Our Vancouver Canucks will be wearing lucky red jerseys this February, but not for Valentines Day.
The hockey team will don fire-engine red jerseys during their warm-up skate on February 17th to celebrate Chinese New Year. In addition, the jerseys will feature an beautiful, embroidered crest on their shoulders and chests of a dog; 2018 is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar.
They are playing the Boston Bruins on that Saturday, which falls a day after Chinese New Year.
The stylized crest was designed by a Vancouver designer, Charlie Chien, who currently resides in China.
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“Larry “King” Kwong, an NHL trailblazer, will be recognized pre-game with a video tribute outlining his story and impact on future generations. Kwong, a native of Vernon, B.C., became the first player of Asian heritage to play in the NHL on March 13, 1948 as a member of the New York Rangers when they took on the Montreal Canadiens. His hockey career began in British Columbia, playing for the Vernon Hydrophones and the Trail Smoke Eaters. His daughter, Kristina, will also be on hand for a ceremonial puck drop, on behalf of her father,” reports NHL.com.
Special pregame activities begin at 5pm and include a Kung Fu demonstration, lion and dragon dancers and even a lucky puck hunt; however, these events are weather permitting.