Photos: Canucks fans celebrate first NHL game of the season

 

Regardless of the result, Vancouver Canucks fans welcomed their hockey heroes back on Saturday night as the shortened 2013 NHL regular season started with a visit from the Anaheim Ducks.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">A young fan holds up a sign as he watches the Vancouver Canucks during the pre-game skate before playing the Anaheim Ducks in their NHL season opener in Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.</div>
 

A young fan holds up a sign as he watches the Vancouver Canucks during the pre-game skate before playing the Anaheim Ducks in their NHL season opener in Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.

Photograph by: DARRYL DYCK, THE CANADIAN PRESS

 
<div id="page1">A young fan holds up a sign as he watches the Vancouver Canucks during the pre-game skate before playing the Anaheim Ducks in their NHL season opener in Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.</div>
The fans are out in force as the Vancouver Canucks host the Anaheim Ducks in the teams&#8217; first game of the shortened 2013 NHL season at Rogers Arena on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Fans arrive for the Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks in the teams&#8217; first game of the shortened 2013 NHL season at Rogers Arena on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Fans arrive for the Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks in the teams&#8217; first game of the shortened 2013 NHL season at Rogers Arena on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Fans arrive for the Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks in the teams&#8217; first game of the shortened 2013 NHL season at Rogers Arena on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Fans arrive for the Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks in the teams&#8217; first game of the shortened 2013 NHL season at Rogers Arena on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Fans arrive for the Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks in the teams&#8217; first game of the shortened 2013 NHL season at Rogers Arena on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Canadian recording artist Sarah McLachlan (second from left) sings the Star Spangled Banner and O Canada with students from her music school before the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks open their NHL seasons at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Fans arrive for the Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks in the teams&#8217; first game of the shortened 2013 NHL season at Rogers Arena on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Two little girls hold up Sedin twins dolls as they wait for the opening game of the shortened 2013 NHL regular season at Rogers Arena, with the Vancouver Canucks hosting the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Fans at the Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks in first game of the 2013 NHL regular season at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Fans were given one free beer on a limited first-come, first-serve basis as the Vancouver Canucks played the Anaheim Ducks in the first game of the regular season NHL action at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Nine-year-old Adam Chalmers attends his first NHL game as the Vancouver Canucks play the Anaheim Ducks in the opening game of the 2013 NHL regular season at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
A piper with the Sardis Secondary drumline performs on the plaza at Rogers Arena prior to the Vancouver Canucks hosting the Anaheim Ducks in the first game of the 2013 NHL regular season on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Vancouver Canucks host the Anaheim Ducks in the first game of the 2013 NHL regular season at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Vancouver Canucks winger Mason Raymond tosses a puck to fans during the pre-game skate prior to hosting the Anaheim Ducks in the first game of the NHL 2013 regular season at Rogers Arena on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Anaheim Ducks winger Teemu Selanne skates past a fan's sign prior to playing the Vancouver Canucks  in the teams&#8217; first regular season game of the NHL season at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
Members of the Sardis Secondary drumline perform on the plaza outside Rogers Arena prior to the Vancouver Canucks hosting the Anaheim Ducks in the teams&#8217; first game of the 2013 NHL regular season on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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