...BC native Larry “King” Kwong, the first player of Asian heritage to play in the NHL, to be recognized pre-game


Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks announced today details of the festivities when the Canucks celebrate Chinese New Year on February 17 vs Boston.
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.


Prior to the game, the Canucks will sport a new look in warm-ups. Developed in collaboration with Vancouver native and China based designer Charlie Chien, each member of the Canucks will don a red Adidas jersey that combines elements of both Chinese and West Coast culture, including a stylized “year of the dog” patch. The set of player worn, warm up jerseys and other themed merchandise will be available in the Canucks team store, kiosks and

Fans are encouraged to come early for pre-game festivities, including lion and dragon dancers, Kung Fu demonstration and a lucky puck hunt, beginning at 5pm (weather dependent).
The kid zone at Rogers Arena, located between section 101 and 103 in the concourse, will have a special feel for the game. Custom fortune cookies, a dog-colouring contest and red envelope giveaways are among some of the exciting features of the night for young Canucks fans.
Chinese cuisine will also be featured on Feb. 17 in the concourse and premium areas. Some highlights include:                                                 ITEM LOCATION
Pot Stickers and Wontons                                      Steamers (level 100 and 300)
Crispy Pork Belly on Rice                                       Carve Express
Steamed Soup Dumplings with black vinegar            Market Place Chop
Pork Bao                                                                  321 Carve