Canucks unveil Millionaires jersey; did lockout ‘maroon’ original plans?

As had been rumoured for some time, the Vancouver Canucks officially announced that they will be wearing throwback Vancouver Millionaires jerseys on March 16th against the Detroit Red Wings. It’s a great move for the team, as they further connect with the history of hockey in Vancouver.

The Millionaires were founded back in 1912, so the Canucks will be wearing the retro jerseys as part of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the team. The Canucks have already been wearing a Millionaires patch on their regular jerseys and have begun selling merchandise in the Canucks store with the logo, albeit in Canucks colours.

Since the actual 100th anniversary of the Millionaires would have come in 2012, I wonder if the Canucks had actually intended to debut the jerseys and wear them earlier in the season, but were prevented from doing so by the lockout. Taking a look at the Canucks’ original schedule, the perfect date to wear the jerseys would have been December 8th, when the Ottawa Senators were going to be in town.

Wearing the Millionaires jerseys on December 8th would have been the perfect opportunity to honour the history of hockey in Vancouver and simultaneously celebrate the city’s only Stanley Cup victory.

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Canucks take a flyer on a Flyer, claim noted puncher Tom Sestito on waivers

Just one day after being reminded that waiver claims can and do happen when the club lost Revelstoke native Aaron Volpatti to the Washington Capitals, the Vancouver Canucks have decided to act on their newfound knowledge, claiming winger Tom Sestito from the Philadelphia Flyers.

What sort of player is Sestito? Well, he’s 6’5″, 230 lbs., with 149 penalty minutes in 34 NHL games. He once fought 3 times in a game versus the New York Rangers. In the AHL, he had 867 penalty minutes in 180 games. Sounds like a skill winger.

Or a big guy that punches people. To make room for Sestito, Andrew Ebbett has been met at the airport and told to turn around.

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