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Canucks: The Movie

Iain MacIntyre at the Vancouver Sun:

They’ve made you laugh and made you cry, given you hope and left you despondent, enraged and uplifted you. You love them. You hate them, but never for long. You could probably live without them but can’t imagine the deprivation.

The Vancouver Canucks are the longest-running melodrama in our city, as indispensible as they are exasperating. Next Monday, after 38 years, the Canucks take their story - your story - to the big screen at theatres around B.C.

The National Hockey League team is releasing a feature-length documentary entitled Forever Faithful - The Canucks Movie.

Movie trailer and more below:


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The Economy and Sports Fans

Yesterday, Cam Cole at the Vancouver Sun wrote an article on the potential impact that the economy may have on the NHL.  In the course of his writing, he happened to speak to Chris Zimmerman, President of the Vancouver Canucks, who had this to say:

“Ticket prices, whether for us or for a U.S. club, are generally a function of demand.[...]  We have no illusions that we are immune to the impact [of a recession]. We are a discretionary entertainment value, and ... we recognize that we have to hunker down and work that much harder to justify people spending their discretionary dollars with us…”

Zimmerman understands his job better than most, I think.  Rather than simply relying on the fact that he helms the hottest ticket in town, he also knows that the real trick is making it stay that way.



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Remembering Luc Bourdon

The Vancouver Canucks announced today that they will honour the memory of former Canucks defenceman Luc Bourdon on October 9, 2008 prior to the Canucks home opener.

“Luc was an important part of our Canucks family. We want to make sure that everyone who Luc touched has the opportunity to celebrate his life and memory,” said Chris Zimmerman, President and CEO, Canucks Sports & Entertainment.

The Canucks also mentioned they will be remembering Bourdon throughout the coming season by adding some “element” to every player’s helmet.

*some previous posts on Bourdon here, here and here.

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Canucks Know a Flop When They See It

According to the Vancouver Sun, “flops” are a big business, and not just at GM Place.  Flip Flop Shops are set to open a dozen stores in BC in the next 5 years, and guess who wants in on it…

At least two well-known Vancouver business executives have invested in the Flip Flop Shops concept, including Vancouver Canucks president Chris Zimmerman [...].

“I like the simplicity of the concept,” Zimmerman said in an interview. “The product has a very universal appeal and I think there’s a real void in the market for people to go to one place and find the latest styles and brands.”

Such a major market void (*cough*) Zimmerman is likely investing somewhere in the $200,000+ range for at least one store.  A store that sells nothing but plastic summer shoes.

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200 and Counting

“Orca Bay” is no more—the Vancouver Canucks’ operating company underwent a long-overdue name change today: Canucks Sports & Entertainment

And it’s a big day for the new company, as tonight’s game represents the team’s 200th consecutive sellout.  Which is all well and good, but team president Chris Zimmerman isn’t taking anything for granted, either:

...Zimmerman doesn’t want to hear comparisons to the sold-out-from-now-to-eternity Toronto Maple Leafs.

“That’s an incredibly dangerous thing that I would never say,” Zimmerman said. “We talk all the time about ‘don’t take any of this for granted.’ Loyalty can be a fragile thing.”

Especially in Vancouver, which has historically been a fickle market.

That’s for sure.

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Cautionary Tale for the Canucks

From News1130:

Canucks CEO Chris Zimmerman was asked how regular fans will be able to afford to take in a game at GM Place. Zimmerman says when you compare the Canucks to other NHL franchises, ticket prices are quite reasonable. “Some of the pricing is driven by supply and demand, and then we obviously assess the ticket prices against all the other Canadian teams. We tend to be in the bottom half of the prices, looking at the prices across Canada.”

Hmm.  The increase in ticket prices for this season was pretty bloody substantial. But even assuming that Zimmerman is correct in simply following the theory of supply and demand (after all, the Vancouver fan base has clearly been willing to pay) there is a cautionary tale out there that the Canucks might want to keep in mind as well: the Detroit Red Wings.

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