Night ||Naslund, Morrison, Bertuzzi return |
|Sat., Feb. 13 vs Toronto ||’95 Retro Night ||Skate logo & black jersey uniforms |
|Sat., Apr. 9 vs Edmonton ||We are all Canucks ||Fan Appreciation night |
#20in20 MARQUEE NIGHTS
|Date ||20 Nights Theme ||Details |
|Fri., Oct. 16 vs St. Louis ||Rockin’ the Rog ||Legendary performances, superstars & musical memories |
|Sat., Oct. 24 vs Detroit ||20 Years of Moments ||Standing O’s, fond farewells and a royal touch |
|Sun., Nov. 22 vs New Jersey ||Rogers Arena Greatest Guests ||From Oprah to Clinton, Voodoo to Ravens, MMA to Junos |
|Thurs., Dec. 3 vs Dallas ||Keepers of the Cage ||Mac to Miller and everyone in between |
|Mon., Dec. 28 vs Los Angeles ||Forever a Canuck ||Celebrating the careers of those who left too soon |
|Mon., Jan. 4 vs Arizona ||The World of Hockey ||Juniors take the stage, the very best play here |
|Mon., Jan. 11 vs Florida ||The Olympic Journey ||Hosting our nations dream, The Golden Goal, Lui and the flag, “O Canada” |
|Tue., Jan. 26 vs Nashville ||Towel Power ||White towels and slaying dragons, the passion of the playoffs |
|Thurs., Feb. 4 vs Columbus ||Heavy Hitters ||They hit, they threw, they thrilled, tough guys |
|Sun., Feb. 21 vs Colorado ||Alumni Homecoming ||The Canucks Alumni, generosity of time and spirit, fundraisers and ambassadors |
|Sun., Feb. 28 vs San Jose ||Defence never rests ||Big shots, crunching checks and a creative flair – the D men that ruled the Canucks blue line |
|Tue., Mar. 1 vs New York Islanders ||Cult Classics ||Vote for Rory, The Brabarian and a goalie named Chris. Characters who captured our imagination |
|Wed., Mar. 9 vs Arizona ||Community Night ||Wonderful causes, beautiful people and a generous community recognized |
|Wed., Mar. 16 vs Colorado ||Fan-atics! ||Green spandex, masked goalie wannabes & the man who clapped |
|Sun., Mar. 27 vs Chicago ||Sedinery ||Exceptional players and even better people. The journey of the Sedins |