We are also Canucks.
I don’t know if that will be the slogan for the new team or not, but today has qualified as an interesting day for the Vancouver Canucks. The team unveiled the new name, logo and jerseys for their AHL affiliate, which is moving to Abbotsford after eight years in Utica.
This is the first time in the Canucks’ 51-year history that their farm team will be near home, so fan interest was high. For months, fans have been spitting out names and creative concepts, though the most obvious choice has gone a bit under the radar.
After a 20 minute delay this morning, it was revealed that the AHL team will be known as the Abbotsford Canucks and will use Johnny Canuck as their logo. Johnny Canuck was the primary logo used by the Vancouver Canucks of the Western Hockey League, a franchise that existed from 1945 until Vancouver entered the NHL in 1970. The NHL Canucks purchased the logo rights over a decade ago, but have used it sparingly since.
Johnny Canuck’s traditional design was used in merchandise sold by the team, and a stylized Johnny was used as a crest on their alternate uniforms from 2008 to 2017.
These new Canucks will wear the same colors as the team playing at Rogers Arena, although green, not blue, will be the main color of Abbotsford’s home uniforms. Other niceties with the new jerseys include retro-inspired laces around the collar and an A on the sleeves, which is a nod to 1970s Canucks uniforms that had Vs on the sleeves.
So was it a big blow or a terrible blow? If you ask Canucks fans, the answer is… both.
The Canucks never had universal approval for a logo or jersey overhaul, so why start now, right? Here’s a look at some of the very entertaining reactions from fans today.
– Blue Collar Brigade (@BluCollarBrigad) July 14, 2021
They had this type of model for the chart. pic.twitter.com/ljmOHpNGIE
– Robert Coleman (@cobbyroll) July 14, 2021
This is amazing. 10/10 https://t.co/pyh8xLNj6j
– Ultras 1972 (@ Ultras_1972) July 14, 2021
Wtf is this jersey? Could you be less dramatic. Less attractive?
Should have been Fraser Valley… https://t.co/IGuuP4lLw9
– Milz (@ Milzz89) July 14, 2021
Johnny Canuck: It is. About. Time.
– Brad (@bonimbibe) July 14, 2021
I like green a lot more than the guy next door, but even I have to say … it’s a lot of green
– Jonathan Cocks (@ McGeddes11) July 14, 2021
– Lachlan Irvine (@LachInTheCrease) July 14, 2021
Johnnies of the Fraser Valley.
– Grady Sas (@GradySas) July 14, 2021
Who wore it better? pic.twitter.com/VRL8PDmw5p
– Optimistic Canuck (@OptimistCanuck) July 14, 2021
You’ve been trying for years to make this Johnny Canuck crap happen. congratulations lmao
– DK (@khatinthekar) July 14, 2021
Abbotsford Canucks… I like it.
Johnny Canuck as a logo… I like it.
And when you consider the fact that they’ve spent the last 5-6 years brandishing “We Are All Canucks” as their franchise slogan, it really was the only logical choice.
Super anti-climatic… but I like it.
– Steve Boddy (@ Boddy604) July 14, 2021
I have to say that while I didn’t want the nickname to be the Canucks, now that it is, I love the green jersey and the Johnny Canuck logo.
It’s something fans have been asking the NHL team for for years. Impossible to have both!#Canucks
– Sat Oberoi (@SatOberoi) July 14, 2021
Canucks fans finally get what they want! A Johnny Canucks jersey! Oh what? Do people whine and complain? This fan base man
– Brindy’s Gypsy (@ CRgypsy31) July 14, 2021
the sleeves are superb. Much too green for my personal taste. and using the Johnny Canuck was a great idea… this version though, meh
– (@malcolmert) July 14, 2021
You don’t mind taking the Johnny Canuck route but my gosh this has to be one of the ugliest jerseys I’ve ever seen. Huge lack… homeowners are looking to save money around every corner, even with the people they hire to create these models. pic.twitter.com/65TtPw6MiF
– Angry Canucks Twitt * r (@angrycanucks) July 14, 2021
Hipster logo in the valley. Impressive.
– Bubba Luce (@bubbaluce) July 14, 2021
It’s worse than a fake Wal-Mart jersey.
– NHL Observer (@NHL_Watcher) July 14, 2021