Vancouver Millionaires

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Vancouver Millionaires
Vancouver Millionaires maroon logo.svg
City Vancouver, British Columbia
League PCHA (1911 to 1924)
WCHL (1924 to 1926)
Operated 1911 to 1926
Home arena Denman Arena
Colours Maroon and white
Franchise history
1911 to 1922 Vancouver Millionaires
1922 to 1926 Vancouver Maroons

The Vancouver Millionaires (later known as the Vancouver Maroons) were a professional ice hockey team that competed in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and the Western Canada Hockey League between 1911 and 1926. Based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, they played in Denman Arena, the first artificial ice surface in Canada and the largest indoor ice rink in the world.[1]

The Millionaires/Maroons succeeded as PCHA champions six times (1915, 1918, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924) and won the Stanley Cup once, in 1915, against the Ottawa Senators of the NHA.

Their jerseys were maroon, featuring a white V with "Vancouver" spelled down one side of the V and up the other. Hall of Famers Fred "Cyclone" Taylor, Mickey MacKay and Didier Pitre were among the most significant players to don the Millionaires/Maroons uniform in the team's history.

On October 1, 2010, the Vancouver Canucks president and management officially announced that the Vancouver Canucks had purchased the rights to logos, jerseys and trademarks of the Vancouver Millionaires.

On March 16, 2013, the Vancouver Canucks wore the jerseys of the Vancouver Millionaires in a game against the Detroit Red Wings. They did so again on March 2, 2014 in the 2014 Heritage Classic against the Ottawa Senators.

Team history[edit]

In 1911, the Patrick brothers Frank and Lester, inaugurated their own professional ice hockey league on the west coast, the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, giving birth to three teams, one of which was the Vancouver Millionaires. Frank aligned himself with Vancouver, playing for, coaching and managing the team. In order to earn credibility as a league, the PCHA lured players from the NHA, and in 1912, the Millionaires acquired the highly touted Cyclone Taylor, who would play for and star in Vancouver for the following ten seasons — the remainder of his career. During his tenure in Vancouver, Taylor tallied 263 points in 131 games.

The 1915 Stanley Cup winning team.

Upon the 1914-1915 season, the NHA and PCHA came to an agreement that each league's respective champion would play for the Stanley Cup; in the first year of this agreement, the Millionaires — led by Patrick and Taylor — emerged as league champion and defeated the Ottawa Senators to earn their first and only Stanley Cup championship. In a best-of-five series played at Denman Arena, the Millionaires swept Ottawa by scores of 6-2, 8-3, and 12-3; Taylor led the team with 6 goals. At the time, it was the furthest west the Cup had been awarded and is Vancouver's only Stanley Cup champion.

In 1918, Vancouver would once again compete for the Stanley Cup, defeating the Seattle Metropolitans in a two-game final for the PCHA title, but would be defeated by the Toronto Arenas of the NHL (evolved from the NHA) three games to two. Between 1918 and 1924, Vancouver would win the PCHA title in five of seven seasons. In 1921 and 1922, they were defeated by the Ottawa Senators and Toronto St. Pats in back-to-back Cup Finals, respectively. In 1922, the team changed its name to the Vancouver Maroons and, although league champion in the PCHA's final two seasons, Vancouver would not compete for the Stanley Cup. As a result of the newly founded Western Canada Hockey League, the PCHA champion would have to defeat the WCHL champion en route to a Cup series against the NHL champion; the Maroons would fall to the Edmonton Eskimos in 1923 and the Calgary Tigers in 1924.

Following the 1923-1924 season, the Maroons were absorbed by the WCHL upon the PCHA's demise, but would not achieve the same success of the previous years. In 1926, the WCHL suffered the same fate of the PCHA, and after fifteen years, the team subsequently folded, as well.

Tributes[edit]

In 1999, local rock star [2] and bodybuilder Jon Mikl Thor started VM Sports, a company to market a line of Millionaires apparel. Since there were no genuine Millionaires sweaters extant since a fire destroyed Denman Arena in 1936, Thor trademarked the Vancouver Millionaires name and the "Victory V" logo. On May 1, 2008, the BC Sports Hall Of Fame was donated one such Millionaires sweater from VM Sports, which is now featured in the Hall's Cyclone Taylor display.[3] On October 1, 2010 the Vancouver Canucks parent company, Canucks Sports & Entertainment, acquired the Vancouver Millionaires trademark from Thor.[4]

In honour of the Millionaires as the city's only Stanley Cup-winning team, the Vancouver Giants, a major junior Western Hockey League (WHL) team, wore Millionaires jerseys during their November 21, 2008 game against the Kamloops Blazers on the team's "Stanley Cup Legends Night".[5] That same month, the Canucks unveiled their new third jerseys, including a new shoulder logo that pays tribute to the Millionaires by including a "V".[6]

In the shortened 2013 season the Vancouver Canucks will wear the Millionaires' "V" on their jersey, to honour those whose spirit laid the path they stand on today. And for a very special night on March 16, to celebrate Vancouver's 100-year hockey legacy, the team wore the historic uniform of the Vancouver Millionaires as they took on the Detroit Red Wings on home ice.[7]

On March 2, 2014, the Vancouver Canucks will wear the Millionaires jersey once more against the Ottawa Senators, who will also be wearing their historic jersey during the 2014 Heritage Classic.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Vancouver Millionaires for the 1913–14 season.

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against

Season Name League GP W L T GF GA Finish Playoffs
1912 Millionaires PCHA 15 7 8 0 102 94 2nd -
1912–13 16 7 9 0 84 89 2nd -
1913–14 15 6 9 0 76 83 3rd -
1914–15 17 13 4 0 115 71 1st Won Stanley Cup
1915–16 18 9 9 0 75 69 2nd -
1916–17 24 14 9 0 71 124 2nd -
1917–18 18 9 9 0 70 60 2nd Lost in Cup final
1918–19 20 12 8 0 72 55 1st Lost league playoff
1919–20 22 11 11 0 75 65 2nd -
1920–21 24 13 11 0 86 79 1st Lost in Cup final
1921–22 24 12 12 0 77 68 2nd Lost in Cup final
1922–23 Maroons 30 17 12 1 116 88 1st Lost in Cup Semi-final
1923–24 30 13 16 1 87 80 2nd Lost in Cup semi-final
1924–25 WCHL 28 12 16 0 91 102 5th -
1925–26 WHL 30 10 18 2 64 90 6th -

Hall of Fame players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tourism Vancouver (2007). "Vancouver's History". Tourism Vancouver. Retrieved 2007-10-22. [dead link]
  2. ^ Reference Needed
  3. ^ Mackin, Bob (2008-05-02). "Back in the money". 24 Hours Vancouver. Retrieved 2008-05-12. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Canucks Sports & Entertainment announces acquisition of Vancouver Millionaires trademarks". Vancouver Canucks. 1 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Cup, legends coming to Giants". The Province. 2008-11-05. Retrieved 2008-11-05. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Vancouver Canucks unveil new third jersey". Georgia Straight. 2008-11-14. Retrieved 2009-03-07. 
  7. ^ http://canucks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=86493

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