Vancouver, B.C. – As part of the Rogers Arena #20in20 celebration, “Grizzlies” night will feature a special appearance and ceremonial puck drop from former Vancouver Grizzlies great Shareef Abdur-Rahim when the Canucks take on the Flyers on Monday, November 2nd. The evening-long tribute and celebration of the Grizzlies six-seasons in Vancouver will also feature special video highlights and other fun surprises.
Fans are encouraged to wear their Grizzlies colours alongside Canucks jerseys to celebrate Vancouver’s former NBA team. For one night only, the Canucks Team Store inside Rogers Arena will also have retro Vancouver Grizzlies memorabilia for sale including jerseys, t-shirts and hats.
Drafted third overall by Vancouver in the 1996 NBA Draft, Abdur-Rahim went on to lead the Grizzlies in scoring in his rookie season en route to earning NBA All-Rookie First Team honours. In 375 games over five seasons in Vancouver, Abdur-Rahim averaged 20.8 points and 8.2 rebounds. Over his 12 year NBA career, Abdur-Rahim played for four teams (Vancouver Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, and Sacramento Kings) averaging 18.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He was named an NBA All-Star during the 2001-02 season and captured a gold medal with Team USA during the 2000 Summer Olympics. Following his retirement as a player in 2008, Abdur-Rahim joined the Sacramento Kings coaching staff and later served as assistant general manager until 2014.
Abdur-Rahim has positively impacted the community throughout his career. In 2001, he founded the Future Foundation which continues to help at-risk and underprivileged youth in his home state of Georgia. The Foundation provides support systems for disadvantaged youth in order to increase their opportunities for post-secondary education.
The Vancouver Grizzlies played at Rogers Arena for six seasons. A member of the Midwest Division of the Western Conference, the Grizzlies were established in 1995, along with the Toronto Raptors, as part of the NBA’s expansion into Canada. In 2001, the team was relocated to Memphis, Tennessee.
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