We Are All Canucks
On Saturday, April 9th, Rogers Arena will host the final #20in20 game night.
Rogers Arena has provided twenty years of unforgettable memories and it has come down to this final moment. During our last game of the regular season, we’ll be celebrating Fan Appreciation night (“We Are All Canucks”) as the Canucks take on the Edmonton Oilers.
By: Katerina Cookson
All season long, we’ve honoured some of the best moments in Rogers Arena’s 20 years with the #20in20 anniversary celebration. When the arena opened its doors on October 9th, 1995, it had a goal to attract superstars and serve as the new home of the Vancouver Canucks. Two decades later, it’s been host to over 3,000 of Vancouver’s most memorable events. Each of our 20 special game nights this season celebrated a different aspect of events at Rogers Arena.
The season also featured a series of Marquee Nights that welcomed special guests to the building. November 2nd reminded us the exciting era that started in 1995 when the bright lights of the NBA shone on Vancouver. For six seasons, the Vancouver Grizzlies brought energy, entertainment, and of course former forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim to the city, who participated in a ceremonial puck drop.
In the stands, fans wore Grizzlies teal along with their Canucks colours. It was an inspirational night for rookie Jake Virtanen, who notched his first career goal of the season in a 4-1 win over Philadelphia. The Abbotsford boy, with his love for country music, has been nicknamed “Big Country” after former Grizzlies centre Bryant “Big Country” Reeves.
On the hockey side, #20in20 fondly remembered the juniors, the enforcers, the d-men, and the netminders. The season wouldn’t be complete without bringing home some of our favourite alumni, including the formidable high-scoring hockey line that was Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi, and Brendan Morrison. The “West Coast Express” reunited here on December 7th, reminding us of the 2002.03 season when they each increased their point total to career highs.
“Just having the opportunity to spend some time with Brendan and Todd hasn’t happened in many years,” said Morrison. “To catch up and talk old memories is definitely special.” Spirits in the building were high as the three greats watched their former team take a three-goal lead over the Buffalo Sabres in a 5-2 win. Afterwards, Nazzy, Bert, and Mo visited Canuck Place to build gingerbread trains with kids and families.
Throughout the season, we’ve brought back the flying skate jersey worn during the team’s first season at Rogers in 1995, celebrated the generous community effort that has raised nearly $3 million for kids this year alone, and reminisced over music acts and legendary performances. But on Saturday, on our last #20in20 night, it’s all about you: the fans that have made these moments possible.
After all, you’ve been there from the very beginning. And when you’re not in the stands, you’ve cheered from your couches, from behind the wheel of your car, and from your social media accounts. On Saturday night, the pregame ceremony will feature our annual Team Awards as voted by you, to be handed out by alumni of the 1995.96 team. Stay tuned for exciting prizes and giveaways throughout the game.
Rogers Arena’s #20in20 is a look back at two decades of unforgettable moments that demonstrate the passion of the 27 million guests who have walked through its doors. It’s shown us that when fans come together, great things happen.