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1993-1996 Vancouver Voodoo

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Vancouver VoodooRoller Hockey International (1993-1996)

Born: 1993 – RHI founding franchise
Folded: December 18, 1996

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Owners: 

Murphy Cup Championships: None

 

The Vancouver Voodoo were a modestly popular novelty hockey outfit during the mid-1990’s. The Voodoo were one of 12 original franchises in Roller Hockey International in 1993. RHI was an attempt to capitalize on the recreational in-line skating boom of the era. Teams played on a Sport Court surface layed down over the concrete sub-flooring of NBA and NHL arenas. The league gained exposure from a national cable television contract with ESPN that ran from 1993 until 1996.

Most Roller Hockey International players were minor league hockey players moonlighting during their summer off-season. A handful of retired NHL stars, such as Bryan Trottier and Ron Duguay, played in the league. The Voodoo featured former Canuck Jose Charbonneau, who led RHI in scoring during the league’s debut season in 1993.  Charbonneau used his Roller Hockey showcase to earn a new contract in the NHL with the Canucks. Bruising Vancouver native Sasha Lakovic also wet on to play in the NHL after playing for the Voodoo.

The Voodoo were founded by former Vancouver Canucks enforcer Tiger Williams and Mike King. Williams was (and still as, as of 2017) the NHL’s all-time leading in penalty minutes. In April 1996, Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, parent company of the Canucks and the NBA’s Vancouver Grizzlies, purchased the Voodoo. The Voodoo moved into the brand-new General Motors Place for the summer 1996 campaign. But Orca Bay changed hands in November 1996. New owner John McCaw folded the Roller Hockey franchise in December 1996, just eight months after Orca Bay acquired the team.

The Voodoo won the division for all four seasons of their existence. The team under-performed in the postseason though and never made it past the second round of the playoffs.

 

Vancouver Voodoo Shop

Wheelers, Dealers, Pucks & Bucks: A Rocking History of Roller Hockey Interational. Richard Neil Graham

 

Voodoo Video

Voodoo vs. the San Jose Rhinos at San Jose Arena from a 1994 ESPN broadcast.

In Memoriam

Sasha Lakovic (Voodoo ’93-’94) died from brain cancer on April 25, 2017 at the age of 45. CBC News obituary.

 

Links

Roller Hockey International Media Guides

Roller Hockey International Programs

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June 5, 1969 – Vancouver Mounties vs. Montreal Expos

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Vancouver Mounties ProgramVancouver Mounties vs. Montreal Expos
June 5, 1969
Capilano Stadium
Attendance: 5,906

Pacific Coast League Programs

 

This attractive, landscape-style program comes from a June 1969 exhibition contest between the Montreal Expos and the Vancouver Mounties of the Pacific Coast League.

In-season exhibitions between Major League teams and their farm clubs are sadly a thing of the past, although the practice was commonplace as late as the 1980’s.  In fact, this game was one of three such contests played on this night alone in 1969: the Atlanta Braves also played their Richmond Braves affiliate and the Minnesota Twins took on the Denver Bears of the American Association.

This was an interesting match-up because one team was on the way in and the other on the way out.  Montreal was two months deep into their expansion season in the National and man, were they ever terrible.  The Expos rode an 18-game losing streak into Vancouver’s Capilano Stadium.  One could presume that the Expos pitching staff was rather banged up from such a luckless run.  Rather than burn a pitcher from the Major League roster, Montreal flew in a 22-year old right-hander named John Glass from their Class A farm team in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Don Hahn Montreal ExposThe Mounties, meanwhile, were at the end of a 13-year run in the city of Vancouver.  The 1969 Mounties had the unenviable duty of serving as a farm club to two different sad-sack, last-place Major League expansion clubs – the Expos and the Seattle Pilots.  At the end of the 1969 season, the Mounties would leave Vancouver to move to Salt Lake City.

The game drew a near-capacity crowd of 5,906 to Capilano Stadium (better known today as Nat Bailey Stadium).  The Mounties got to John Glass for a four-run outburst in the fourth inning.  The Mounties’ big hit was a two-run double off the bat of Don Hahn, a 20-year old Expos prospect who had been the starting center fielder for Montreal in the franchise’s first Major League game two months earlier.  The Mounties held on for a 5-3 win.

The loss was the Expos’ 19th in a row.  For John Glass, the young Class A pitcher who started for Montreal, the exhibition was as close as he would get to the Major Leagues during an eight-year minor league career that ended in 1974.

 

==Links==

More Major League vs. Minor League Baseball Exhibitions

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1974-1984 Vancouver Whitecaps

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Vancouver Whitecaps Media GuideNorth American Soccer League (1974-1984)

Born: December 11, 1973 – NASL expansion franchise.
Folded: January 1985

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Team Colors:

  • 1977: Red & White
  • 1980: Cyan, Royal Blue & White

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Soccer Bowl Champions: 1979

 

The original Vancouver Whitecaps were British Columbia’s beloved pro soccer club of the 1970’s and early 1980’s.  The club competed in the North American Soccer League from 1974 until 1984.  The ‘Caps also brought an attractive slate of international exhibitions to Vancouver, importing top foreign clubs such as Fluminense, Manchester City, Manchester United, Rangers and Roma for friendly matches and tournaments.  From 1980 to 1984, the Whitecaps played indoor soccer during the winter months.

