Canucks one step closer to games in China

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It appears the Canucks are one step closer to crossing the Pacific, if only for a handful of games.

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Months in the works, it appears that the Canucks are actually going to be playing exhibition games in China. As reported this afternoon by TSN’s Darren Dreger, the LA Kings appear to be the Canucks opponent. 

It also appeared that Ottawa and Colorado will play two regular season games in November in Sweden. 

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The dynamics of the game will be interesting if they are indeed played. 

With this in mind, it will be interesting to see how the game fares. 

This wouldn’t be the first time that the Canucks played in Asia. In 1997-1998, the Canucks opened the season with two games against the Mighty Ducks in Tokyo, Japan. They defeated the Mighty Ducks in the first game on October 4th by a score of 3-2, then lost on October 5th 3-2.

In 2000, they played two games in Sweden against two Swedish teams – Modo Ornskoldsvik and Djurgarden Stockholm. They defeated MoDo on September 13th by a score of 5-2 and they defeated Djurgarden by a score of 2-1 in OT on September 15th.

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  • crofton

    Pre-season is one thing. Regular season? As if they don’t have enough travel already and more than most NHL teams.

    Have Montreal darlings play there, or the Rangers…see how they like leaving their own time zone more than once a year.

  • Burnabybob

    This is a good idea. I’ve long thought the NHL should promote the sport in Asia. With that many people, it could be an untapped hockey market, even if only a small proportion of the population takes an interest. Parts of Korea and China are cold, too, and suitable for outdoor hockey.

  • Spiel

    “This wouldn’t be the first time that the Canucks played in China. In 1997-1998, the Canucks opened the season with two games against the Mighty Ducks in Tokyo. They defeated the Mighty Ducks in the first game on October 4th by a score of 3-2, then lost on October 5th 3-2.”

    Tokyo isn’t part of China, it is in Japan.

  • TD

    As I remember, there were lots of complaints that the teams that traveled overseas got off to bad starts and it was blamed on the travel. I don’t know if it was the Canucks specifically as I think there was a bunch of teams traveling across oceans at the time. It will be interesting to see what happens.

  • Steamer

    Aw, that’s just super. Great opportunity to ask about Tiananmen Square!
    Or about environmental issues, or human-rights issues such as trading in human-organs of political prisoners, etc. etc. Sadly, nothing more than the Corporate Beer League ( NHL trademark etc. ) looking for new market-share. Hundreds of people were murdered by their own government in 1989 for protesting for the most basic human & democratic rights – ie: the same thing Canadians fought for in two World Wars. To do business with a regime that has never acknowledged its guilt in this matter is, quite frankly, nauseating. Don’t expect much from the NHL in this regard, but shame on the Canadian government, corporations & businesspeople to be doing business with China within a few months of Tiananmen Square.

    • VincentC

      My family moved to Vancouver from Hong Kong in 1990. Doesn’t take a PHD to guess why.

      That said engagement is the best way to move forward. China has a long way to go regarding civil liberties but coming in high and mighty talking down to them would have only negative outcomes. Cutting off all ties “on principle” is akin to giving up. Its not useful as a tool of influence.

      Sport is a great way to engage with other countries and hopefully bring them to a higher standard of behavior.

      My sister is a journalist in Beijing (Joanna Chiu, look her up) who frequently writes stories on the edge regarding censorship. It helps that she’s foreign and writing for foreign publications. You might enjoy what she writes as environmental issues/humans rights plays a large part in what she originally became a journalist for.

      • Steamer

        Right. One of the appealing aspects of sports. Unfortunately, this isn’t about sports, this is about a corporate entity – NHL/aka Corporate Beer League – seeking to enlarge its market-share with absolutely no thought or regard to human rights, doing business with a thoroughly third-rate geo-political entity. I would prefer not to be making these points in this forum ( check my previous posts, they’re about hockey ), but frankly, feel they need to be made, people need to be reminded of China’s abyssmal human rights record, and if I don’t do it, then likely nobody else does.

  • Jabs

    I’d rather see the Canucks take more preseason games on the road within BC to honour their fans outside of the lower mainland.
    I don’t like these trips, this is way too much travel for a western team.