Millionaires Special Live Broadcast
Watch a live CanucksTV broadcast on Youtube.com/canucks to kick off Millionaires weekend. The program, hosted by Joey Kenward, will include interviews with special guests, historical features and opportunities for fans to win Millionaires prizes. Viewers will also be able to interact and ask questions by using the YouTube comments section.
This season, in honour of the spirit of innovation and excellence born a century ago, your Vancouver Canucks will proudly wear the patch of the Vancouver Millionaires. Join us as we celebrate a daring, brilliant chapter in hockey's history that happened right here in BC.
One hundred years ago, hockey visionaries Frank and Lester Patrick headed West and gambled everything. Great players themselves, they had become frustrated with the slow, grinding game played in the eastern-based National Hockey Association. They sold the family business, moved to Vancouver with a new vision for hockey that would change our game forever.
In 1912 they founded a new league, built new arenas, and opened up our game to showcase speed and creativity. They introduced the blue line, forward passing, line substitutions, delayed penalties, and the penalty shot. They placed numbers on sweaters, credited assists and allowed goaltenders to leave their feet. They created the first playoff system in North American sports, the one we still use today. And it all happened right here.
The Patricks built the 10,500-seat Denman Arena at the corner of Georgia and Denman streets in Coal Harbour, the world's largest rink at the time. One hundred years ago in 1912, the Vancouver Millionaires were born as the new league's flagship team, becoming the first Canadian team to play on artificial ice. Just three years later, led by superstar Fred “Cyclone” Taylor, the Millionaires would win the Stanley Cup, defeating the Ottawa Senators in three straight games.
This season your Vancouver Canucks will wear the Millionaires' "V" on our jersey, to honour those whose spirit laid the path we stand on today. And join us for a very special night on March 16th, to celebrate Vancouver's 100-year hockey legacy, as we proudly wear the historic uniform of the Vancouver Millionaires.
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