Home Hockey jerseys The Canucks’ Lunar New Year jersey is all about inclusion, the designer says.

The Canucks’ Lunar New Year jersey is all about inclusion, the designer says.

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The Vancouver Canucks have unveiled a new jersey designed to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year.

Richmond hockey fans will see Vancouver Canucks players wearing custom jerseys as they warm up before their fourth annual Lunar New Year game on Jan. 25.

The special edition Lunar New Year jersey was designed by artist Trevor Lai, a lifelong Canucks fan and the illustrator behind the 2006 Richmond Public Library children’s card.

Recognizing that 2022 is the Year of the Tiger in Chinese culture, the jersey features a tiger leaping out of the water instead of the Canucks’ stylized killer whale. The jersey also features the Vancouver Canucks name in Chinese characters and Vancouver Chinatown’s Millennium Gate on the shoulder pads.

In addition to celebrating the Lunar New Year, Lai told the Richmond News he hopes the redesigned jersey sends a message about integration and inclusivity.

“I wanted to do something for the Chinese community because the anti-Asian activities over the past two years have been so upsetting.

“I was trying to think about how I could use my talent to raise awareness in the Asian community and prevent people from hurting each other. The jersey is a great way to bring everyone together,” Lai said.

“The overall message is universal – it doesn’t matter if you’re a Chinese Canadian or not. When you look at this logo, I hope you find something you like about it,” Lai added.

On the jersey crest, the Chinese name of the Vancouver Canucks, 加人队 (jia ren DUI), fits perfectly with the image of the Millennium Gate.

“Jia (加)is actually the same character as ‘Canada’ in Chinese. In the middle, I put ren (人), which means people… The last one is Dui (队). Dui means team, and while Canucks are a team, I really meant that we as people are on the same team,” Lai said, adding that design is about being together as a community and building each other up.

Players will wear the Lunar New Year jersey only for their warm-up and not for the game itself. The special edition jerseys will be available for auction on VanBase.ca on January 23. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Elimin8Hate, a community organization that champions fairness for Asian Canadians.