Vancouver out of the running to be hub city for the NHL: Canucks

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 Vancouver is officially out of the running to be a hub city for the NHL, according to the Canucks.

"From the beginning, our goal was to help the NHL get hockey back on the ice if we could," the team said in a tweet late Thursday afternoon. "Although Vancouver won't be a Hub City, we are still excited to see hockey start up again."

The team also thanked Premier John Horgan, Minister of Tourism Lisa Beare, and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry for their support as they worked with the league.

"Now we look forward and are very excited to welcome our Canucks players back for training camp at Rogers Arena in the coming weeks," the team said. "An exciting finish to the season is just around the corner, and we can't wait to drop the puck."

Horgan expressed his disappointment at the news on Twitter but said protecting the health and safety of B.C. residents is his number one priority, and that he will be cheering for the Canucks wherever they end up hitting the ice.

"I'm disappointed the NHL playoffs won't be coming to Vancouver, but we will not bend the rules on public health guidelines and risk the progress we made," he said.

--with files from CTV News Vancouver--