Vancouver Canucks Training Camp Heads to Whistler
The Vancouver Canucks will once again make Whistler their home for their 2014 training camp. This marks the 5th time in the past 12 years the Canucks will call Meadow Park home for their pre-season training.
The Canucks will be in town from September 19 - 22. General practices will take place on Friday, Saturday and Monday with an inter-squad scrimmage on Sunday. The team will be split up into three groups on general practice days, taking the ice at 9:10AM, 10:40AM, and 12:10PM As a general rule of thumb the earlier practice times are usually reserved for rookies and prospects with the later times going towards the roster players. So if you’re looking to catch the bigger stars the later times are probably your best bet.
That being said the Canucks practices are a big draw so getting their early always ensure you get a spot. Meadow Park will be hosting the Canucks training camp and has limited seating areas. Spectators will be admitted into the building on a first come first serve basis. Meadow Park will be opening their doors at 8:30 AM every morning so if you want to ensure you get a good spot get their as early as you can.
The main draw of the camp will be the Sunday scrimmage. The scrimmage usually has a very game like feel to it as rookies and prospects are still vying for spots on the main roster. Big hits, fights and pretty goals are always on display during the scrimmage. The Sunday scrimmage starts at 10:30 AM, but remember to get their early if you want a spot.
Entry into Meadow Park is FREE the entire weekend. Don't forget to bring your jerseys and other memorability as Canucks players can often be tracked down for autographs. The best place to grab autographs is at the back of the building after practice. Canucks leave the back entrance after every practice to board the team bus. The area is usually fenced off but if you holler the players names as they leave the building some of them will come over to sign things. *Special note: Make sure you know what the players name before you call after them. Seems simple enough but the quickest way to annoy a player is by calling him the wrong name. Also rookies and younger players are generally more likely to sign autographs than established players. So make sure you have a good idea what the rookies and younger guys look like.
Posted by Aava Whistler Hotel on Thursday, September 18, 2014