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THIS DAY IN VANCOUVER: March 26th

March 26, 2014 | by  |  This Day In Vancouver

1915:

“Vancouver Millionaires Win Hockey Championship of World,” exclaims a headline in the Vancouver Province as, in the Denman Arena in front of 5,000 fans, Vancouver wins the Stanley Cup.

“The Vancouver team outplayed the Ottawas from every standpoint,” the paper gloats, of the team’s 12 to 8 victory over Ottawa, “but the superb checking back and untiring persistency of the coast forwards proved a tremendous factor in the ultimate result.”

“They outplayed us in all departments,” Ottawa manager Frank Shaughnessy admits after the game. “Your forwards came back so fast and outskated our men so that the defence did not get much chance.”

This year marks the first time that the respective champions of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and the National Hockey Association have officially competed for the Stanley Cup (a two game series between Toronto and Victoria the previous year was deemed ineligible), and marks the farthest west the cup itself has travelled in its history. The Millionaires have already soundly defeated the Senators in the first three games of the best-of-five series, led strongly by the efforts of Fred “Cyclone” Taylor.

“The final game of the series was the least exciting,” the paper complains. “The Ottawas appeared to realize that they were up against a better team and their methods lacked the dash and vim of the other games, though they tried hard for a while. Both teams played loosely and the hockey served up was notable chiefly for its lack of class. For a world’s championship event it was indeed a rather poor exhibition.”

The Millionaires (awarded $300 a player for the win) will make it to the playoffs five subsequent times (twice as the Vancouver Maroons) without success, and the team will eventually fold in 1926.

The game will mark the city’s only Stanley Cup victory. The event does not even make the front page.

 

IMAGE: The Vancouver Millionaires, 1914. Image Courtesy of the Vancouver Archives.

Jesse Donaldson is a journalist and historian whose work has appeared in VICE, The Tyee, subTerrain, and SadMag. If you think THIS is neat, an expanded "This Day In Vancouver", is now available in book form, in bookstores everywhere, and online at Anvil Press.

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