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Hockey fans had a LOT to say about the Abbotsford Canucks’ new look

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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.



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