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Ken Bracko to be honoured by Calgary Canucks with Saturday tribute

WATCH ABOVE: The Calgary Junior ‘A’ Canucks have dedicated this season to Ken Bracko, and it begins with a special and emotional weekend. Global’s Brendan Parker reports.

CALGARY – The 2015-16 Calgary Jr. A Canucks season is dedicated to the late Ken Bracko, and on Saturday the team will begin with a fitting tribute.

The Canucks will raise a banner to the rafters of Max Bell Centre before their home opener in honour of the man who dedicated much of his life to hockey in Calgary.

Bracko passed away on Aug. 4 at the age of 74. He spent over 30 years with the Alberta Junior Hockey League franchise, 20 of those as team president. He was also the Calgary Booster Club Sportsman of the Year for 2014.

The Canucks are also currently working with the City of Calgary to rename Max Bell Arena 1 after Bracko.

The Canucks welcome cross-town rival Calgary Mustangs in their home opener Saturday night. Puck-drop is at 7 p.m., just after the banner-raising ceremony.

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The team is also encouraging fans to come early for a pre-game tailgate party starting at 6 p.m.