Giants Pay Tribute to 1945 Canucks

The WHL's Vancouver Giants opened the 2012-13 season by honoring the original Vancouver Canucks hockey club. The Giants wore special uniforms, modeled after what the 1945 Canucks — who recently joined the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

The jerseys were unveiled on Mon., Sept. 17 and then on Fri., Sept. 21, the Giants faced the Victoria Royals wearing blue instead of their iconic red. But let's be honest, they looked better than a lot of NHL teams do. This is a hockey uniform.

Despite the nice sweaters, the Giants lost 6-4 to the Royals that night. There are more pictures from the game on the Giants' website.

The original Vancouver Canucks debuted in 1945 in the Pacific Coast Hockey Leauge, which became known as the Western Hockey League in 1952. The Canucks won their fifth championship title in 1970 before giving up their identity to an NHL expansion team.