Giants pay back city in big way

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

Vancouver Giants' owner Ron Toigo promised big things for Vancouver when the junior franchise debuted in 2001.

"He kept his word, didn't he?" said Hockey Hall of Famer and Giants' shareholder Gordie Howe.

The Giants won just 13 times in their first season, but have made the WHL playoffs ever since. The 2006 league champs lost their WHL crown two weeks ago, but won the 89th Memorial Cup championship yesterday.

The 2007 major junior final four drew a record 121,461 fans over eight games.

"Hopefully we've established ourselves as a great franchise and people will want to play here," Toigo said.

The Giants' triumph came 30 years and 13 days after New Westminster Bruins became B.C.'s first Memorial Cup champ at the Pacific Coliseum on May 14, 1977.


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