You already emulate your favourite Vancouver Canucks player, now it’s time to take that a step further.
The Canucks Year End Used Equipment & Apparel Sale takes place this Saturday, June 15th, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Rogers Arena team store. This annual sale is your only chance to get official Canucks equipment and apparel at blowout prices; we’re talking skates, sticks, pads, pants and more – at up to 70 per cent off.
Sorry, enough with the used car salesman spiel, I was contractually obligated to give you all that information, now we move on to the real reason you’re reading this story: the nonsense.
The truth is, there’s a lot of smashing deals on sweet swag at the equipment sale, but you don’t have to take my word for it. I caught up with some of the merchandise up for grabs to get a better idea of what’s being sold.
Here are 6 things you should know about the Canucks equipment for sale, from the equipment itself.
900 AND COUNTING…
On Saturday, April 13th, 2013, Daniel Sedin put on his equipment, swung a jersey over his head and laced up his skates for the 900th time in his career. The Canucks dropped a 4-3 decision to the Colorado Avalanche, but that didn’t take away from the milestone night for Daniel, who also moved into second place on the team's all-time scoring list.
“If you’re looking for a Sedin keepsake, you’ve found it," said Daniel's jersey, proudly. "Put me on and just like I helped Daniel set up Jannik Hansen for his ninth goal of the season, I’ll assist you however possible. I’m a versatile wingman, here to serve. If that’s not your style, put me in a nice frame on the wall and we can just hang out together.”
THE FIRST OF MANY
Jordan Schroeder went to the front of the net and kept his stick on the ice. Alex Edler then fed him a pass, which the youngster tipped past Calgary Flames goalie Leland Irving for his first career NHL goal on February 9th, 2013. Moments after scoring the power play goal, Schroeder was lost in a sea of hugs from teammates. He scored again later and was again mobbed.
“Great bang for your buck heeeeere, get a great bang for your buck heeeeere," boasted Schroeder's sweater. "J-Schro, as I like to call him, was wearing me when he scored his first NHL goal and not only that, he lit the lamp again later meaning I helped him achieve his first multi-goal game as well. When the kid’s #45 is raised to the rafters, you’ll be wishing you’d picked me up when you had the chance. For my man J-Schro, the best is yet to come.”
The uniform was different, but the tools remained the same: blocker, trapper and pads. When the Canucks took on the Detroit Red Wings on March 16th, 2013, they did so honouring the Vancouver Millionaires by donning replica jerseys. Paying homage to the past had the Canucks in maroon, ironically after scoring six seconds into the first period, the Canucks were marooned on offence, losing the game 5-2, despite 19 saves from Roberto Luongo.
“The night didn’t go as planned, but dang I had Lou looking his best," commented Luongo's pads. "Custom embroidery on both sides, and on the blocker and trapper – it was like Christmas in March, or something. The puck marks are legit, I saw a lot of heat that night; two stops on Pavel Datsyuk, three on Henrik Zetterberg and 14 other beauties. Ka-chow!”
Henrik Sedin did the unthinkable during the 2009-10 season by staving off Alex Oveckin and Sidney Crosby to become the first Canucks player in franchise history to win the Art Ross Trophy. He later took home the Hart Trophy for a number of reasons, including passing Pavel Bure’s franchise record for most points in a season.
“All this hoopla about Henrik, no love for me, his weapon of choice," said Henrik's stick, sadly. "Sure you remember me helping him tip a puck through his legs, feeding the puck to Daniel, who pulled the puck between his legs and roofed it for a beer-spilling, popcorn-throwing, eye-bugging highlight reel goal on Miikka Kiprusoff, but I was there for Henrik through the thick and thin. Like a good stick, I stuck by his side and I’ve got the puck marks to prove it.”
New addition Tom Sestito was still looking to make a good impression five games into his time with the Canucks, so he dropped the gloves for the third time since being acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers. Sestito took on Mike Rupp on March 10, 2013, in Minnesota, and while he landed a few rights and snuck a couple of left jabs in, Rupp took the fight, tearing the Canucks crest on his jersey in the process. How rude.
“There I was, just skating down the ice, making my man Sestito look great, when out the blue, Rupp’s got a grubby mitt on me trying to rag doll big Tom," explained Sestito's jersey. "He really gave my collar a good yanking before both big dudes fell to the ice, taking me with them. No blood or tears, but I’ve got sweat on me, better believe.”
SHUTTING THE DOOR
Ryan Kesler made a triumphant return to the Canucks line-up on April 8th, 2013, but it was overshadowed by one Cory Schneider. The netminder made 19 saves to shutout the Phoenix Coyotes in a 2-0 Vancouver win; the donut was the fifth of the season for Schneider and the ninth of his young career.
“I went into the game white and pristine, and even after turning aside rubber 19 times, I’m still looking goooood," said Schneider's jersey. "Schneids did a great job getting his blocker and trapper in front of pucks to keep me clean so that you, the beloved Canucks fan reading this, could own an unspoiled piece of Schneider history.”
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