The Vancouver Canucks have unveiled a bold new warm-up shirt designed to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year that welcomes the Year of the Tiger.
The bright red shirt features the Canucks logo, embroidered in gold, transforming into a tiger, along with shoulder patches inspired by the Millennium Gate in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown.
The shirt was designed by Vancouver artist, author, and entrepreneur Trevor Lay, who said the tiger jumping out of the water symbolized strength, leadership and change.
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“By transforming orca canucks into a tiger, we must imagine we can become anything we want to be, including a better ally as we celebrate the Chinese community,” Lai said in a statement provided by the team.
Inside the Millennium Gate shoulder patches, the shirt has the Chinese name for Canucks, 加 (jia ren dui).
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Lay took elements of those characters to add more symbolism to the shirt.
“加 is the same as the first character of Canada, and so she used different flowers to represent Vancouver’s diversity, including the Chinese community,” he said.
“人 Means people, and we as humankind have endured a lot in the past two years. I chose pine because it is an evergreen that represents longevity, and I believe we will live this winter of our lives together.
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“队 means the team that represents unity and strength when we come together. I chose bamboo because it is the strongest plant. I thought it was a perfect symbol for all of us on the same team in this together and that the Chinese people are an important part of our society.”
Lai said he also wanted to include the words engraved above the gate, “Remember the past and look to the future” to expand the shirt’s positive message.
The Canucks have yet to announce a game date when the jerseys will be worn or their availability for purchase.
However, the Canucks for Kids Fund said that partial proceeds from the sale of Lunar New Year merchandise will be donated to Elimin8 Hate, a Vancouver community group that fights anti-Asia racism.
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Billions of people in China, Asia, and around the world celebrate the Lunar New Year, beginning with the first lunar new moon — this year, on February 1 — and ending 15 days later on the calendar’s first full moon. .
In Vancouver, it is traditionally celebrated with a Chinese Spring Festival parade with 3,000 participants and more than 100,000 spectators – although the event was forced online due to COVID-19 in 2021.
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