It's not often you remix a classic, but for Lunar New Year the Vancouver Canucks did just that.
The Canucks Flying Skate logo, a fan favourite the team wore during the 1990s and on special occasions this year, has been redesigned into a gold on red chest patch to celebrate the Year of the Rat as part of Vancouver's Lunar New Year game this Saturday, on January 18, 2020.
The chest patch will be part of limited-edition Canucks warm-up jerseys created by our brand team in consultation with designer Charlie "Money" Chien at Shanghai's Rice Studios.
The design, featuring a traditional red and gold colour palette symbolizing luck and fortune, honours elements of both Chinese and West Coast hockey culture. The Canucks stick-in-rink primary jersey mark has also been turned gold with this year's jersey featuring the updated Heritage mark embroidered in gold.
Rat is the first in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac, with the last occurring in 2008. Rat has characteristics of an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality and makes an important appearance on these special Canucks jerseys as shoulder patches. The Year of the Rat shoulder patches feature a rat holding the Canucks stick from the stick-in-rink logo, with Chinese character for Year of the Rat integrated into the papercut design.
The Year of the Rat officially begins January 25th and lasting to 2021 Lunar New Year's Eve on February 11th. Adam Gaudette and Jake Virtanen were both born in 1996 during the Year of the Rat, which boasts blue & green as its lucky colours.
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