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Century in the making: Victoria could finally get Stanley Cup parade

Get ready, Victoria! For the first time ever, a Stanley Cup parade could happen in our beautiful city next year if all goes to plan.

Why, you ask?

If all goes as planned, Victoria will finally get its Stanley Cup parade to honour the last team from BC to win the coveted trophy 100 years ago.

Three days of celebrations are being planned for March 2025 to commemorate Victoria’s hockey legacy.

In 1925, the Western Canada Hockey League’s Victoria Cougars faced the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens in a four-game series.

Victoria won its first game at Patrick Arena, once located at the corner of Cadboro Bay Road and Epworth Street in Oak Bay.

Montreal tied the series at Vancouver’s Denman Arena, but the Cougars triumphed in games three and four at home in Oak Bay.

The centennial celebration is being organized by the Victoria Hockey Legacy Society (VHLS), which hosted the highly successful Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada in downtown Victoria earlier this year.

The VHLS is planning activities in Oak Bay and across the region, including a parade, leading up to and throughout the weekend of March 28th to 30th, 2025. Organizers are also working to facilitate an appearance by the Stanley Cup for public viewing.

“This is a great local event for the Victoria Hockey Legacy Society to support, and we look forward to a new generation of fans celebrating and learning about our region’s hockey history,” said VHLS Chair John Wilson.

“We’re also hoping to announce our next major international event soon.”

The BC Hall of Fame website notes that the 1924-25 Victoria Cougars were the second BC team to capture the Stanley Cup, a decade after the Vancouver Millionaires won it first.

The Cougars were also the last non-NHL team to win the Cup. No other team from BC has won it since.

To reach the finals, Victoria won its first-round series against Saskatoon and its second-round series against Calgary.

Members of the 1925 Victoria Cougars team engraved on the Stanley Cup include owner/coach Lester Patrick and players Jocko Anderson, Frank Frederickson, Frank Foyston, Wally Elmer, Harold “Gizzy” Hart, Harry Meeking, Jack Walker, Clem Loughlin, Gord Fraser, Haldor Halderson, and Harry “Hap” Holmes.

The Canadiens featured hockey legends such as Howie Morenz, Georges Vezina, and others.

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