Fifty years of Vancouver Canucks hockey has led to this moment

It’s October 9, 2019, and the Canucks are playing their season opener at Rogers Arena against the Los Angeles Kings, the team they faced on October 9, 1970, in their first ever NHL game.

Celebrations begin early with an electric party on the plaza and continue throughout the night leading to an impressive 8-2 win by the Canucks. It’s a deafening sold out crowd of 18,951 and although there isn’t a bad seat in the house, there is a preferred one.

Daniel Saam, President/CEO of Stryder Motorfreight Ltd., a Vancouver transportation company, was in a suite on the TD Executive Level 200 that night. The suite is used for a mix of business and pleasure, although it’s mostly utilized for rewarding and recognizing staff.

From his 200-level suite, which he’s been a half-season member of since 2011, Saam had the perfect view to see the Canucks salute retired greats like Dennis Kearns, Stan Smyl, Todd Bertuzzi and Daniel Sedin, who surprised guests in attendance by being introduced alongside the Canucks current roster.

Shortly after, former Canucks captains Orland Kurtenbach and Henrik Sedin met Bo Horvat at centre ice to officially name him the 14th captain in team history.

It was not a moment to miss. From Saam’s viewpoint, he didn’t miss a thing.


“We have an amazing panoramic view here on the 200 level,” said Saam. “You can see the entire ice and feel close to the action.”

On this night, Saam, his co-workers and their families felt like they were part of the action.

“We extend the offer to employees to bring their children. Their reactions to the experience add a special return that you can’t place a value on. I really enjoy the intimacy with friends, family and employees, plus you never miss a moment of the game with ease of the private washroom and fully stocked fridge.”

Seven different Canucks scored against the Kings, including rookie defenceman Quinn Hughes, who found the back of the net for the first time in his career.

When you combine an unforgettable night such as this, with first class accommodations at Rogers Arena, the memories made last a lifetime.

The Canucks allocate a few suites for single game rentals to allow those looking for one to a few games a year the accessibility without committing to a full or partial season lease. They accommodate anywhere from 12 to 100 guests and offer in-suite hosting, fresh cuisine, dedicated concierge staff and full-time representatives with one goal in mind: making sure the experience goes off without a hitch.

There are many great areas in the arena to catch a Canucks game, the one that is the most thrilling and comfortable at the same time would be a suite on the TD Executive 200 Level. This lower level of suites “connects you to the high-speed action of the game, with your drinks and food at your fingertips” says Taralynn Reburn, Director, Sales with Canucks Sports & Entertainment.

“If you’re looking for a space to host clients, your staff party or some other celebration, a suite on the 200 level will allow you to stay with your guests all night providing you the valuable time to connect and share special moments on and off the ice”.

And that’s not just for hockey games. From concerts to basketball games and everything in between, Rogers Arena suites have you covered.

Client hosting, connecting, entertaining. It’s something we all must do and searching for a stand out option doesn’t have to be a challenge. The Canucks organization will take on your event planning and provide you that wow experience you’ve been looking for.