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Vancouver, B.C. - The National Lacrosse League announced today the approval of the sale of the Vancouver Stealth to Canucks Sports & Entertainment. Vancouver's new NLL team will commence play at Rogers Arena beginning in the 2018.19 season.

 

"First and foremost, I would like to thank Denise Watkins for her many years of passion and commitment at the helm of the organization, which included bringing a championship to the franchise in 2010," said NLL Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz. "This is another pivotal moment for the League and we are honoured and thrilled to have the Aquilini family and Canucks Sports & Entertainment leading our Vancouver franchise in one of the most relevant lacrosse communities in North America.

 

"We are very excited to welcome the National Lacrosse League to Rogers Arena," said Jeff Stipec, COO, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. "I would like to thank Denise Watkins and the Stealth staff for all they have done to establish and develop the NLL in Greater Vancouver."

 

"British Columbia has a rich lacrosse history and people from across the country and around the world know how important this market is to the game," continued Stipec. "We look forward to continuing to grow the game, both on the floor and in the community. We can't wait to get to work."

 

Over the coming months, the Vancouver lacrosse franchise will undergo a transformation, including a new name, brand and logo. A special event will be held in the coming months to unveil more details.

 

The Vancouver Stealth have played at the Langley Events Centre for the past five years. The NLL 18-game regular season begins in December 2018 and runs through April 2019. Games are primarily scheduled on Friday and Saturday nights. The NLL playoffs begin in May and conclude in June with the NLL Finals.

 

Fans interested in priority access to tickets for the upcoming 2018.19 season at Rogers Arena are invited to call 604-899-GOAL or sign up for more updates and information.

 

About the National Lacrosse League

 

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is North America's premier professional indoor lacrosse league. Founded in 1986, the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. The League is comprised of 11 franchises across the United States and Canada: Buffalo Bandits, Calgary Roughnecks, Colorado Mammoth, Georgia Swarm, New England Black Wolves, Philadelphia Wings, Rochester Knighthawks, San Diego Seals, Saskatchewan Rush, Toronto Rock and the Vancouver franchise. The 2017-18 NLL season, commemorating the League's 32nd year, began December 8th during #FaceOffWknd. For more information, visit NLL.com and find the NLL on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

National Lacrosse League Announcement FAQ

 

Overall:

When will the Vancouver team begin playing?

* A. The Vancouver team will begin play in the 2018.19 season

 

Where will the team play?

* A. The team will play all home games at Rogers Arena

 

Team Identity:

Will you rename the team and redesign the logo?

* A. The team will be rebranded and unveiled in the coming months.

 

How and what will you name the team?

* A. We are going through the process now of planning how we will rebrand and rename the team.

 

Staff and Players:

Will you make any changes to the staff?

* A. The new ownership group is looking at all options. They look forward to connecting again with GM Doug Locker and his staff in the near future.

 

Will the roster remain the same?

* A. The new ownership group in conjunction with existing Stealth staff will look at all options in procuring the best talent available for the 2018.19 season.

 

Ticketing:

What happens to current season ticket holders for the Stealth?

* All current season ticket holders for the Stealth will be refunded their initial deposits for the 2018.19 season. They will be contacted in priority order for memberships for games at Rogers Arena when information becomes available.

 

Who should ticket holders call if they have questions?

* A. Ticket holders interested in priority access to future NLL games at Rogers Arena can contact 604-899-GOAL

 

Will you change ticket prices?

* A. More information about ticket memberships, packages and single game pricing will be available in the near future. Fans can sign up for more information and email updates above or call 604-899-GOAL.

 

Other:

What happens to the Junior Stealth program?

* A. The Junior Stealth program will continue to operate this summer at the Langley Events Centre. The new ownership group will look to build upon this and other Stealth community programs leading to the start of the 2018.19 season.

https://www.nhl.com/canucks/info/lacrosse

 

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Nice.  I was worried the Stealth wouldn't survive out in Langley.  There's no way they were covering expenses off of 3,000 fans a game.  Hopefully this will be a big boost for the team.

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Nice, now go buy a NFL team plz.

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meh little interest in lacrosse.. don't get me wrong the participation level is high, but the viewership is low. 

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Have fun getting your *** kicked by the Saskatchewan Rush! (in attendance as well, 13500 fans per game)

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8 minutes ago, drummer4now said:

meh little interest in lacrosse.. don't get me wrong the participation level is high, but the viewership is low. 

Which is too bad, because it's a great game.

 

Here in Victoria, the Shamrocks sell out the 3,000 seat Q Centre.  Greater Vancouver has nearly 8 times the population and a healthy lacrosse community.  It shouldn't be that hard to sell tickets there.

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4 Time League Champion, 9 Time Division Champion.  Oldest team in the league since the Philly Wings folded at one point.  Often leads the league in attendance....

 

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Oh this is why i missed the post Lol. It was under the sports section. I don't think I've ever been here before lol

 

Here is Canucks Twitter's comment

 

 

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44 minutes ago, Where'd Luongo? said:

Have fun getting your *** kicked by the Saskatchewan Rush! (in attendance as well, 13500 fans per game)

There's nothing else to do in Saskatchewan

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2 minutes ago, BM24 said:

There's nothing else to do in Saskatchewan

Except afford to live.

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16 minutes ago, Rush17 said:

 

why does his tweets look similar to trump

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Hoping for more televised games.  It's a great sport but it's not promoted nearly enough.

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6 hours ago, Where'd Luongo? said:

Except afford to live.

You get what you pay for.

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Posted (edited)
4 minutes ago, Where'd Luongo? said:

Poverty?

How does "paying" for poverty even work? Your cost of living is commensurate with your lifestyle. A basement suite with no windows costs less than a penthouse with a view. Living in Saskatchewan is cheaper than living in Vancouver. You get what you pay for.

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10 hours ago, Where'd Luongo? said:

Except afford to live.

Some of us can afford to live in Vancouver, don't be bitter you can't. Everyone always tells me how they can't wait to visit Saskatchewan as well! It must be a lovely place to live.

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