Vancouver Canucks to hold 2023 training camp in Victoria from September 21 to 25
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By Mike Gould6 months ago
The Vancouver Canucks will hold their 2023 training camp in the B.C. provincial capital of Victoria from September 21 to 25, the club announced Thursday afternoon.
The Canucks will take to the ice at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, the home of the Western Hockey League’s Victoria Royals, for five days of training camp sessions. The club will host public activities for fans at the rink while also allowing spectators to watch the on-ice practices.
“We are delighted to be heading to Victoria for Training Camp in September,” Canucks president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford said Thursday. “The Vancouver Canucks have had a long history of holding Training Camp on Vancouver Island and throughout other parts of British Columbia.
“Taking our team outside of Vancouver to start the year allows us to connect with our loyal fans from across the province,” Rutherford added. “We look forward to utilizing Victoria’s great facilities and beautiful surroundings to kick off the new season.”
The Canucks have previously held training camps in the B.C. locales of Victoria, Abbotsford, Whistler, Prince George, Penticton, Vernon, Kamloops, Courtenay, Powell River, Parksville, and Duncan. The team also travelled overseas to Stockholm, Sweden for its 2000 training camp.
Victoria most recently hosted Canucks training camp in 2019. The Canucks first held their training camp in the provincial capital way back in 1974, which also marked the first time the team staged its annual training camp in British Columbia (they gathered in the Alberta cities of Calgary and Medicine Hat for their first four years in the National Hockey League).
The Canucks finished the 2022–23 regular season with a 38–37–7 record and 83 points in 82 games, good enough to finish sixth in the Pacific Division. They missed out on qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the seventh time in the last eight seasons, with 2020 remaining the lone exception since 2016.
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