"We have a team with grit and character that this city can really get behind and be proud of, and we're going to need everyone behind us to make this season something special," Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi said.
"This is a hockey town. We played a Nutrilite (Canadian Championship) game, our version of your U.S. Open Cup the same night the Canucks had a playoff game. We had 16,000 people at Empire Stadium, which we were shocked by. We were delighted to have that many come out and cheer us on," Lenarduzzi said. "We definitely are not getting the awareness and visibility that we were prior to (the NHL) playoffs."