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Canucks Report - Fan appreciation night

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
December 20, 2009



Alex Edler continues his recovery process since injuring his shoulder December 5 during a game against the Nashville Predators. He participated in his third straight practice with the team but is still listed as day-to-day and will not dress in tonight's game.

Edler has two goals and 17 assists in 30 games this season.

All bodies were accounted for at this morning's skate, that was attended by members of the Canucks Fan Club, except Mathieu Schneider, who was absent due to personal reasons.

The lineup is still a game time decision by Coach Alain Vigneault but will likely remain the same.

The club announced that Michael Grabner returned to the Manitoba Moose yesterday after spending the last month rehabbing an ankle injury he sustained during warmup against the Colorado.

"He doesn't need waivers to go down and the best thing to do after being out for so long is to get some playing time," said Vigneault. "They're off until the 26th, I think, so he'll get some practice time with their group and get a couple of games in and see how he'll do."

Grabner started the year in Manitoba but was recalled October 14th to help relieve injuries to the Canucks lineup. In nine games, Grabner had two goals and three assists before being sidelined.


The Canucks host their annual Fan Appreciation Night at GM Place tonight as the St. Louis Blues make a visit to GM Place.

The night is dedicated to the fans who support the team night in and night out to help make the team a success and features “Jerseys Off Our Backs” with players giving away their jerseys to luckily selected fans.

“We are thrilled to honour the greatest fans in the NHL,” said Canucks Sports and Entertainment President and General Manager Mike Gillis. “This night is a tradition we look forward to and just one small way we can thank our fans for their continued loyal support.”

The “Jerseys Off Our Backs” celebration will see Canucks players present their game-worn sweaters to 24 lucky fans at the conclusion of the game in an effort to thank them for their support. Fans will be chosen through a random draw and escorted onto the ice after the final buzzer sounds.

Fan Appreciation Night also offers Canucks fans the chance to win a number of great prizes at the game. Tickets to a hospitality suite accommodating up to 34 people will be given to one lucky fan. Other key prizing includes an Air Canada Business Class flight and a meet and greet with a Vancouver Canucks player. Additional prizing includes iPod Shuffles, a Sony HD television, a mobile phone courtesy of Telus, a Playstation gaming console, and Sirius satellite radios.

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