The Vancouver Canucks and Oregon Ducks announced Thursday the NHL is moving forward with the sale of its Oregon textile center to Eugene, Ore.
The Vancouver Canucks acquired the Eugene textile company in a three-way deal that saw the Ducks trade forward Ryan Kesler and defenseman Ryan Garbutt to Vancouver for defenseman Erik Gudbranson and defenseman Alex Biega.
The Canucks are slated to open their new training facility, the Eugene Memorial Arena, in January.
The Ducks were awarded the contract for the Eugene-based Eugene textile factory, which is one of the largest in the United States.
Eugene textile manufacturer Tom Kostin and Eugene’s own John Tully founded the Eugene factory in the early 1970s.
The Eugene factory was part of a deal in which the Ducks received four first-round draft picks in 1971 and 1973, along with a sixth-round pick in 1977.
Kesler, who signed with the Ducks as an undrafted free agent in 2007, is the only player who was a first-year NHLer when he signed with Eugene.
He scored three goals and added seven assists in 19 games last season.
Garbutt, who was acquired by the Ducks in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers last season, has played in 82 NHL games for the Ducks.
Keenan Jarosch and Justin Fontaine were among the players to receive first- and second-round picks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
They signed with Portland in a seven-player deal.
The trade of Kesler was the largest contract the Ducks have received in the past 10 years.
They received five picks in 2010 and 11 in 2011.
The sale of Garbutt comes two years after the Ducks signed him to a five-year contract extension worth an estimated $3.6 million, and two years following the Ducks’ move to Anaheim in the wake of the team’s Stanley Cup win in 2011 that sent the team to the first round of the playoffs.