For the first time since 2002, the Canucks will not sell out a home game. While this comes as no surprise, it's sad to see such a magnificent streak end. It's like beating a new high-score in Flappy Bird, only to have to start all over from zero.
Last month, a ticket broker said "there is no demand for Vancouver Canucks tickets." Also last month, the Canucks said they would not be lowering ticket prices despite a drop of about 40 percent from the year before in regards to demand for tickets. As a result, the streak is coming to an end.
The sellout streak began on November 14, 2002, when the Canucks defeated the L.A. Kings 3-2. The streak lasted 474 games, which was not only the longest in the NHL, but among the longest in North American professional sports.
Last April, the Red Sox saw their record streak come to an end at 820 games, the longest streak in the history of North American professional sports. Vancouver's streak will come in as the third longest in history behind the streaks of the Red Sox (820 games) and Portland Trail Blazers (814 games).
Victor de Bonis, chief operating officer for Canucks Sports & Entertainment, sent a letter to season ticket holders letting them know the streak was coming to an end. The Canucks anticipate plenty more sellouts at Rogers Arena this year with 97% of season ticket holders returning this year.