Looking at the Vancouver Giants’ accomplishments, you’d swear they’d been part of major junior hockey for years. They have a Memorial Cup win and five B.C. Division titles.
How impressive is it, then, that this team is only 10 years old?
Vancouver Giants Thru the Years
The Vancouver Giants are something else. They have a star-studded ownership group that includes singer Michael Buble, Hall of Famer Gordie Howe and former NHL coach Pat Quinn.
Their alumni include Milan Lucic, Evander Kane, Cody Franson and Gilbert Brule, among many others to make a recent impact at the NHL level.
Their head coach is Don Hay, a legend with three Memorial Cups to his name.
The Giants came to be in 2001-02. They won just 13 games in their inaugural season but jumped to 26 wins in 2002-03, 33 wins the year after that and 34 wins the year after that. Then came the Giants’ run of glory.
From 2005-06 to 2009-10, the Giants won the Western Hockey League’s B.C. Division five consecutive times. They won the WHL Championship in 2006 before losing in the Memorial Cup final.
Their crowning achievement came in 2007 when they returned to the Memorial Cup as the host team and won it.
The hero on that squad was Lucic, who won the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as tournament MVP.
Let’s face it – Vancouver is spoiled with great hockey teams.
It has the Canucks and, in the Giants, a powerhouse junior franchise that has rapidly established a tradition of winning.