October 17, 2014 3:11 pm

Canucks say home sellout streak officially over

The Vancouver Canucks' home sellout streak is officially over. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

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For the first time since 2002, Rogers Arena will not be sold out for a Vancouver Canucks game.

The NHL team expects its streak of consecutive sellouts will end at 474 games when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night.

The streak began on Nov. 14, 2002 when the team was led by the likes of Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Dan Cloutier. Despite missing the playoffs last year, the Canucks managed to sell out all of their games, although there were plenty of empty seats at Rogers Arena as the John Tortorella era came to an inglorious end. The team sold out this season’s home opener against the Edmonton Oilers, but have come up short ahead of Saturday’s game.

Earlier this month, ticket broker Kingsley Bailey told Global BC that demand for Canucks tickets was down this year.

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