According to a report in the Vancouver Sun
, the Western Hockey League
's Vancouver Giants
are offering fans
a $4 "lockout discount" for their first three home games of the season. The promotion covers the upper bowl reds at Pacific Coliseum
, seats that usually cost $19.
Giants majority owner Ron Toigo
says the price break is designed to attract fans who may feel jilted that the NHL
will likely be out of action for a while.
“It’s a special offer to all hockey fans to come and see what we're all about. It’s a chance to see the calibre and quality of play in our league and some of the great stars of the future.”
The discount will be in effect for the Giants' home opener Friday against the Victoria Royals
, along with a Sept. 28 date with the Everett Silvertips
and a Sept. 30 tilt against the Spokane Chiefs
The Giants have as much to gain from a long NHL work stoppage as any junior team in Canada. As one of only a handful of teams in NHL markets, the Giants could fill a major void left by the Canucks' absence. It doesn't hurt that the Giants are one of the most consistently solid teams in the WHL, having finished first or second in their division in seven straight seasons
and won the Memorial Cup
title in 2007.