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Jeff Cowan was assigned to the American Hockey League's Rivermen yesterday.

The Canucks sent the tough guy to the Illinois team because there weren't enough roster spots at their Manitoba Moose farm team for veterans. Matt Pettinger and Jason Krog were sent on the jet to Winnipeg as the Canucks announced their 23-man roster.

The club will pause before tonight's game to remember rookie defenceman Luc Bourdon who died in a motorcycle accident in May. His family will be at GM Place.

Opening night 50/50 proceeds will be donated in Bourdon's name to the in-house Canucks For Kids' fund and B.C. Children's Hospital. A pre-game video tribute and moment of silence will be observed.


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