Canucks to celebrate 20th anniversary of Rogers Arena in 20 ways over 20 games

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Remember the night when the Vancouver Canucks played their first game at Rogers Arena, formerly known as General Motors Place? How about when the Grizzlies still played in Vancouver? And what about all the big act concerts, tournaments, conventions and everything in between?

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Rogers Arena opened its doors on October 9, 1995, marking the first time in decades that professional hockey and the city’s best events returned to the downtown Vancouver core, replacing Hastings Park’s Pacific Coliseum as the region’s main entertainment venue.

The Vancouver Canucks have announced that over the course of the 2015 to 2016 season, they will be celebrating Rogers Arena’s 20th anniversary in 20 different ways over 20 special Canucks home games. It begins on October 10 to mark the original opening night of the arena 20 years ago.

This includes nights that celebrate the NBA Vancouver Grizzlies, the Olympic golden goal, the greatest guests, and those who left too soon.

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To top it off, there will also be a ’95 Retro Night for the old Canucks black skate jersey and a reunion of the West Coast Express line – Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison and Todd Bertuzzi.

Here’s the complete schedule of festivities:

#20in20 Marquee Nights

  • Saturday, October 10 vs. Calgary
    • Theme: Opening Night
    • Details: 20th anniversary kick-off Oct. 9, 1995 – Oct. 10, 2015. ‘Jersey Off Our Backs’.
  • Monday, November 2 vs. Philadelphia
    • Theme: Grizzlies Night
    • Details: 1st NBA game, Nov. 5, 1995
  • Monday, December 7 vs. Buffalo
    • Theme: West Coast Express Night
    • Details: Naslund, Morrison, Bertuzzi return
  • Saturday, February 13 vs. Toronto
    • Theme: ’95 Retro Night
    • Details: Skate logo and black jersey uniforms
  • Saturday, April 9 vs. Edmonton
    • Theme: We are all Canucks
    • Details: Fan Appreciation night

#20in20 Themed Games

  • Friday, October 16 vs. St. Louis
    • 20 Nights Theme: Rockin’ the Rog
    • Details: Legendary performances, superstars and musical memories
  • Sunday, October 24 vs. Detroit
    • 20 Nights Theme: 20 Years of Moments
    • Details: Standing O’s, fond farewells and a royal touch
  • Sunday, November 22 vs. New Jersey
    • 20 Nights Theme: Rogers Arena Greatest Guests
    • Details: From Oprah to Clinton, Voodoo to Ravens, MMA to Junos
  • Thursday, December 3 vs. Dallas
    • 20 Nights Theme: Keepers of the Cage
    • Details: Mac to Miller and everyone in between
  • Monday, December 28 vs. Los Angeles
    • 20 Nights Theme: Forever a Canuck
    • Details: Celebrating the careers of those who left too soon
  • Monday, January 4 vs. Arizona
    • 20 Nights Theme: The World of Hockey
    • Details: Juniors take the stage, the very best play here
  • Monday, January 11 vs. Florida
    • 20 Nights Theme: The Olympic Journey
    • Details: Hosting our nations’ dream, The Golden Goal, Lui and the flag, “O Canada”
  • Tuesday, January 26 vs. Nashville
    • 20 Nights Theme: Towel Power
    • Details: White towels and slaying dragons, the passion of the playoffs
  • Thursday, February 4 vs. Columbus
    • 20 Nights Theme: Heavy Hitters
    • Details: They hit, they threw, they thrilled, tough guys
  • Sunday, February 21 vs. Colorado
    • 20 Nights Theme: Alumni Homecoming
    • Details: The Canucks Alumni, generosity of time and spirit, fundraisers and ambassadors
  • Sunday, February 28 vs. San Jose
    • 20 Nights Theme: Defence never rests
    • Details: Big shots, crunching checks and a creative flair – the D men that ruled the Canucks blue line
  • Tuesday, March 1 vs. New York Islanders
    • 20 Nights Theme: Cult Classics
    • Details: Vote for Rory, The Barbarian and a goalie named Chris. Characters who captured our imagination
  • Wednesday, March 9 vs. Arizona
    • 20 Nights Theme: Community Night
    • Details: Wonderful causes, beautiful people and a generous community recognized
  • Wednesday, March 16 vs. Colorado
    • 20 Nights Theme: Fan-atics!
    • Details: Green spandex, masked goalie wannabes and the man who clapped
  • Sunday, March 27 vs. Chicago
    • 20 Nights Theme: Sedinery
    • Details: Exceptional players and even better people. The journey of the Sedins.

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