Another day, another itinerary packed with activities.
Thursday is a bit of a lighter day, if you will, with the prospects spending the morning between an Iron Chef presentation and yoga class. Still divided into groups A & B, the prospects took in two hour-and-a-half classes, one pointing out the finer points of nutrition to ensure energy and fight like a dog, the other preaching downward dog.
”What a great morning for a stretch! (I'm in the middle)” http://tweetphoto.com/31498267 prospect Kevin Connauton tweeted from @VanCanucks.
After lunch the prospects will go through a dynamic warm-up before spending time on the ice and in the gym. Since Tuesday the players have had meetings with Canucks staff and trainers to analyze everything from their skating to their fitness testing so they’re being looked upon to make improvements from earlier in the week.
MIKE GILLIS ROAST?
That’s what part of the Summer Summit felt like Wednesday night as season ticket holders were given an open microphone to ask Canucks GM Mike Gillis anything and everything.
Among the more difficult questions Gillis faced included: “Will Pavel Bure’s #10 be retired by the Canucks?” and “Did you, for even a second, consider going after Dustin Byfuglien?”
Fans seemed to enjoy putting Gillis on the hot seat, although he worked his way through the questions with ease.
One of the bigger surprises of the night was the appearances of newcomers Dan Hamhuis and Manny Malhotra, who joined Mike Gillis, Victor de Bonis, Orland Kurtenbach, Stan Smyl and hosts Jim Robson and John Shorthouse on stage for the second half of the night.
During the hour-long program a few significant announcements were made by the Canucks in celebration of the team’s 40th year in the NHL. Below is a rundown of what was discussed, for more information check out Canucks.com/40th.
MARKUS NASLUND NIGHT
The Vancouver Canucks will retire longtime captain Markus Naslund’s #19 to the rafters at Rogers Arena on Saturday, December 11th when the Canucks host the Tampa Bay Lightning. Naslund retired from the NHL following the 2008.09 season as the Canucks all-time leader in points with 756. Naslund played 12 of his 15 NHL seasons in a Canucks uniform and was the captain between 2000.01 and 2007.08. In a Canucks uniform, Naslund led the team in scoring for a club record seven seasons, scored 30 or more goals six different times and enjoyed three consecutive seasons with 40 or more goals. READ MORE
RING OF HONOUR
The Ring of Honour initiative will launch this season and is intended to celebrate and salute Canuck heroes who have made a lasting impact on the franchise. This on-going initiative will see four members inducted this season beginning on Tuesday, October 26th when the Canucks host the Colorado Avalanche. The first to be inducted in the Ring of Honour will be the Canucks first captain, former Head Coach and an active member of the Canucks Alumni for over 40 years, Orland Kurtenbach. Each Ring of Honour Night will include an on-ice presentation, a video tribute and the unveiling of a permanent in-arena display.
Canucks alternate captain and recipient of the 2009.10 Art Ross and Hart Trophies, Henrik Sedin, unveiled in a video presentation the ‘original sweater’ from 1970 that the club will wear several times this season. The Canucks will wear the sweater, originally designed by Joe Borovich, on opening night when they host the Los Angeles Kings on October 9th. The sweater, which features the ‘Stick and Rink’ logo on the chest, is white with blue and green accents. The ‘original sweater’ worn by the club in their inaugural season also features a large ‘V’ for Vancouver on each sleeve with only the player number on the back and no name bar.
The Canucks also unveiled the 40th mark that will be worn on their 'original sweater', as a helmet decal and at centre ice at Rogers Arena all season long.
40 STORIES - 40 NIGHTS
The Canucks unveiled their season long plan to celebrate the many people, characters and stories that have made up their history. The 40 Stories-40 Nights initiative will allow the club to engage its fans in-arena, online, on television and in print publications with the lasting memories that we all share as Canucks fans.