Trace(s): Cyclone Taylor and the Vancouver Millionaires
1915: The Millionaires secure Vancouver's only Stanley Cup win, powered by star centre Fred "Cyclone" Taylor
Long before the Canucks, if you mentioned professional hockey in Vancouver, you were talking about the Millionaires. In 1911, Joseph Patrick and his hockey playing sons, Lester and Frank, put their money down and created the local team that won the Stanley Cup four years later. When the family started their quest, local hockey was more of an intermittent curiosity than a passion. Once Denman Arena opened, with its guarantee of ice in the rainiest of winters, the fan base grew. It became the rage to follow Cyclone Taylor’s career, and comment on his never before seen pay package. For their efforts in changing the game and making pro hockey a West Coast thing, Joe and his two sons were inducted into the hockey hall of fame.
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Written by: John Wellwood
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