PHILADELPHIA, June 18, 2018 – Today the National Lacrosse League (NLL), the largest men’s professional indoor lacrosse league in North America, announces the sale of the Vancouver Stealth to Canucks Sports & Entertainment. The new Vancouver franchise will begin play during the 2018-19 season at Rogers Arena.
“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 honored and excited to have the Canucks ownership and their organization leading our Vancouver franchise in one of the most relevant lacrosse communities in North America.”
The franchise will undergo a transformation during this off season as they take on a new team name, logo and brand to be unveiled in the coming months. This fresh direction will reflect the new ownership and a new era for the team.
“British Columbia has a rich history of supporting lacrosse, and people from across the country and around the world know how important this market is to the game,” stated Jeff Stipec, COO Canucks Sports & Entertainment. “We look forward to continuing to grow the game in Vancouver, both on the floor and in the community. We can’t wait to get to work.”
The Canucks are working diligently to prepare for the upcoming season. They will be providing regular updates to the market along with a special event in the coming months to announce the new brand in Vancouver.
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 Vancouver Stealth. 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.
About Canucks Sports & Entertainment
Owned and operated by the Aquilini Investment Group, the Vancouver Canucks were founded in 1970. Playing its home games at Rogers Arena since 1995, the Canucks have appeared in three Stanley Cup Finals (1982, 1994 and 2011) and produced consecutive President’s Trophies in 2010.11 and 2011.12. Through the support and passion of Canucks fans, Rogers Arena hosted a consecutive sellout streak of 474 games from 2002 to 2014, one of the longest in the history of professional sports. President Trevor Linden, General Manager Jim Benning and Head Coach Travis Green currently guide the direction of the club. Through the Canucks for Kids Fund, the Vancouver Canucks are dedicated to assisting charities that support children’s health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey, and facilitate and encourage education in BC. Thanks to the generosity of fans, donors, players, employees and sponsor partners, the Canucks for Kids Fund (CFKF) has granted more than $55 million to charities in British Columbia over the last 32 years.