On Saturday, March 16, 2013 the Vancouver Canucks will be wearing throwback replica jerseys that pay homage to the Vancouver Millionaires, a team that changed hockey as we know it and paraded down Denman Street with the Stanley Cup in 1915.
The Vancouver Millionaires were the first professional hockey team on the West Coast, playing in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) from 1912 through 1922. The Millionaires swept a best-of-five interleague series to win the Stanley Cup in 1915 against the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey Association (which later became the National Hockey League). The Millionaires played that series at home in the 10,500 seat Denman Arena built by Frank and Lester Patrick at the corner of Georgia and Denman.
Seeking a faster paced level of hockey, the Patrick brothers revolutionized the game and were founding fathers of professional hockey in Vancouver as they introduced the PCHA and a number of new rules. The Patricks oversaw significant innovations including adding numbers to players’ sweaters, allowing forward passing in the neutral zone, implementing the penalty shot and utilizing artificial ice.
Saturday’s game is against the Red Wings, which also holds significance. The Patricks’ other original PCHA team, the Victoria Cougars, transitioned leagues from the PCHA to Western Canada Hockey League then Western Hockey League before the NHL Detroit Cougars (now the Red Wings) purchased Victoria’s roster in 1926.
You can purchase Vancouver Millionaires merchandise at Rogers Arena and the Canucks Team Store for two weeks starting March 16th so be sure to pick up some gear while supplies last. Pre-orders are also available at this time and you can also inquire about game-worn gear.
I have a Vancouver Millionaires t-shirt and a hat to give away thanks to the Canucks as well. Here’s how you can enter to win:
- Leave a comment with your favourite Canucks team look over the years (1 entry)
- Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, March 18, 2013. Follow the Canucks on Facebook and Twitter this season for more special events, game information, and news from the team.
Update The winner is Mila M!