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by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

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The Vancouver Canucks announced today the expected roster and schedule of their Veteran training camp sessions opening September 19th. The Vancouver Canucks Training Camp will see all on-ice practice sessions open to the public. Admission to practices at Meadow Park Sports Centre in Whistler, B.C., is complimentary.

36 players are scheduled to report to General Motors Place on Friday, September 19th for pre-training camp medicals and testing. Veteran players will join prospects continuing on from the Prospects Training Camp for Training Camp in Whistler.

The players will take to the ice at Meadow Park Sports Centre on Saturday, September 20th and Sunday, September 21st. On-ice sessions will be split into two groups and will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by a second on-ice session at 11:00 a.m., with media availability to follow each session.

The Canucks team is returning from a long off-season with a decidedly different look, with many new players joining the club. However, star goaltender, Roberto Luongo, is looking forward to training camp and the new season after a re-energizing summer.

"It reminds me a bit of two years ago when I got here," he said. "There were a lot of new faces and a lot of people didn't know what to expect and we ended up having a great season. I get the same feeling a bit this year."

"I think the guys are going to be excited to play and once we all get together and play as a team, I think we're capable of great things."

Luongo's positive outlook is mirrored by the prospects joining the veterans at Training Camp, coming off a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers rookie squad in the Oil Country Rookie Tournament. Cory Schneider  who made 26 saves in the victory and the other selected prospects want to prove they deserve a spot on the Canucks roster.

"There are heightened expectations, both for myself and management and people watching," said Schneider after the Tuesday night victory. "For me to meet those expectations, that was a good thing tonight. I feel more confident, a sense of belonging. It's up to me. If I give them a reason not to call me up, that's my fault. I'm hoping to open some eyes in the main camp."

45 players attending Training Camp this weekend. For the full roster please click here.

Please note rosters and schedule are subject to change.

*Below is the tentative schedule for Canucks Training Camp.
Sept. 19 9:30-11:00 am GM Place Veterans Media Availability
Sept. 20-21 9:00-10:30 am Whistler Veterans On-Ice (first group)
  10:45-11:30 am Whistler Veterans Off-Ice
  11:30 am Whistler Veterans Media Availability
  11:00-12:30 pm Whistler Veterans On-Ice (second group)
  12:45-1:30 pm Whistler Veterans Off-Ice
  1:30 pm Whistler Veterans Media Availability
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