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Canucks unveil Millionaires throwback jerseys

Mar 1, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

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On Saturday, March 16, Vancouver will honor the first and only Stanley Cup championship in the city’s history as the Canucks will wear Vancouver Millionaires jerseys against the Detroit Red Wings.

Here’s more, from Canucks.com:

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.

The March 16th game also bears significance as the Canucks welcome the Red Wings. 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.

For more on the history of the Millionaires and this latest initiative, click here.

For a space to make jokes about Vancouver celebrating a Stanley Cup championship that happened 98 years ago, hit up the comments section.

(Photo courtesy Canucks.com)

  1. loinstache - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    take that, the 1915 ottawa sentators!
    *flips and torches a horse carriage*

    • elvispocomo - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Too soon?

    • withseidelinn - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      that was very funny

  2. 950003cups - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Much cooler looking jerseys than those 1994 Canuck jerseys, and even better than those mid 90′s Islanders jerseys (Gorton Fishsticks logo)

    • elvispocomo - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      Almost anything’s better than those fishsticks jerseys…

    • dipthatchip - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      i for one loved those. now I want long john silvers

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 1, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      The Penguins are going to unveil their BANKRUPTNAIRE jersey this season also !

  3. thehighcountrybear - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Smooooooth move Vancouver! Trying to disarm the powerhouse Wings by rendering them hysterical…the game’s hard enough without being weak in the knees from laughter [ there are road gangs in Alabama with more tasteful rigging ]. Still, when your rafters offer nothing in the way of championship banners, clinging to threads of history will suffice at needs. Bit of a marketing gaffe though, these jerseys would have fallen off the shelves by the dozens had they waited until Christmas…

  4. jhuck92 - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    EA Canada is bound to have these sweaters in NHL 13 by next week. I’m not that surprised because Vancouver already has around 10 jerseys to choose from

  5. r8rbhawk - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Has Vancouver ever had a decent looking jersey? Over 100 years of horrid uniforms…

  6. einjzmolf - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    They look like WHL alternate jerseys lol.

    • elvispocomo - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      The WHL Vancouver Giants did use them a few years back in a one off game as well.

      http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_tAkMrO6Lul8/SSj3_tK2TqI/AAAAAAAAFBE/mBFVY_g5QUo/s400/_C4G5129.jpg

  7. thehighcountrybear - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Speaking of throwbacks, who’s that doing modelling?

    • rodeoclowndc - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Looks like Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

      Wait, no – he’d be wearing a Wings sweater…

  8. leepetertk - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    What is the color of a Canuck?

    blue green and white
    then orange yellow and black
    then red yellow and black
    then red yellow black and white
    then red blue silver black and white
    back to blue green and white
    now maroon and white
    (also insert third jerseys…)

  9. pavelfitzgerald - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Wow those are hideous !!

  10. thedavesiknowiknow - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Oh…..hey…..another ugly throwback….
    To the “original 6″: Your jerseys are beautiful and classy. Carry on.
    To every other team (who don’t seem to get it): Your attempt will (already in may cases “did”) pretty much looks like this. Stop.

  11. withseidelinn - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Am I the only one who does not understand why one would ever commit to the pose Kesler is doing?

    • loinstache - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      maybe we’ve all watched enough hockey to understand what a centre looks like before a draw?

  12. williplett - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Who needs to make jokes about a Stanley Cup win from 98 years ago? I was just wondering what injury Kesler suffered getting out of that throwback.

  13. steverolley - Mar 1, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    I hope the Canucks start wearing all of their old jerseys, its kind of the tradition to radically change the jersey every ten years

  14. tbeilfuss - Mar 1, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Is this how Mrs. Kessler broke his foot?

  15. 8man - Mar 1, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Pro and semi-pro hockey has such a rich heritage filled with incredible stories. Fortunately, our children and their children will be able to see what we see preserved on digital media.

    I thank God for my Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup champions DVD set everyday.

    It’ll be a great game. I like the sweater. And I will make it a point to watch.

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