By: Trent Leith / November 7, 2023
The Canucks have announced their community celebration and fan engagement nights for the first half of the 2023-24 season.
While the Canucks can no longer wear their fantastic jerseys for warm-ups, they are still designing, making, and auctioning special jerseys for marginalized communities and social initiatives. The Canucks will also be allowed to wear special tape on their stick should they choose to, thanks in large part to the actions of Travis Dermott.
We have yet to see how the Canucks plan to celebrate these nights off the ice. Other teams in the NHL have worn their specialty jerseys from their cars into the games to be shown off in their team’s fit checks. We will see how the Canucks chose to celebrate in the coming weeks.
“We are proud of the role we play connecting and celebrating our diverse community and fanbase through these special nights, and are excited about this season’s events,” said Michael Doyle, President, Canucks Sports & Entertainment, Business Operations. “These celebrations highlight and inform our fans about some incredible causes and initiatives; using our hockey platform to help amplify and support many communities. Our entire organization is excited to make these nights a memorable occasion for all who attend.”
So far the Canucks have announced nine games in their upcoming schedule to go along with their Flying-Skate jerseys.
The first of these events comes on November 15th when the Canucks play the New York Islanders at Rogers Arena.
These jerseys include themes of light overcoming darkness, and the fusion of peacocks, a bird native to southern Asia, and the phoenix which represents renewal, one of the themes of the Diwali celebration.
Fans will be able to attend a game day celebration on the North Plaza featuring bhangra performances, a live DJ, and more. Inside Rogers Arena, there will be food samples from South Asian-led businesses and a full line of merchandise featuring the new Diwali Logo.
The remaining nights are as follows, with more details to come.
- Diwali Night: November 15 vs. New York Islanders
- Autism Acceptance: November 20 vs. San Jose Sharks
- Hockey Fights Cancer: November 28 vs. Anaheim Ducks
- First Nations Celebration Night: December 5 vs. New Jersey Devils
- Armed Forces Night: December 9 vs. Carolina Hurricanes
- Roberto Luongo Ring of Honour Night: December 14 vs. Florida Panthers
- Holiday Season Celebration: December 23 vs. San Jose Sharks
- Pride Night: January 18 vs. Arizona Coyotes
- Lunar New Year: January 27 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets