05/20/2015 07:42 EDT | Updated 05/20/2016 05:59 EDT

Vancouver Canucks heading to Prince George for training camp, says Trevor Linden

Vancouver Canucks fans in Prince George, B.C., will have a chance to see their favourite team in action this fall when players head north for their pre-season training camp.

Canucks President Trevor Linden announced on Wednesday the team will be hitting the ice at Prince George's CN Centre between September 18 and 20. 

"I wanted to go somewhere that we hadn't been before. I started planting the seed and everyone was looking at me like 'Prince George!?' and I said, 'Yeah, I want to go to Prince George for training camp,'" he said.

'This is what matters'

The Canucks' on-ice practices will be open to the public, and a complete schedule is expected to be announced soon.

Linden said during his 16 seasons playing for the Canucks, it always meant a lot for him to travel around the province and practise in communities that otherwise might not get to see the team in person.

"I realized the Vancouver Canucks weren't just about Vancouver. It was really British Columbia's team," said Linden.

"I wanted our players to have the opportunity to see how passionate the fans here in Prince George are and how special our team is to them, so when they're travelling around North America playing these important games, they remember that this is what matters right here. This is where our fans and our passion lies."