1929-30 VICTORIA CUBS PCHL # 3 OLIVER REDPATH
A stunning example of classic barber pole striping and a simple “V” crest adorn this vintage classic from the late 1920’s and short lived professional Victoria Cubs of the Pacific Coast Hockey League. The Cubs lasted only two years in 3 year league. The famous Patrick Brothers, Frank and Lester, founded the league and operated franchises in Vancouver and Victoria. The Victoria Cubs’ Arena was destroyed by fire in 1929, after which the club played all away games for the 1929-30 season and disbanded at the year end. The league was comprised of the Portland Buckaroos, Seattle Eskimos, Tacoma Tigers, Vancouver Lions and Victoria Cubs. Due to the fact the team’s jerseys were lost in the Arena fire, they had to have worn two different styles of jersey for each year. I have not been able to find any images of the team from this year but I did come across an article in the Victoria News paper from November 13, 1929 indicating that the team did in fact get new jerseys. I have a photo of Oliver Redpath in a Victoria Cubs jersey that has “Cubs” scripted across the front. This must have been from the first year of the team, 1928-29 as promo shots were only done once for each player and usually during their first season. So if this jersey is in fact a Victoria Cubs jersey it is from the second season of 1929-30. I purchased this jersey many years ago from Lelands’ Auction House where it was represented as a Victoria Cubs jersey having come from an Estate in Winnipeg Manitoba. Oliver Redpath died in Winnipeg on August 2, 1986.