The Vancouver Canucks will be honouring a 100 years of hockey in British Columbia by wearing replica jerseys of the Vancouver Millionaires tonight vs the Detroit Red Wings. In 1912, as part of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, the Millionaires became the first professional hockey team established on the West coast, and since 1915, stand as Vancouver’s only Stanley Cup winning team.
The burgundy Millionaires’ look includes jerseys that center a large V for Vancouver on the chest with beige stripes on the sleeves and beige pants. The Canucks look to fair far better than their last game against the Red Wings (a 8-3 loss on February 24th) and pay tribute to the Millionaires with a win tonight. “We’ll be wearing a different uniform and so we’re hoping for a different result” says Roberto Luongo, who will be starting tonight (x). Head Coach Alain Vigneault says that he likes the Canucks new look, “I think we look real sharp and I’m hoping that we’re going to play as well as we look” (x).
After seeing the Canucks in their historic attire at practice, Detroit Head Coach, Mike Babcock praised the team on honouring their hockey history. “This is part of the tradition of Vancouver and what’s gone on here. I think it’s a special thing and good for them that they’re doing it” (x).
The Canucks are coming off back to back wins (since recovering from a four game losing streak) and are ready to make amends for their last game against Detroit. Jannik Hansen, who has been the Canucks’ best forward as of late, says the team is up for the challenge. “We have something to prove after what happened in Detroit last time…So it should make for a good game” (x). Luongo, who is making his third consecutive start, will be sporting a Millionaires mask, and hopes that his team can show the Red Wings “that the last game was just a blip on the radar” and that the Canucks are still Cup contenders (x).