If you wanted to get your hands on a Vancouver Canucks Diwali jersey, well, hopefully you were willing to fork out a small fortune for it.
Ahead of Diwali’s Friday night game against the Nashville Predators, the team sported a special yellow jersey with designs by local artist Jag Nagra.
The main crest has been transformed into a special Diwali icon that incorporates the stylized Canucks Stick in Rink logo with iconography familiar with Diwali festivities including a diya (clay lamp), fireworks, flower lotus, stylized mustard and other South Asian motifs. The colors are reminiscent of the glittering hues at dusk during these festivities and celebrations, ”the Canucks said in a press release.
The jerseys are not available to the public in stores, but the team was offering an auction through their Vanbase store until after midnight for the uniforms worn by the players, which were then autographed. Limited quantities of jerseys were available for purchase at Rogers Arena, with a crest available for player names in English, Punjabi or Hindi.
Even Vancouverite actor Seth Rogen wanted to get his hands on it.
Elias Pettersson’s Diwali jersey was the top-selling, according to the auction website, selling for a price of $ 4,925. Other top earners were Thatcher Demko ($ 2,925), Quinn Hughes ($ 2,900), Bo Horvat ($ 2,853) and Brock Boeser ($ 2,525). Part of the proceeds from the auction were donated to the Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective (PMRC).
For those looking for Diwali themed products, Vanbase has a few ordering and pre-ordering options, including hoodies, t-shirts, mugs, lanyards, key chains, and pins.
Despite looking good in the warm-up, the Canucks were on the wrong end of the scoreboard on Friday, losing 3-2 to the Predators.
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