Canucks Canadian Forces Appreciation Night 2009

Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Canadian Forces Appreciation Night at GM Place is November 1st when the Canucks take on the Colorado Avalanche.

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To make this event a success, season ticket holders are being asked to donate their tickets for this particular game so that someone from our nation’s armed forces can attend.

There are three ways to donate your ticket:

  • By courier or mail – addressed to the Canadian Armed Forces c/o Vancouver Canucks, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
  • In person during business hours – Drop your tickets off at the Chevy Pickup Window at General Motors Place (Gate 10, Monday to Saturday, 9:30am – 5:00pm) in an envelope addressed to Canadian Armed Forces
  • In person during a game – Drop your tickets off at Guest Services (Section 114 or Section 310) in an envelope addressed to Canadian Armed Forces
  • Before the game, there will be a rappel demo from the rafters by Search and Rescue Technicians and during intermission there will be a Forces hockey skills competition, pitting Army vs Navy vs Air Force. The deadline to donate your ticket is October 22nd, 2009.

    Update, November 2nd 2009:

    The following is an email note from Sub Lieutenant Tony Wright from the Canadian Armed Forces:

    “This year, 312 Canadian Forces (CF) members from Vancouver, Victoria, Comox, Aldergrove, Chilliwack and many from around the country, were able to watch some fantastic Canucks hockey. Last year, only 140 CF members were able to attend. With your help, we more than doubled our numbers. Many of the sailors, soldiers, and aircrew were hosted in catered suites donated by individuals and corporations. That was a first this year and I think much of our success can be attributed to your promotion of the game on”

    I would like to thank every reader who helped make this night a success, you are the best!

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    1. Elvis HMonday, October 19th, 2009 — 7:17pm PDT

      While I think this is a great idea, I’d think a lot higher of it if the Canucks would donate available seats to the members of the Armed Forces.

      To me that sounds a lot more like the Canucks showing some appreciation.

      As a former Non-comissioned member of the Armed Forces, I know how tough it is financially for our troops to get out to see a game, not to mention the desolate wastelands you get posted to. I’m sure the Canucks could spare a few tickets to show they really care.

    2. Tony WrightMonday, October 19th, 2009 — 10:17pm PDT

      Hi there,

      I’m one of the Canadian Forces Public Affairs officers helping the Canucks organize this event and I would just like to clear up a slight misconception here.

      The Vancouver Canucks have been very gracious and have given over 70 tickets for CF members who will be coming to the game from the lower mainland and Vancouver Island. This is the third year in a row that the Canucks have held a CF Appreciation Night and every year it continues to grow and get better.

      Hoping to see even more members able to come to the game, the Canucks have made the appeal to season ticket holders.

      This year, as in previous years, season ticket holders continue to be generous.

      I think we appreciate the Canucks and their fans just as much as they’ve shown they appreciate us.

      We Are All Canucks!

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