Canucks leaning on the familiar in 2022 revival of Young Stars Classic

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More than a few familiar faces are helping the Vancouver Canucks re-launch their popular September prospects tournament in Penticton.

Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini and new interim GM Stan Smyl at in Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. Dec. 6, 2021. Photo by Arlen Redekop /PNG Article content

What’s old is new when it comes to the Young Stars Classic.

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The Vancouver Canucks and the city of Penticton are bringing the prospects tournament back to life this coming September after a four-year hiatus.

There’s lots familiar about the setup. The rink, the South Okanagan Events Centre, and its staff knows well what NHL teams want.

So do the hotels and the caterers and the shops in town and so on and so on.

But when it’s been four years and there’s been a pandemic, any institutional knowledge is a big help.

“When you’ve been away from anything over the last couple years, you want to make sure you’re not missing out on anything, from the teams that are coming in, to ticket sales, the referees, anything,” Canucks vice-president Stan Smyl said Wednesday from Penticton.

He was joined by Penticton mayor John Vassilaki for a public ceremony confirming the schedule and community details for September’s Young Stars return.

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