A fresh date with Bert

BOB MACKIN, 24 HOURS

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The Vancouver Canucks open their 2007-2008 regular season Friday, Oct. 5 with a GM Place visit from the San Jose Sharks.

If you miss the Sharks, they'll be back on Oct. 15.

The Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks and controversial free agent pick-up Todd Bertuzzi visit Nov. 27. "Big, Bad Bert" may return even sooner to the scene of his crime: The Ducks visit GM Place on Sept. 17 in the first of eight Canucks' exhibition games.

The regular season's other highlight will be Pittsburgh Penguin Sidney Crosby's first visit on Dec. 8.

The Canucks have four four-game homestands. The late October road trip to Columbus BlueJackets, Carolina Hurricanes, Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals is the furthest afield.

The Canucks end the regular season at home with two visits from the Calgary Flames and single games with the Colorado Avalanche and the Edmonton Oilers.

NHL's 90th anniversary season begins Sept. 29-30 in London, England when the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim play a pair at O2 Arena, the former Millennium Dome on the banks of the Thames in Greenwich.

It's also the 40th anniversary of the first expansion wave with the so-called "second six": L.A., Pittsburgh, the California Golden Seals, the Minnesota North Stars, the St. Louis Blues and the Philadelphia Flyers.

The 56th all-star game is Jan. 27 in Atlanta. CBC's Hockey Day in Canada on Feb. 9 includes Colorado at Vancouver.


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