"Sport brings communities together, and I am proud of our government's continuing work to support all levels of sport to return to play and work toward our 'new normal.' Our collective efforts made B.C. a strong contender, and we will continue to consider all opportunities to showcase sport in B.C".
"Now we look forward and are very excited to welcome our Canucks players back for training camp at Rogers Arena in the coming weeks".
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said last month he was considering 10 bids; Columbus, Dallas, Minneapolis-St.
"From the beginning our goal was to help the NHL get hockey back on the ice if we could", said chief operating officer Trent Carroll in a statement.
Asked about any concerns that Vancouver might be out of the running because of its regulations in place, Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry reaffirmed that B.C. would not compromise its plan in the event that any member of an National Hockey League team were to test positive for the virus.
Following a snag in Vancouver's bid to be a hub city for the NHL's return-to-play plan, the league has begun focusing on other options, Sportsnet can confirm. Teams would be responsible for their own COVID-19 testing and have to stay separate from the general population for a 14 days isolation period.
Toronto and Edmonton remain the only Canadian cities left in the running while American cities in contention include Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Chicago. "Vancouver - and anybody who has been paying any attention at all knows this - is the best possible place for them to come because we enforce public health rules in B.C. thoroughly and completely".
The announcement comes after Health Minister Adrian Dix was questioned earlier Thursday on whether the province's approach to preventing the spread of COVID-19 would lead to Vancouver losing out on the possibility of being a hub city.
The NHL is expected to announced hub cities by the end of the week.
- With files from Dirk Meissner in Victoria.