The Vancouver Canucks will pay tribute to the last team to bring the Stanley Cup to Canada's West Coast when they wear replica jerseys of the 1915 Vancouver Millionaires for a home game against Detroit on Saturday March 16. The Canucks modeled the jerseys for a team photo this morning at Rogers Arena. The uniforms feature burgundy tops with beige stripes on the sleeves and beige pants. There is a large V for Vancouver on the chest.
The Millionaires were the first professional hockey team based in Vancouver and played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association from 1912 through 1922. Led by legendary Cyclone Taylor, the Millionaires claimed the Stanley Cup in 1915 by sweeping a best of five series 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. The rink—the largest in the world at the time—was built by Frank and Lester Patrick at the corner of Georgia and Denman Streets.
The March 16 game also bears significance as the Canucks play host to 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.