Apr 22, 2013; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) makes a stop on a shot from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period at Scotiabank Place. The Penguins defeated the Senators 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Could the Vancouver Canucks Go Beige for 2014 NHL Heritage Classic?

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The Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators jerseys for the 2014 NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at B.C. Place Stadium is still unknown at this point.

A staple of the Heritage Classic and Winter Classic has been the throwback sweaters worn by the participating teams.

The Canucks are expected to don some kind of Vancouver Millionaires jerseys since it has been announced the game will remember the 1915 Stanley Cup matchup between the Millionaires and Senators.

The 2014 matchup between Vancouver and Ottawa recalls and celebrates some of the earliest history of the Stanley Cup® Championship.

In 1915, the Vancouver Millionaires™, the first professional hockey team on the West Coast, were crowned champions of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. Meanwhile, in the rival league from the East, the National Hockey Association, which two years later became the National Hockey League, the Ottawa Senators were skating to a league title. Earlier, the two leagues agreed to play a series between the champions of each league with the Stanley Cup® awarded to the victor. The Millionaires swept a best-of-five series to claim the Stanley Cup® Championship.

This tidbit from Icethetics about the jerseys from earlier this month caught my attention:

No jerseys have been released yet, but rumors suggest the Sens may wear a white/vintage white version of their black third jersey. That would allow the Canucks to wear the maroon Millionaires throwback they used last season.

It is an interesting rumour and idea. However, from a marketing and business standpoint, it doesn’t make much sense for the Canucks to wear the exact same jerseys as they did a year ago against the Detroit Red Wings on March 16, 2013.

It was supposed to be a one-off and the jerseys were put on sale at the Canucks Team Store for a “limited time” complete with a certificate of authenticity.

I would imagine the Canucks would like to go with a ‘different’ Millionaires jersey. That way they can sell another jersey to existing owners of a Millionaires jersey and the originals retain its “limited edition” status.

Instead of the Senators going with a white version of their current black third jersey, they could wear their (in)famous “barber pole” jerseys.

The Canucks could then go with a beige version of their Millionaires jersey. Think the existing one, but the maroon becomes beige and the beige becomes maroon—creating a predominantly light-coloured jersey.

This arrangement would allow both teams get a ‘new’ jersey for the Heritage Classic.

1914–15 Ottawa Senators Team Photo

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1933 Ottawa Senators Jersey Illustration

Alex Laney [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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