Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan announced a friendly challenge to Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle as the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Mighty Ducks face off tonight in Game 1 of the of the NHL Western Conference semifinals.
If Vancouver wins the semifinals and advances to the next round, Mayor Pringle has agreed to wear a Canucks hockey jersey at the next televised meeting of Anaheim city council, and to proudly fly the Canuck team flag at Anaheim City Hall. In the unlikely event that Anaheim wins, Mayor Sullivan will do the same with the Anaheim jersey and flag.
â€œI am confident our â€˜Nucks will lead Vancouver to victory,â€ said Mayor Sullivan. â€œOur team has shown tremendous heart and skills on the ice, not to mention our fans have been rock steady throughout the season. We are all Canucks - I look forward to adding Mayor Pringle to our fan club!â€
"We look forward to the Ducks showing the Canucks, their fans and Mayor Sullivan that the hockey capital of the West Coast has shifted south, all the way to sunny Southern California," said Mayor Pringle. "I'm confident at the end of the series, Mayor Sullivan will proudly don the new Anaheim Ducks jersey, setting the example for his fellow Vancouver residents."
The first game of the series will be tonight at the Honda Center in Anaheim at 7:00pm PST followed by:
Game 2 - Friday, April 27 at Honda Center, Anaheim, 7:00pm
Game 3 â€“ Sunday, April 29 at GM Place/HP Pavilion, Vancouver, 5:00pm
Game 4 â€“ Tuesday, May 1 at GM Place/HP Pavilion, 7:00pm
Game 5 â€“ Thursday, May 3 at Honda Center, 6:00pm
Game 6 â€“ Sunday, May 6 at GM Place/HP Pavilion, TBD
Game 7 â€“ Tuesday, May 8 at Honda Center, TBD