The Vancouver Canucks will host this September’s training camp at the CN Centre in Prince George.
Canucks president of hockey operations Trevor Linden made the blockbuster announcement Wednesday morning during a news conference at the CN Centre — a 5,964-seat arena and home to the Western Hockey League’s Prince George Cougars.
The Canucks held last year’s training camp in Whistler and, typically, shift around the province annually, however, this will be the first time the team will host a camp in Northern B.C.
“We are fortunate to have the passionate support of fans around the province and are committed to holding future training camps in communities throughout B.C.,” Linden said. “This is a perfect opportunity to connect and express our gratitude for the support of the Prince George community. It will be a special visit for the players and the team.”
Prince George Cougars president Greg Pocock it truly is a new ice age in Prince George.
“Welcoming the Vancouver Canucks main training camp to Northern B.C. for the first time is a proud moment for us all,” Pocock said. “The Cougars are committed to ensuring that this event is a huge success and the first of many. We are all Canucks (even if we are Cougars).”
Training camp on-ice practice sessions will be open to the public and a complete schedule including details on how fans can access training camp will be announced soon. The camp is scheduled to run from Sept 17-20.
Linden joined Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall, Prince George Cougars President Greg Pocock and Lheidli T’enneh Chief Dominic Frederick in making the announcement.