On This Day: Game #1 for the Vancouver Giants (September 21st, 2001)
The Giants Take the Ice
On September 21st, 2001, 19-years ago today – The Vancouver Giants took to the ice for their first ever WHL regular season game in front of a crowd of 7750 at the Pacific Coliseum. At the opposite end were the Kamloops Blazers, who at the time were the closest B.C. rival to the Giants. Their roster boasted future NHL’ers Scottie Upshall and Erik Christensen.
A Physical Affair
The Giants and Blazers combined for 156 penalty minutes in a fight-filled contest. Even the goaltenders got in the act as Giants netminder Donald Choukalos and Blazers starter Davis Parley were each assessed 12 minutes in penalties.
Mulock Makes History
Giants fans were ready to explode. Even though the Blazers took a 4-0 lead into the third period, you just knew that the young Giants were going to give their fans a goal to cheer about and at 4:28 of the final period, Tyson Mulock recorded the first ever goal in the history of the Vancouver Giants. Tyson Marsh and Mark Ardelan would each draw the helpers. Nick Marach would add a late marker for the Giants with under two minutes remaining in what would end up being a 5-2 victory for the Kamloops Blazers.
Present Day: Giants Still Making Their Mark
Over the course of 19 years, the Vancouver Giants have treated their fans to some unforgettable moments and experiences that will last a lifetime. On the ice the Giants captured the 2006 WHL Championship, the 2007 Memorial Cup Championship (hosted in Vancouver) and six B.C. Division titles. Additionally the Giants have developed over 30 NHL draft picks, and 28 former Giants have suited up in the NHL.
As the Giants forge ahead into their 20th season in the WHL, they remain committed to excellence both on the ice and in the community.
To each and every person who has helped contribute to the greatness and the legacy of the Vancouver Giants through the past 19 years – Thank you.