Vancouver Whitecaps Media GuideOne of the NASL’s top clubs during the late 1970’s, the Whitecaps finest hour came at the conclusion of the 1979 season.  The Whitecaps dispatched the two-time defending champion New York Cosmos in the playoff semi-finals.  Then, on the Cosmos’ home ground at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, the Whitecaps beat the Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-1 in Soccer Bowl ’79 to capture their first and only title.  An estimated 100,000 fans gathered in downtown Vancouver for a parade to honor the team.

Midway through the 1983 season, the Whitecaps left their long-time home at Empire Stadium to move into the 60,000-seat B.C. Place stadium.  The team’s first game at B.C. Place on June 20, 1983 drew 60,342 fans, which set a Canadian pro soccer attendance record which would stand for three decades.

But attendance in the new dome dipped quickly and by the start of the 1984 season, founding owner Herb Capozzi turned over controlling interest in the team to oil millionaire Bob Carter.  Carter’s reign was an embarrassment.  With the club bleeding millions of dollars, Carter made noises about folding the club in the middle of the 1984 NASL season.  The ‘Caps would end up finishing out the year, knocked out in the playoff semi-finals by the Chicago Sting.  While the ‘Caps were playing out what would be their final games in late 1984, Carter was busy getting himself into hot water for lurid S&M hijinks with a pair of underage prostitutes.

Deep in debt, and with the rest of the NASL collapsing around it, the Vancouver Whitecaps declared bankruptcy in January 1985 and went out of business.  The Whitecaps name was revived in 2001 and the “new” Whitecaps now compete in Major League Soccer.

 

Vancouver Whitecaps Memorabilia

 

In Memoriam

Alan Ball (Whitecaps ’79-’80) died April 25, 2007 of a heart attack while fighting a fire in his home. Daily Telegraph obituary.

Former Whitecaps GM Peter Bridgwater (’79-’83) passed away from cancer on June 21, 2005.  Soccer America obituary.

Vancouver Whitecaps founder and long-time owner Herb Capozzi died of cancer on November 21, 2011 at age 86.

 

Vancouver Whitecaps Video

The Whitecaps vs. Montreal Manic at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. August 1, 1981

 

Links

North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs

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1987-2000 Vancouver 86ers

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Vancouver 86ersCanadian Soccer League (1987-1992)
American Professional Soccer League (1993-1996)
A-League (1997-2000)

Born: 1986 – CSL founding franchise.
Re-Branded: October 26, 2000 (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Stadium: Swangard Stadium (6,500)

Team Colors:

  • 1993-????: Red, Black & White

Owners:

 

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==Vancouver 86ers Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1987

1987 6/28/1987 vs. Calgary Kickers ?? Program

1988

1988 9/25/1988 vs. Hamilton Steelers W 4-1 Program

1989

1989 5/28/1989 @ Ottawa Intrepid ?? Program
1989 6/4/1989 vs. Calgary Strikers W 7-3 Program

 

 

==In Memoriam==

Former 86ers owner Milan Ilich died of leukemia on June 29, 2011 at age 76.

 

==Links==

Canadian Soccer League Media Guides

Canadian Soccer League Programs

American Professional Soccer League Media Guides

American Professional Soccer League Programs

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May 27, 1984 – Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Ajax

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Vancouver Whitecaps vs. AjaxVancouver Whitecaps vs. Ajax (Holland)
May 27, 1984
BC Place
Attendance: 12,509

North American Soccer League Programs
28 pages

 

A late era international friendly between the original Vancouver Whitecaps of the North American Soccer League (1968-1984) and Holland’s mighty Ajax.   The two clubs met once before in 1981, when the Dutchmen blanked the Whitecaps 4-0 in Amsterdam.

Ajax was wrapping up a brief three-city tour of the NASL that included previous victories over the Toronto Blizzard (1-0) and the Minnesota Strikers (4-2).  The Whitecaps were wrapping up an 11-year run in the NASL.  Both the club and the league were in bad shape by this point.  Just one week following this match, Whitecaps majority owner Bob Carter announced the club was in financial crisis and its existence was day to day.  Vancouver Mayor Michael Harcourt launched a Save The Whitecaps campaign, which fell far short of its targets.  The Whitecaps survived the season thanks only to a seven-figure cash infusion from Carter and his partners in mid-June 1984.

Ajax got the best of it in this match, winning 2-1 thanks to a 75th minute header from substitute Vilco Van Durer.

The Whitecaps, by the way, had a couple of terrific Dutch imports over the years, including long-time Dutch National Team and Ajax defender Rudi Krol and midfielder Frans Thijssen, who was a 1st Team All-NASL performer in 1983 and 1984 and was pictured on the cover of the evening’s match program (above right).

 

==Links==

More NASL International Friendlies

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Written by AC

June 25th, 2013 at 1:39 am

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