The Vancouver Canucks announced today that they will celebrate 100 years of hockey on the West Coast by wearing the Vancouver Millionaires “V” patch on their sweaters for select home games in the 2012.13 season beginning tonight versus the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Vancouver Millionaires were the first professional hockey team on the West Coast, playing in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association from 1912 through 1922. The Millionaires won the Stanley Cup in 1915 against the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey Association, which later became the NHL. The Millionaires played at the 10,500 seat Denman Arena built by Frank and Lester Patrick at the corner of Georgia and Denman and were the first Canadian team to play hockey on artificial ice.
The Canucks will wear the “V” on the front right chest of their sweaters in honour of Vancouver’s original hockey heroes such as Fred “Cyclone” Taylor, who was a member of the Stanley Cup winning Vancouver Millionaires squad.
Canucks third sweaters adorned with the “V” on the chest will be available at the Canucks Team Store at Rogers Arena beginning today and early next week at all remaining Canucks Team Store locations. The Millionaires “V” patch and other Millionaires fashion apparel will also be available at the Canucks retail stores.
The third jersey will not be exactly like the original Millionaires jeresy as we previously rumoured.
Go to canucks.com/millionaires for more information and check back often for more exciting Millionaires news as the Canucks continue to honour Vancouver’s hockey roots, particularly in-game March 16th as the Canucks host the Detroit Red Wings.