It’s like they needed a timely distraction, or something... After a few days of what could politely be called a PR nightmare for the Canucks, the team made an announcement today that actually gets the fan base involved in a positive way (well, for the most part anyway). They’re running a poll over on the team’s website and asking for your vote on which jersey they should bring back for upcoming 50th Anniversary of the team.
Your choices are...
The Flying V- These jerseys were, um... something. Designed with the help of a sports psychologist, they were part of a plan to move the Canucks out of the doldrums that was their first decade of existence. It almost worked, as a plucky bunch of upstarts in 1982 went to the Stanley Cup Finals, led by Stan Smyl, Richard Brodeur and Tiger Williams. They would have won it, too, if it hadn’t have been for those pesky Islanders. I think I am leaning towards a sentiment I see a lot on Twitter: Bring these back for games on Halloween.
The Skate- Keeping the colour scheme, but utilizing the shoulder patch logo from the V jerseys gave us an iconic look, one most associated with that magical run to the Finals in 1994. They did bring this back 2 years ago, and the response from fans is overwhelming, but I have to say I would love to see them also bring back this white one. This is the logical choice of the three, especially because we know how damn good a certain Bowie William Horvat looks in this.
The Original Orca- No. NO. NO! It is time to let the Orca swim off into the sunset forever. The team has changed ownership since the rationale for this logo (Orca Bay Sports) so let’s just stop it with this one. Please.
So if you haven’t already voted, you can go here and cast your ballot. I have to say that while my vote was for the skate jersey, my heart wanted this one.
How dare they shun jersey greatness. pic.twitter.com/Aytt3OQvhy— Johnny Canuck (@iamjohnnycanuck) August 7, 2018
Stan Mikita passes away at 78- The hockey world today mourned the loss of a superstar from the 60’s and 70’s with the passing of legendary Chicago Blackhawks star Stan Mikita. He played his entire career for Chicago, putting up 541 G 926 A 1467 PTS along with 1270 penalty minutes. He eclipsed the 100 minute mark 4 times, yet went on to win the Lady Byng Trophy twice (given to the league’s most gentlemanly player), which is one of the most remarkable feats in his storied career. He and longtime teammate Bobby Hull were among the first to use curved blades on their sticks, and Mikita was also one of the first to wear a helmet full time. He won the Hart Trophy as league MVP twice, the Art Ross 4 times, and was the only player ever to win the Hart, Art Ross and Lady Byng in the same season (and he did it not just twice, but in consecutive seasons!). Mikita played in the 1972 Summit Series (but was limited to two games due to injury, and was the first Blackhawks player to have his number retired by the team. Our condolences to our friends over at Second City Hockey, the Blackhawks and their fans, and the Mikita Family.