Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks announced today that they will honour the Canadian Forces this Sunday, November 20th when they host the Ottawa Senators at Rogers Arena. This marks the Vancouver Canucks sixth annual Canadian Forces Appreciation night held where men and women of the Canadian Forces are honoured for their dedication and professionalism while serving their country.
Loyal Canucks season ticket holders have shown their generosity and support for our Canadian Forces by donating their game tickets for Sunday’s game. More than 210 donated tickets will be distributed to the Canadian Forces prior to the game on Sunday night.
"On behalf of all the men and women of the Canadian Forces I want to thank the Canucks and their season ticket holders for their support during the last six years," said General Walt Natynczyk, the Chief of the Defence Staff. "This year we're marking the service of your Canadian Forces here in BC, while also making special note of the important daily life-saving work being done by the men and women of our 442 Search and Rescue Squadron based in the beautiful Comox Valley. I am proud of all our soldiers, sailors and airmen and airwomen, and I am honoured that the Canucks and their fans have taken their time to show they care."
The Canadian Forces night will commence with four Comox SAR Tech members, Master Corporal John Gute, Master Corporal Sean Daniell, Master Corporal Alexandre Demers and Master Corporal George Beatteay, who will rappel onto the ice from the rafters of Rogers Arena. Prior to the start of the game, Major General Jonathan Vance with the SAR Tech rappelers will take part in a ceremonial puck drop.
The National Anthem will be performed by the Band of the 15th Field Regiment, alongside the Flag Party from the Royal Westminster Regiment.
Fans are also encouraged to visit the MFRC (Military Family Resource Centre) “Support Our Troops” merchandise tables, located throughout the concourses of Rogers Arena.