Time to identify another old hockey photo for my pal at vintagesportsimages.com in North Vancouver. This one came to me as is, with no information whatsoever. Luckily this one is fairly easy to narrow down to a specific season. The Vancouver Canucks began play in the NHL in the 1970/71 season, this also was the last NHL season (for a while) of Gordie Howe. Gordie is seen in the middle of this melee, so the photo is from the 1970/71 campaign. The game was obviously in Detroit, what with the Wings logo on the ice at the right side of the photo.
Another way to help pinpoint an old Canuck photo is looking for the "V" on the sleeve stripe. Thanks to the great site nhluniforms.com we learn that Vancouver had this style of jersey for only their first two seasons of existence. Below is a closeup of one of the Canucks in the photo.
Using the sihrhockey.org database, it's easy to identify most of the players in the pic as follows;
Detroit #15 Rene Leclerc, #12 Tom Miller, #9 Gordie Howe, #11 Don Luce, #16 Ron Harris, #5 Serge Lajeunesse; Vancouver #9 Ed Hatoum, #15 Rosaire Paiement, #5 Darryl Sly, Helmeted Wayne Maki, #16 Ted Taylor, #12 Mike Corrigan, #3 Pat Quinn
This game was most likely from March 25, 1971 at Detroit Olympia as Detroit’s #12, Tom Miller was acquired from the Rangers on February 2nd of that year, this is the only #12 listed on Detroit's roster for the entire season. At that point in the year Detroit had only one more game hosting Vancouver, March 25. The Red Wings won this game 4-3.