There have been rumours of this matchup in an outdoor game since at least 2011, and last April during an Insider Trading segment, TSN gave the heads up it was a near certainty to go next season.
Today came the confirmation:
As the press release notes, the "heritage" this aims to commemorate is the 1915 Stanley Cup final played between the Vancouver Millionaires and the original Ottawa Senators (the Millionaires won by the way if you don't remember).
Aside from who might comprise an Ottawa alumni team roster (a topic Graeme tackled before), my most immediate thought is will the Senators be wearing/selling a new sweater for this occasion.
Both Ottawa and Vancouver have released throwback sweaters in the last two years, so one could see them simply wearing those. The Canucks bought the Millionaires trademarks in 2010, and the uniform they debuted last season looks awfully similar to what the team wore in 1915.
Ottawa's "O" Heritage Sweater while clearly beautiful, has very little in common with the Senators 1915 duds as this very small picture I found shows:
Basically a full on barber-pole with a crest made of the Union Jack and a Dominion Of Canada flag...plus some gold ribbon.
If the Senators are truly out to avenge this loss, shouldn't they be wearing the same?
In any case it should be a fun time (even if the roof is closed), I think I'll be there, and hopefully a few thousand other Senators fans will make the trip.
If they have to close the roof and still call it an outdoor game, does that mean Tampa Bay's Thunderdome era were all outdoor games?
I would LOVE to see a white version of the current heritage sweater trotted out. That would be incredible.
@punk_fiction Your right. It's only called a Union Jack when it's on a ship. On land it should be referred to as a Union Flag. It's the flag over 100 000 Canadians fought and died under in two world wars. It's part of our history and our heritage. We would not be the country we are today without it. I think we should celebrate that history,. not be ashamed of it.
@Chrislennon_GOA @punk_fiction i'm sorry, but my First Nation ancestors, along with my French and Irish ancestors would beg to differ.... Those Canadians fought for their country and the idea of freedom, not a foreign ruler or flag. Canada has, and always will be made up of people from many nations, that is what you celebrate.
Dude. This is a three-month-old blog post about a hockey game. What a weird venue to vent your personal frustration with the way we honour our colonial heritage, especially considering the first comment was actually pretty tame. I don't mean to pick on you, but doesn't this argument seem a tad out of place?
I wrote out this long message mentioning how the British reneged on a deal with the First Nations after the War of 1812 (not the first nor the last time that happened), terra nullius and Aboriginals in Australia, and a few other things, but its pointless. You're not hear for a debate, your hear to push your views.
The fact of the matter is the Sens office would never use a British flag into its uniform, given the make up of the capital region. Canada has only ever had one flag specified by law to be used as a national flag, and that's the same one we have today.
@punk_fiction @Chrislennon_GOAI don't know which First Nation you belong to, but in Ontario many of them purposely chose to come here to live under the protection and freedom that flag afforded. I'd be a fool to say that it has been a match made in heaven to say the least. However First Nations people have volunteered to serve under that flag for more than three centuries. I have no business telling you your history, but I encourage you to talk to an elder about it. Some of my ancestors were famine Irish, so I know of what you speak, but "British" isn't an ethnicity, it's an idea. Even Gandhi believed that. People and societies are the sum total of their experiences, good, bad, and indifferent. I believe existing under the Union flag afforded countries like Canada and Australia the ideas and protection that allowed us to build the open, tolerant, freedom loving and flawed societies we are today. This has been fun. Peace and love.