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18:20  07 december  2018
18:20  07 december  2018 Source:   ap.org

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But the Canucks see the addition of Seattle as more than adding a rival 2 ½ hours away by car. Seattle will be a critical partner for the future success of both The approval of Seattle as the 32nd NHL franchise earlier this week has thrilled hockey fans who have for years made their way north to

But the Canucks see the addition of Seattle as more than adding a rival 2 ½ hours away by car. Seattle will be a critical partner for the future The approval of Seattle as the 32nd NHL franchise earlier this week has thrilled hockey fans who for years made their way north to Vancouver to see the

Canucks see rivals and partners in new Seattle NHL franchise© The Associated Press Otto Rogers playfully holds up stickers against the proposed name Kraken and in support of Totems following the announcement of a new NHL hockey team in Seattle, at a celebratory party Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Sitting high above the ice of Rogers Arena, Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning has fond memories of his time playing junior hockey for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League and their trips up Interstate 5 to play at the old Mercer Arena against the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Well, how fond he is depends on the perspective.

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The approval of Seattle as the 32nd NHL franchise earlier this week has thrilled hockey fans who for years made their way north to Vancouver to see the But the Canucks see the addition of Seattle as more than adding a rival 2 ½ hours away by car. Seattle will be a critical partner for the future

But the Canucks see the addition of Seattle as more than adding a rival 2 ½ hours away by car. Seattle will be a critical partner for the future The approval of Seattle as the 32nd NHL franchise earlier this week has thrilled hockey fans who for years made their way north to Vancouver to see the

"They had chicken wire, and the fans were rowdy," Benning recalled recently. "The thing with the chicken wire is like you'd line up for a faceoff and they could spit right through the chicken wire."

While Benning's memories of his time playing against Seattle are still there — and who could forget chain-link fence in place of glass boards at one end of the rink — he's also thinking ahead. Looking out at an empty arena a couple hours before a Canucks faceoff, he can envision a few years from now when fans of Seattle's new NHL franchise are making the trek north on I-5, through the border crossing and into downtown Vancouver to watch their team play the Canucks.

He has no doubt it will be a healthy rivalry and great for the sport in this corner of North America. But the Canucks see the addition of Seattle as more than adding a rival 2 ½ hours away by car. Seattle will be a critical partner for the future success of both franchises.

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But the Canucks see the addition of Seattle as more than adding a rival 2 ½ hours away by car. Seattle will be a critical partner for the future In April 1974, Seattle and Denver were conditionally granted NHL franchises . Seattle 's never came to fruition because of the Western League 's

But the Canucks see the addition of Seattle as more than adding a rival 2 + hours away by car. Seattle will be a critical partner for the future The approval of Seattle as the 32nd NHL franchise earlier this week has thrilled hockey fans who for years made their way north to Vancouver to see the

"We see this as a kind of one plus one equals three. We're going to be able to grow the sport of hockey in this region, working with the Seattle team," Canucks COO Jeff Stipec said.

The approval of Seattle as the 32nd NHL franchise earlier this week has thrilled hockey fans who have for years made their way north to Vancouver to see the game played at its highest level. But there's an almost equally excited group just north of the 49th parallel who can't wait for 2021 when the Seattle franchise begins play.

"Vancouver is already a partner. They were the most enthusiastic team in the league about this. They love the idea of this rivalry," Seattle team President Tod Leiweke said. "I think for the two cities to connect like this, the two cities are 130 miles away but now they're going to connect in a whole different way and I think that's one of the great things that is going to come out of all this is a deep, deep visceral connection between Vancouver and Seattle and we're going to play some great games."

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But the Canucks see the addition of Seattle as more than adding a rival 2 ½ hours away by car. Seattle will be a critical partner for the future The approval of Seattle as the 32nd NHL franchise earlier this week has thrilled hockey fans who for years made their way north to Vancouver to see the.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Sitting high above the ice of Rogers Arena, Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning has fond memories of his time playing junior hockey for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League and their trips up Interstate 5 to play at the old

Adding Seattle to the league helps the Canucks in various ways, from marketing, to travel, to simply interest in the game. Stipec is already planning ways the Canucks can sell Seattle's addition, even if it's three years away.

Stipec noted that even as the Canucks' on-ice product is improving around a core of young stars and rejuvenating interest in the city after a few down seasons, the fans flocking back to the games are seeking new and different opportunities.

"Our season ticket members, what they're looking for now are experiences," Stipec said. "They'll hop down, go to Vegas, follow the team down to Vegas. But to be able to put together some packages where our season ticket members are hopping on the bus, having a great time, going down to Seattle for a game and then coming back, that's something they're really excited about, too, and we're excited to be offering that."

While it would seem the proximity of the two cities could create issues when competing for dollars on the business side, it doesn't appear that will be the case largely because of the border. The border creates a natural break between the two teams, both in their attempts to gain market share, but also in corporate dollars and talent acquisition.

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"It couldn't be a more perfect storm for the Canucks in that it's not that we just have somebody that's two and a half hours away, we have that international border between us," Stipec said. "So that protects us a lot from corporate partnerships, broadcast rights, a whole bunch of things. It's not like a Pittsburgh-Philadelphia situation. So it's great that way, that we have our own protected markets in a sense in some of those key areas."

The Canucks have not actively sought to promote themselves in the Seattle area. Playoff games have been broadcast on Seattle sports radio at times through the years, but any fans that have made an investment in being Canucks ticket holders have found them.

Alym Rayani is one of those. He lives just outside Seattle and has gone in with friends on season tickets for the Canucks for about a decade. After spending part of his childhood in Vancouver, Rayani was finding himself driving back for games after settling in Seattle during the Canucks' run as one Western Conference's elite teams earlier this decade.

But like others from the Seattle area who regularly attend Canucks games, they're hockey fans more than Vancouver fans. For Rayani, his loyalty and his dollars will belong to Seattle when it comes on board. He's No. 16 on the season-ticket deposit list.

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The Canucks have seen rivalries come and go, but Seattle is different. Seattle is permanent. It's going to be a Vancouver rival forever, and you can bet your last latte that Canucks fans will NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces that the city of Seattle has been approved by the Board of

Vancouver’s NHL franchise has been stagnant lately in terms of ticket sales. A rivalry with a Seattle team would give sales a boost.

"I definitely feel loyalty to the Canucks being born there and having lived there, but I think it will be interesting how I'm going to feel 10 years from now," Rayani said. "My kids, they watch the Canucks now, they're going to be huge Seattle fans I'm sure. ... I think over time I will morph to Seattle. I like the idea of being a fan or part of something from day one."

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