By Canucks Communications @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks
May 11, 2023
Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks announced today that their 2023 Training Camp will be held in Victoria, BC over the course of five days from Thursday, September 21 through Monday, September 25. All five days of on-ice Training Camp sessions will be hosted at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, home of the Western Hockey League’s Victoria Royals.
“We are delighted to be heading to Victoria for Training Camp in September,” said Jim Rutherford, President, Hockey Operations. “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. We look forward to utilizing Victoria’s great facilities and beautiful surroundings to kick off the new season.”
“Victoria fans are passionate about their hockey,” explained Mike Strawn, VP of Sports, Media, and Entertainment at GSL Group, which owns Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. “We are thrilled to host the Canucks Training Camp at our facility and help bring this calibre of hockey to the community.”
The Canucks will hold open practices and have other free activations on site, allowing fans in Victoria to gather and celebrate the beginning of a new season.
More information about public access to Training Camp will be announced at a later date through Canucks social media channels.
This marks the third consecutive year that the club has held Training Camp outside of Vancouver and the first time it has been held in the provincial capital city since 2019. The Canucks first hosted Training Camp in Victoria in 1974, having returned several other times since.
After holding Training Camp in Alberta (Calgary and Medicine Hat) during the club’s first four years in the NHL, the Canucks have held main camp throughout various locations in British Columbia since 1974 including Victoria, Abbotsford, Whistler, Prince George, Penticton, Vernon, Kamloops, Courtenay, Powell River, Parksville, and Duncan. The team also held Training Camp overseas in Stockholm, Sweden in 2000.