Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan attended the Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks game on Monday night.
The happy couple sat in the VIP box after Harry dropped the puck in a ceremonial face-off between San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl and Vancouver Canucks captain Quinn Hughes. Also in the VIP box were local Indigenous leaders, British Columbia Premier David Eby and Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport Lana Popham.
The Jumbotron highlighted the Duke of Sussex’s Invictus Games, which will be held in Whistler and Vancouver from February 8 to February 16, 2025.
Harry is the founder and patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, which runs international multi-sport events for disabled and disabled military personnel.
Hertl spoke about the experience after the game.
“I actually had to tell him (to drop the puck) because he kept holding it and smiling,” Hertl said. “I would have said, ‘It’s time to stop.’ But it’s a cool moment. Certainly I remember it.”
Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet also said he had a brief interaction with Prince Harry.
“I fist-bumped him, but I don’t know if that’s allowed. I did it, he did it. He kind of glared at me, but he did it.” Tocchet said.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to Vancouver was not revealed until the couple appeared on the links.
Prince Harry will be the second member of the royal family to attend a Canucks game.
On October 6, 2002, Prince Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth dropped the puck with Wayne Gretzky during a Canucks-Sharks game when Markus Naslund was captain.
The couple left Britain and royal life behind and lived in North Saanich on Vancouver Island for three months in 2020.
According to Harry’s book spareThe couple considered settling in BC, where they currently live with their two children, before moving to Los Angeles.
At one point, there were rumors that the royal couple were considering a waterfront home in Kitsilano, but that was just a rumor.
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— With files from The Canadian Press
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