The Heritage Classic will be played on Sunday at 1:00 pm in front of over 50,000 people at BC Place Stadium. The Canucks will be wearing throwback jerseys as a tribute to the Stanley Cup champion Vancouver Millionaires, who beat the Ottawa Senators in the 1915 Stanley Cup Final.
At this point, I would be happy if the Canucks scored more than one goal against the Senators. The game is going to be an event, but there are two points on the line that the Canucks desperately need them to make the playoffs, as they continue to battle injuries, scoring woes and consistency.
At the moment the weather forecast is calling for mixed precipitation, which may cause the retractable roof at BC Place to be closed during the event. Although this may not give the ‘outdoor game’ feeling that everyone was hoping for, it will help to ensure ice conditions are optimal during the game.
The event won’t be just about the game, as there are a multitude of events and entertainment happening around BC Place throughout the entire day.
The game will also be a tribute to the Vancouver Millionaires (later renamed the Vancouver Maroons) that played at the Denman Arena in Vancouver between 1911-1926. They remain the only team from these parts to win a Stanley Cup.
The Millionaires were led by Cyclone Taylor (yes, that Cyclone Taylor), who won the scoring title during their 1914-15 Stanley Cup winning season. The Millionaires finished the regular season with a 13-4-0 record.
The format of the league was different than it is today, as the Millionaires won the three team Pacific Coast Hockey Association League. This allowed Vancouver to move on and face the winner of the National Hockey Association, the Ottawa Senators.
During the three game series in the finals, the Millionaires outscored the Senators 26 to 8 on the way to hoisting the Stanley Cup. Cyclone Taylor led the Millionaires with 6 goals during the finals.
The Canucks will be looking to channel a bit offensive flare on Sunday in front of what should be a charged-up home crowd.
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See you at the game!