Indeed, Vancouver’s professional hockey team, the Millionaires, had captured the city’s first and only Stanley Cup the night before by completing a three-game sweep of the Ottawa Senators.
Representing the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA), the Millionaires dominated the Senators who were representing the National Hockey Association (NHA) in their best-of-five Stanley Cup series, outscoring their opponents 26-8 over three games.
Over 16,000 people took in the historic games at Vancouver’s Denman Arena. For those historians out there, here is how the final game unfolded by period according to the Daily Province:
•First Period: “As in the other games [Ottawa] held their own for one period and then faded into nothing. Vancouver got off to a flying start last night and should have been at least four goals up at the first intermission, but as it so happened Ottawa held them even and the period ended with the score two all.”
•Second Period: “In the second session there was never any doubt about it. Vancouver started to score early and when the regulation twenty minutes had terminated the count was 6 to 2 against the Easterners…Vancouver put on five consecutive goals in the second period and Ottawa never had a look-in at any time.”
•Third Period: “In the final period Ottawa scored a quick goal but it was their expiring effort for after that Vancouver rushed in five straight goals.”
The series-clinching game ended with a 12-3 score and was highlighted by a five-goal performance from Barney Stanley, who at the time of the game had only one month of experience playing professional hockey. Had television and Sportsnet hockey broadcasts been around at this time, a lucky fan would have walked away with $1,000,000 after Stanley’s performance that night. Thank you Safeway.
Perhaps the most famous player on that Stanley Cup championship team was Fred Taylor who led the series with seven goals, including two in the series-clinching game.
Nicknamed “Cyclone” for his superior skating and speed, Taylor’s unmatched skillset was developed from years of skating on frozen rivers, and proved to be the difference maker for the Millionaires.
While not many, if any, people would be old enough to remember this lone Stanley Cup in Vancouver exactly 100 years to this day, we are nonetheless proud to honour and remember the legacy and great achievement that this team set forth for hockey in this province.