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Canucks general manager confirms stars scheduled for Prince Rupert visit
The stars of the Vancouver Canucks are coming to the North Coast early next month, giving fans a chance to see some of their sports heroes up close and personal.
"It is only going to be people who have played games for us, so Dan Hamhuis, Kevin Bieksa, David Booth, Alex Burrows, Roberto Luongo, Alex Edler, the Sedins, Jannik Hansen, Zack Kassian, Jason Garrison, Ryan Kesler, Chirs Higgins, Dale Weise, Andrew Alberts, those are the guys that are going to be there," said Canucks general manager Mike Gillis.
"I think guys are really exited about it. I'm really excited about it. We have such tremendous support throughout the province of British Columbia and due to the hectic schedule year-to-year we don't have a lot of opportunities to get out into some of the more remote communities and interact with people. I would certainly like to do more of it going forward ... as an organization we think it is vitally important that we try and connect the best we can with our fans."
Along with meeting fans, the team will be doing some fishing off Haida Gwaii, something Gillis said is part of getting ready for the season.
"We had been talking about doing a team-building orientation weekend somewhere removed the players don't have a whole lot of access to and we decided we were going to go on a team-building and fishing trip up north. In conjunction with that, we were going to visit a couple of communities and have different native bands that are there come and visit us because they don't have access to the players very often," he said.
"It is an opportunity to try and give something back to people that don't have the ability to have a lot of access to the team and participate in their cultural events. It gives us a chance to meet some people who we know are big fans and always support the team. It is a unique way to combine a couple of things ... our schedule is limited by the ability to fly into places. Training camp begins on Sept. 11, so it is going to be a really compressed couple of days."
The Canucks will be in Prince Rupert on Sept. 7 at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre and on Sept. 10 in Old Massett.