Captains Jason Spezza of the Sens and Henrik Sedin of the Canucks will sport a throwback look. (Courtesy of NHL)
By Tim Newcomb
For the outdoor Heritage Classic in Vancouver on Sunday, the Canucks will take us 100 years into their past by wearing their historic Millionaires sweaters for a celebration of the city’s 1915 Stanley Cup Final vs. the original Ottawa Senators. First worn by the team last season, their uniforms honor Vancouver’s original hockey stars, specifically the Pacific Coast Hockey Association chanpions who swept the Senators of the National Hockey Association in three games.
For Sunday’s matchup, the visiting Senators were originally planning to wear their third jersey–a black-based red- and white-striped look with a large O on the chest–but the dark color scheme did not provide enough contrast to Vancouver’s dark maroon, so Ottawa switched from black to white. But their sweaters will offer historical elements from an eight-year span, 1920 to 1927, when the Senators won the Stanley Cup four times. The large “O” crest is a throwback to a design the team wore until 1934 and the horizontal stripes and cream background on the chest, arms and socks, borrows from a barber pole look of the past, one that the Montreal Canadiens revisited during their centennial celebration in 2009.
Both the Canucks and Senators are currently struggling to make the playoffs, but perhaps harkening back to their old winning days will inspire some first-rate hockey in open-air B.C. Place on Sunday.
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Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and technology for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.